Fred’s first blog

It’s been just over a year since COVID threw a wrench into the world economy. “Wear a mask” and “Use hand sanitizer” are still heard on a daily basis. For many, COVID was a small inconvenience while for others, it was a tragedy. Personally, I have been very fortunate during these difficult times. More importantly, a sense of normalcy seems to be returning to the country. While wearing a mask and using hand sanitizer still remains the norm, many people are returning to work and companies are learning to adapt to this very dynamic situation. That being said, it can definitely be a struggle to adapt to so many changes in such a short period of time. The blue/gold team dynamic has been a struggle felt by everyone throughout the workplace. Fortunately, there are ways to overcome the inconvenience. I suggest writing a hand-off email at the end of the week encompassing what work has been completed and what still must be done. This ensures that nothing important will fall through the cracks. Additionally, the workforce has had to make use of virtual meetings like never before. While meeting in person is always ideal, a virtual meeting can be quicker and can lead to better attendance. Just make sure you are prepared because radio silence can be a bit awkward.

With all of the additional work COVID has caused, I thought I would touch on a few ways to reduce stress and anxiety during this difficult times. Probably my favorite method to reduce stress would be working out. Best of all, you can do this without wearing a mask! My wife and I frequently hit the local trails for a short walk or hike. We have gone everywhere from Shenandoah to Manassas Battlefield. If hiking isn’t your thing, then dust off that old Schwinn and go for a cruise down the W&OD trail. You’ll be sure to work up a sweat and relieve some stress. Lastly, now that the weather is getting nice out, I would say bust out the canoe or kayaks. Maybe even do a little fishing while you are out there. These are just a few of many great ways to have fun and keep in shape.

Outdoor activities have really grown in popularity since the beginning of COVID. There are a lot of activities and I strongly suggest finding one that makes you happy and is fun for the whole family.

-Fred Paul

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