Take a minute to stop and appreciate all you've overcome during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world and the way people work in it, navigate through it, and raise their families in it. And although coronavirus has not impacted everyone equally — Black and Latinx communities, for example, have been disproportionately affected by this public health crisis — it has undoubtably afflicted everyone, in ways both big and small.
For women — who make up the majority of essential workers — and mothers — who are shouldering even more of the parenting responsibilities and are sacrificing their careers at even higher rates to care for their children — this time has been particularly trying. Studies have shown that the COVID-19 pandemic is negatively impacting women and moms' mental health, and as the country looks towards the fall and parents are faced with impossible decisions regarding their children's safety and ongoing education, the burden women are shouldering will undoubtably remain.
There is no telling when this crisis will cease. Now that as many as 40 states are experiencing a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases, and many states are pausing reopening efforts or shutting down again, it's safe to say the pandemic is far from over. Which is why it's important that everyone, but especially women, take the time to celebrate their strength during the chaos. Take stock of the hardships you've endured, the challenges you've overcome, and the tenacity you've exhibited that has surely inspired the people around you. It might feel odd and even difficult to celebrate anything these days, but the strength women have shown during this unparalleled moment in history is worth acknowledging and honoring. You are worth acknowledging and honoring. So take some time to focus on all you've accomplished in these last few trying months, and celebrate you in the following ways: