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Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, my family has been heavily impacted. My mom is a health care worker and is working longer hours than ever. I see how exhausted she is after her 10- to 12- hour shifts, and I cannot imagine what she goes through day to day at the hospital.
Since I am no longer going to work or heading to campus every day, I have much more free time than I ever had before. While I am doing my part by staying home, I have always loved going for runs outside. I was just at Peace Valley Park where I snapped this picture after my run on the trail. It is so important to take care of your physical and mental health by spending a little time outside!
Usually my family heads to this park together, but since my mom works from the early hours of the morning past dusk, we hadn’t been able to go for a while. While this time is difficult for all of us staying home and not being able to live our daily lives, I am truly grateful for my health and for our incredibly dedicated health care and essential workers who risk their health every day.