The COVID-19 pandemic upended the everyday lives of people across the world.
Suddenly remote school, remote work, Zoom weddings, and even delayed funerals, became the new norm. 2020 was understandably hard. We asked Aggies on Utah State’s Alumni Association social channels @UtahStateAlumni, how they have maintained their health during these challenging times and how they plan on tackling 2021.
“Start off the new year maintaining close personal relationships and integrate yourself socially with the people with whom you interact on a daily basis. Research has shown that these two factors are the strongest predictors of longevity in life. As a gynecology/oncology fellow, these are some of the things that I inform our patients about as we navigate their cancer care.”
– Dr. Nnamdi Gwacham ’09
I get up and workout at 5:30 every morning. I don’t always enjoy waking up so early, but it makes such a difference in my day when I start off the morning with exercise! My day always goes better if I have made time for myself first. Krystal Plott ’04
I scheduled a daily team walk. We all join a call and talk non-work items while going on a wellness walk. Keeps us connected socially while getting some steps. – Jeff Johnson ’03
I have been more focused on my kids and my family. I have started working at a high school to help students get ready to go to college and it has been so rewarding to feel like I’m helping them see their options for a great future. – Jenica Bingham Whitworth ’06
I turned morning commute time into exercise time. I’ve lost 80 pounds! – Ryan White ’01
My best practice is reaching out to someone I can’t see in person and telling them I love them, I’m thinking of them, and something about them that is important to me. It lifts my mood and helps me be positive. I also try to get my steps in and work standing at my desk instead of sitting all day – Lisa Hudson, USU staff