Take a breath! and try JOMO during our pandemic

from esteemed colleague George Reynolds, former CIO and CMIO

I was chatting with an informatics colleague last week, mentioning that our family had spent some time in Utah recently.

He sent me this photo he had taken in Utah recently. Beautiful, no?

Are you taking care of yourself? It looks like we are in this for the long haul. Colorado is now under a stay-at-home order, and it looks like our infection curve is more like Italy than it is like Taiwan or South Korea: it is still accelerating, and will be awhile before the worst is past.

So, take a break. I tried hard this weekend to step away, watch a movie, hang out with the family, go for a walk, a run, a bike outing, bask in the sun, get some sleep, in between online-work. Maybe JOMO is a good word to think of at times like this.

We wrote on our family white board some daily tasks:

  • Cap your news/social media at 30 minutes a day
  • Exercise: ping pong / walk / run / bike / dance
  • Play or listen to music!
  • 3 Good Things

CMIO’s take? Do you give yourself moments of beauty? of music? of laughter? play a game?

Please do.

Consider asking your family members to do the 3 Good Things exercise (see above) , thinking of things you’re grateful for.

Hand wash. Stay healthy, best you can.

Thanks for the photo, George.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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