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An Open Letter to Nannies Amid a Global Pandemic

June, 3, 2020

Dear Fellow Nannies,

It’s been a crazy two months. Like most of you, my day-to-day changed significantly overnight in mid-March. I went from working five days a week to six days a week because of the nature of my employers’ jobs during COVID-19. I went from dropping A off at his full-time preschool program everyday to homeschooling both boys with nowhere to go. Plus, I spent my one day off lesson planning. (I know you feel this.)

Needless to say, everything else in my life had to take a back seat once Coronavirus hit.

Previous to the coronavirus, I spent my weekends doing yoga, blogging, and running errands with my husband. It was how I recharged for the week ahead. While I love my job and was excited for the opportunity to use my teaching skills, I didn’t recognize the toll the new schedule and responsibilities would take on my mental health. (Anyone else?)

About one month into the stay-at-home orders, I learned that my grandmother in California passed away. Though she had been in a deteriorating state for several years, I struggled with the reality that she was actually gone. Then, I had to come to terms with the fact that I couldn’t be with any family or attend her funeral during that time. It was one distressing event after another.

After seeking support from my nanny community in Boulder, I made the decision to take a day off during the week to breathe, or grieve, or do whatever I did or didn’t want to do. That day was everything for my mental health. I returned to work the next day rejuvenated and ready for the days ahead. (Thank God for the support of other nannies, am I right?)

Now, lots of rest and three weeks later, I’m finally able to sit here and write. I am so excited to get back into blogging and sharing my experiences as a nanny!

Many of you handled the changes of Coronavirus much more gracefully than I did, but I also recognize that others of you are still where I was a month ago. I want to encourage self-care and prioritizing your mental health. One of my nanny friends told me, “You can’t pour from an empty glass,” and that is so true. Your health impacts your job and your nanny kids, too. Take that time off. Do some yoga. Read a book. Just make sure whatever you do, it serves your health. (You’re worth it!)

Best,

Liz (The Colorado Nanny)

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