In Events, Survivors

STEFANIE GLINIANY

In this month’s Teal Talk, MOCA’s Community Support Program Manager Stefanie Gliniany shares ideas for staying connected with others to promote health and well-being.

It is understandable that during times like this we may be feeling worried, overwhelmed and anxious. It’s important to our well-being and health that we don’t confuse the necessary physical distancing with social isolation. Staying connected with others is still possible and very helpful.

MOCA is making sure to offer virtual support groups for our survivors, caregivers and loved ones. Our MOCA mentors are available to connect over the phone or email. We’re also offering new virtual educational events, including our live Living Well webinar last week.  During these times especially, finding support and talking about your feelings helps us all feel less alone.

We’ve been sharing ideas for connecting with others during our virtual support meetings. One way is to find a friend or group and set a daily challenge with them. The challenge could be a mindful practice, creative project or healthy habit. Then, make sure to encourage each other and check-in to stay motivated. Another idea is to set up a gratitude tree with friends or family. Each member either posts on social media or sends an email message to other members to share something they are grateful for.

Please know that MOCA is here for you. If you want any information about our support programs, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at sgliniany@mnovarian.org.