Is it Time to Leave the House?

Unfortunately, according to Scientist, Coronavirus-19 may be with us for some time, perhaps even years. There is no possible way for most people to remain in quartine, and homebound forever. Besides staying home, we know the necessary recommendations for remaining safe and virus free: wash your hands, wear a mask, and social distance.

Health experts indicate that the best way to slow the spread is to limit social contact as much as possible. There is no way that life will return to “normal,” as we re-emerge from quarantine. Nor is there a surefire way to eliminate our risk. A fact of life is that social distancing may be with us for a while.

Infectious disease epidemiologists from Harvard and Boston Universities say that there are options, and there is a middle ground between remaining in the house and venturing out. They’ve created an infographic to help us make decisions about social distancing as we leave our homes and begin socializing. Social distancing will only work if enough of us do it. If done correctly, it could mean the difference between the life and death of someone you know.

Hang In There!

Humans are resilient beings, with a long history of dealing with unfamiliar diseases — from the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic to the 2002 SARS outbreak. However, COVID-19 is unlike anything most of us have ever experienced. And with the quarantine, loss of our freedom, financial security, and other necessary resources, many of us find our resilience waning. Keep calm

Doctors at Medstar Washington Hospital Center advise that there are  small things that can help us manage our mental health during this pandemic:

Take a deep breath. Breathe deeply, ten times, through the nose, and exhale slowly through the mouth with pursed lips. It is recommended that this be done daily, as part of a routine and also whenever anxiety levels start to rise. Breathing techniques can help us calm down and give our brains time to pause, reset, and slow down.

Focus on what you can control. Anxiety can set in when we feel as if we’re losing control. The news concerning COVID-19 changes daily, and daily updates can be alarming, but we must try not to focus on what we can’t control, and instead think about things we can do now. Short time planning can help, try taking one day at a time, or even hour by hour to help change our outlook.

Do things that make you happy. Being homebound allows us time to discover or rediscover hobbies or skills we had little time to pursue. The sky is the limit, and we can use this time to learn or do something we’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to do.

Stay connected with your loved ones and friends. Social distancing doesn’t mean isolation. Technology makes staying in touch so easy, be it by phone, email, or social media. We can reach out and see one another with the use of Apps such as Zoom, WhatsApp, Goggle Duo. Reaching out goes a long way to provide reassurance that someone is there.

Take a break from social media and the news for a bit. It’s an excellent idea to limit the time spent listening or reading about COVID-19. Turning off the barrage of information can be good for your peace and as well as your mental health.

Help others. Doing for others is an excellent way to care for ourselves, as showing concern for others may help improve our outlook. Checking on elderly neighbors and volunteering, if able to, can counteract the effects of stress, anger, anxiety, and be good for our overall psychological well-being.

Most of all, continue to follow the safety recommendations and remember to stay calm and focused; there is a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel and we need to be sane and whole once it is over.

Now is a Good Time to Recharge, Recess and Refresh with a Good Book

You may think that reading books during this unimaginable time is not essential. However, reading can provide an escape from our worries. As we struggle with uncertainty, the constant bombardment of pandemic news and living in quarantine, something as simple as reading can help slow our brains down, as well as provide other benefits. Reports indicate that committing part of every day to read printed books can help make us more relaxed individuals. IMG_2420

Thirty minutes of reading can help us slow down and lower our stress levels, similar to 30 minutes of yoga. It can make us kinder by helping us to step outside ourselves and empathize with the characters. It provides an alternative to scrolling through cellphones at night, which makes it harder for us to fall asleep and leads to an overall decline in sleep quality. Some experts say reading books, on the other hand, can have relaxing effects, making it the ideal bedtime activity.

Try escaping into a book for a brief respite from current events.

Coping, One Day at a Time

Practicing self-care during a shutdown is extremely important. It doesn’t matter where you are; in this time and place, we are all experiencing a situation that is so unthinkable and surreal. No matter where you are, we have all been affected by the COVID-19 virus in some way, shape, or form, and we all have concerns, be they health, financial, familial, or otherwise.

Now more than ever, it is essential to take good care of our physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. We have no control of the virus or how the government handles it. We can, however, control how we manage our and our loved ones lives during this time. As we know, it is paramount to stay as healthy, balanced, and nurtured as we possibly can. There are ways to practice holistic self-care and build some semblance of enjoyment into every day during this trying time.  Remember, it’s the little things!coping_calendar

Spring 2020 – Time for a New Start!

Today is the first day of spring 2020! Called the March equinox or vernal equinox, it is the season of new beginnings. Traditionally celebrated on March 21, spring of 2020, according to the Farmers Almanac, is the earliest Vernal (Spring) Equinox, to have occurred since 1896. The term Vernal translates to “new” and “fresh,” and what that means is that our hours of daylight grow slightly longer each day since the Winter Solstice in December, ( the shortest day of the year -in terms of light). The vernal equinox marks the turning point when daylight begins to win out over darkness.

The advent of spring this year probably feels very different for most of us. Usually, I’m super excited about the spring equinox, but due to the condition that we find ourselves in with COVID-19 find it difficult to get excited. With longer days and warmer weather, it’s usually the time that I, along with many other people, begin to unfurl from the cold dark winter, attack spring cleaning chores, take long-awaited spring break and vacations, and plan summer outings anspringd events. Instead, many of us find ourselves, unfortunately, with the majority of the world in quarantine or under restrictions. It helps to think of spring and daylight winning over darkness.  

While provided with this unexpected, indefinite interruption to day-to-day life and activities, it’s an excellent time to just chill! We can use this downtime to recharge, rethink, reflect, and appreciate what’s important. Spring of 2020 will no doubt be recorded as the year that COVID-19 brought the world to its knees. But just like winter, darkness gives way to the light of spring; we must find a way to look forward to the brighter days that will prevail and welcome spring!  

Stay Positive and Take Good Care!

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The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared that the coronavirus outbreak is a global pandemic. According to them, the virus has spread to more than 121,000 people from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States. 

The virus is spread like a common cold, and precautions and prevention are similar to those of a cold:

  •  Wash your hands with soap and warm water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  •  Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  •  Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough.

**ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS ARE:

  •   Maintain at least 3 feet from anyone who is sneezing or coughing.
  •   Use face masks ONLY if you are sick or caring for someone who is.

It’s our government’s responsibility to provide us with pertinent information. There isn’t too much that we, as individual citizens, can do to circumvent the outbreak. But it is paramount that we exercise caution, perform due diligence to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit, by eating a healthy diet, protect your immune system, and remain positive.   All in all, it is essential to maintain a state of well-being so that we can continue to live our best lives with caution. 

 

 

 

What Will You Do with Your Extra Day?

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We know that 2020 is a leap year, but did you know that once the leap day is the 29th, that the sum: 2 plus 9 equals 11? Which, according to numerology (which I’m inexperienced in) equals 11, which is a master number. The number 11 has a special spiritual significance and indicates an extremely high spiritual enlightenment and awakening. Under its energy, we grow, feel inspired, creative, enthusiastic, and optimistic.

The year 2020, with its extra day, is the perfect time to seize the opportunity to step out of our cozy, comfort zone, which in turn can provide a higher chance to expand our horizons, make new connections, and land in new situations. We’ve gained an extra day in the year to take advantage of opportunities that abound.