|Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail|
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Collectively, we are thrown “off balance” which is unfamiliar. We are social by nature and now we are expected to do what is “unnatural”, isolate.
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All the while, we are searching for a limited supply of items that we once took for granted. We look for guidance from our public health experts who convey their predictions and recommendations to slow the spread and take precautions and honor Shelter in Place, (SIP), The ongoing images of stress and exhaustion on the thousands of faces of our doctors, nurses and those in our front line of defense as they struggle to keep-up with the mounting numbers of patients is staggering.
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This collective undercurrent of fear can manifest as: anxiety, stress, insomnia, fatigue, helplessness and isolation. Since it’s happening 24 hours a day, we are actually experiencing “PRESENT Traumatic Stress Disorder” on an hour to hour basis, with no relief in sight. Add to that, daily updates on new cases of Covid-19, we are witnessing thousands of businesses that have had to make difficult decisions to close their doors, employees who are now un-employed, and an uncertainty of how this crisis will effect our future. Our public health leaders are urging us to protect ourselves, families and communities by respectively honoring safe distancing of six (6) feet and wear masks when in public.
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Enormous thank you to our local restaurants are stepping up to provide meal delivery to customers and in some instances are donating meals to hospitals to feed our overworked, courageous doctors, nurses, EMT’s and hospital staff that are in the front lines.
Meditation - Get comfortable, close your eyes, breath slowly in and out, focus on the breathing, immerse yourself completely. Make is a daily habit, practice at least once a day. Focus on slowing each inward breath. Mentally visualize relaxing each body part beginning with your feet.
Exercise – Get outside for fresh air and sunshine, exercising releases mood-boosting endorphins, reduces stress and anxiety and is beneficial to overall wellness.
Deep breathing - Is calming and directs attention away from fearful or stressful thoughts. Breath in and our deeply through your nose slowly, exhaling slowly through your mouth. Repeat a phrase over and over that is calming and peaceful.
Smile - Smile with your whole face - smiling can help you and others feel connected.
Botanical scents – Fresh herbs pined to your collar such as Lavender, eucalyptus, help relax your mind.
Music - Listening to your favorite music is calming, maybe sing along or invite others to sing along with you,
Social Support – Sharing your experiences with others who can truly empathize will help you feel less alone. Stay connected via phone, social media, waive to your neighbors
Laughter - Find something each day that makes you laugh. It is one of our most human qualities and science has proven the healing benefits of it and the best part is that its free.
-Victoria Jones Friend of the Pacific Electric Trail