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Calming the Mind in a Time of Unease and Unknown

Information on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Checkout this information for ways of calming the mind from all of the stress and unknowns around us. Find multiple links and credited resources below:

Credit to: Rebecca Corvese

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) COVID-19 Resources

Q&A on COVID-19 by FactCheck.org

COVID-19 Statistics and Research by Our World in Data

California Department of Health COVID-19 Updates

STAT News on the Coronavirus

Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response

American Heart Association COVID-19 Resources

American Society for Microbiology Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

California Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Resources for Employers and Workers

Rural Health COVID-19 Resources

Flatten the Curve

The First U.S. Company Has Announced an Upcoming Home COVID19 Test

COVID-19 Trackers

COVID 2019 Live

The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at JHU COVID-19 Tracker

For Businesses

Understanding the Economic Impact of COVID-19 by Euromonitor International.

Economies can rebound quickly from massive GDP slumps — but not always.

Gartner: How to lead your organization through coronavirus (COVID-19) disruption: Protect your people, maintain operations and sustain your business during the pandemic and beyond.

Financial Help

Coronavirus Sick Leave and Unemployment Benefits

Facebook’s $100 Million Fund for Small Businesses

COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program was created to provide financial assistance to all Veterans, Active Duty, Reserves and National Guard who are experiencing a financial setback due to the negative economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way has a COVID-19 Community Economic Relief Fund. They will help with bills, rent and food. Call 1–866–211–9966. Provide zip code and they will give you a list of local agencies to provide assistance.

General

U.S. Tax Filing Day Moved from April 15 to July 15

U.S. Travel Advisories

How to Disinfect Everything During the Coronavirus

How to safely receive packages and deliveries during the coronavirus.

A Movement to Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus — #StayTheFuckHome

Alternatives to TP / Diapers / Babywipes / etc

Tim Ferriss’ Twitter list of experts he is following for COVID-19.

How to Safely Shop for Groceries Right Now

How to Protect Yourself From Coronavirus When Grocery Shopping

COVID-19 Resource List

Mental and Emotional Support

WHO Guidance to Support Mental Health at Home during the Coronavirus

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1–800–273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Hotlines: 1–877–663–5433

The National Crisis Text line: Text “Connect” to 741741

National Hopeline Network: 1–800–784–2433

LGBTQ+ National Youth Hotline: 1–800–246–7743

Watch

Livestream home concerts with artists/bands — updated regularly

List of live streaming concerts

Live concerts to watch during the shut-in

Every Oscar best-picture winner — ever.

The Paris Operais is offering its most beautiful shows, from Swan Lake to Don Giovanni, free online.

Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up “Nightly Met Opera Streams”

Live streamed Readings of Shakespeare

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home

Paris Museums Put 100,000 Images Online for Unrestricted Public Use

12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours

Tour National Parks Virtually

Over 30 Virtual Field Trips with Links

Do

Download Duolingo, and teach yourself a foreign language.

Take Free Drawing Classes From Famous Illustrators

Morning MeditOcean with Monterey Bay Aquarium

A list of free, online, boredom-busting resources

Get your Taxes done

Take Free Drawing Classes From Famous Illustrators

Learn How to BeatBox — For Beginners

Read

How to Find Great Literature Online to Read

Download over 300,000 books from the NYPL for free. The free e-reader app, SimplyE, can be downloaded for iPhone or Android.

Exercise

Yoga with Adriene on YouTube

Yoga Ed on YouTube

Free or Discounted Workouts to do at Home

BASI Pilates Mat Workout with Rael Isacowitz

Continually updated list of Instagram accounts offering free dance classes.

Adam Rosante — Quick and Dirty Workouts incorporating dumbells

Amanda Russell — With workouts that have names like “The Coachella 5 Minute Hip and Butt Workout”

Be Fit — This one-stop shop for fitness, health, and wellness is dedicated to delivering workouts from top trainers, including the likes of Jillian Michaels, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks Jr., and others.

Blogilates — a series of quick workouts targeted at specific body parts, most of which only require a yoga mat, so you don’t need a lot of space for them.

Bodybuilding.com — For at-home workouts, explainer videos, and full-on body-blasting workouts.

FitnessBlender — Daniel and Kelli are a husband-wife team whose videos are for everyone, everywhere — even those who absolutely hate working out.

HASfit — If you’re someone who’s easily overwhelmed by options, take a deep breath before perusing HASfit’s YouTube channel, which has more than 1,000 free workout routines and fitness programs for you to choose from.

Jessica Valant Pilates — a channel full of full-length, ad-free workouts to help you hone the art of lengthening and toning your body.

Kayla Itsines — The personal-trainer-turned-overnight-internet-star tailors her workouts.

Scott Herman Fitness — primarily focusing on workouts that require some equipment (as in “carrying heavy stuff”), but his channel also features valuable bodyweight exercises that harp on proper form.

Cook

Smitten Kitchen

Not Without Salt

How Sweet Eats

Whats Gaby Cooking

A Cozy Kitchen

Cookie & Kate

Ina Garten is sharing recipes that you can make with staples that are already in your pantry on her Instagram channel.

Binge watch every episode of The French Chef with Julia Child

Drink

Stir and Strain

Imbibe Magazine

Art of Drink


Credit to: Rebecca Corvese

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End of Summer – End of Season Stress

After the carefree days of summer, autumn’s arrival can feel like an abrupt return to reality, driving up stress levels. But getting back into the school-year mind frame doesn’t have to wreak havoc on your nerves. Here are some tips to help you start the fall season right and battle end of summer stress:

  • Regular physical activity. Maybe you don’t have time to go to the gym everyday, even a walk around the block or time on the treadmill while listening to a podcast will produce positive benefits.
 
  • Meditation. Again this does not need to be overly time consuming. A simple three minute meditation can have substantial impact on your day. 
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  • Hit pause. It’s tempting to cram the last few days of summer with everything you meant to do before the school bus started running again. But all that activity can wear you (and your children) out. Plan a few quiet days so you and your family can ease back into the fall routine feeling calm and rested.
 
  • Focus on the positive. At the end of a busy day, don’t beat yourself up about all the things you didn’t get done (or didn’t do as well as you’d hoped). Instead, reflect on all the things you accomplished and are grateful for.

Managing stress can come in all different shapes and sizes. But, be cautious of the potentially harmful “stress relief” activities that might seem relaxing but that can increase your stress in the long term. These activities may include; watching TV, surfing the internet, playing video games or scrolling through your social media feed and have been shown to increase cortisol (the stress hormone) and prevent the production of melatonin (the hormone that tells our body when it’s time to sleep.)

If you have trouble developing your own personal self care plan, join me Tuesday, September 10th, 5-8 pm for the Self Care Retreat at Oscar Carl Vineyard.

Divine Self

10 ways to align with your divine self/authentic self

  1. Recognize your Creator
  2. Seek opportunities to put more love into the world.
  3. Set aside time each day to spend in spiritual reflection and contemplation.
  4. Become more accepting.
  5. Forgive anyone you have not forgiven.
  6. Recognize your mistakes.
  7. Try to see the good in others.
  8. Review your thoughts and behaviors
  9. Bless the world
  10. Be the most wonderful expression of you

 

From http://www.oprah.com/spirit/spiritual-development-and-healing-practices-from-marianne-williamson

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Never Go Back

“Pissin’ in the wind, bettin on a losin’ friend, makin the same mistakes I swear I’ll never make again.” There was a time in my life where I felt this was me, I kept making the same bad choices over again. Do you ever swear you “won’t do that again” only to find yourself back to making the same choice again. In his book, Never Go Back, Dr. Henry Cloud tells us, “Everyone makes mistakes… even the most successful people out there. But, what achievers do better than others is recognize the patterns that are causing those mistakes and never repeat them again. In short, they learn from pain—their own and the pain of others.”

These are the ten things he tells us to never do again:
• Return to what hasn’t worked
• Do anything that requires them to be someone they are not
• Try to change another person
• Believe they can please everyone
• Choose short-term comfort over long-term benefit
• Trust someone or something that appears flawless
• Take their eyes off the big picture
• Neglect to do due diligence
• Fail to ask why they are where they find themselves
• Forget their inner life determines their outer success
We must overcome our self- defeating life patterns and redirect our mistakes. Take a listen to the youtube video below. It’s worth it.


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No Wake

We went boating Sunday on a near by lake.  There has been more than normal rainfall this year and releases at the dam upstream are also high resulting in the water level being very high in the lake.  When we arrived, we saw a sign is posted for a “no wake zone”.  So, no boating over 5 miles per hour and no tubing.  Yet we still had a lot of fun on the lily pad, just floating and relaxing with family and friends.

Sometimes I think we need a “no wake zone” in our lives.  Our lives become too full and our levels (stress, obligations, to-do lists) too high.  We can declare a “no wake zone” for ourselves to take a break and relax.  So how do we do this?  We don’t have to make major changes, even small things can make a big difference.

Heidi Hanna, Director of Education at the American Institute of Stress, suggests ways to incorporate humor to improve our lives and provide a brief opportunity to shift our focus.  “Humor can be divided into three types of experience: the physical expression of humor is laughter, the mental navigation that occurs when we recognize humor may be referred to as wit, and the emotional delight we feel is called mirth. When we allow ourselves to fully feel the internal giggle of something funny, there are hundreds of chemical changes that occur – shifting our state from surviving to thriving.  All measures of cognitive performance improve, as our neurons nudge towards expressing creativity, insight and innovation and turning down the noise of the stress response.”

Techniques to Try:

  • Share a funny image with a friend every day via text message.
  • Add a funny cartoon to your email signature.
  • Create a funny playlist with videos you enjoy to watch during your morning and afternoon recharge break.
  • Go on a walk and look for things to find funny.
  • Find a funny podcast or YouTube channel to listen to each evening to reset your brain to relax

 

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Self Care

What is self care?

Self care is defined as “any necessary human regulatory function which is under individual control, deliberate and self-initiated.” It includes safeguarding your body, mind and spirit. It is, simply put, taking care of yourself, yet not at the expense of everything else in life. We all have others who depend on us; family, jobs, friends and self care is not about excluding those others from our lives. It is about finding a balance so that through self care we can be the best possible you. It can help you feel more connected to yourself and the world around you. It will bring you relaxation, rejuvenation and renewed spirit. And it’s hard work! However, it will bring long term benefits you can’t find elsewhere. Benefits for you and for others.

What is self care for you?

Self care is unique to each individual. We all need different things to feel energized and complete. For some its time alone with a good book, for others it may be a night out with friends. But it takes time and attention to what our bodies and emotions are telling us we need for each of us to identify our own authentic requirements. If we review the definition, it is under our control. We can choose each and every day if or how we want to manage our time and meet our needs. It is also deliberate. We are purposeful and plan for our self care time. Scheduling time to listen, reflect and then act allows us to fit this in our busy schedules. And it is self-initiated meaning no one tells us what we should be doing. Granted we can get input and ideas from others yet it is up to us to decide what best fits our own needs.

Identify steps

Identifying what your self care needs are can take some insight and investigation. In “The Art of Extreme Self Care”, Cheryl Richardson suggests you develop your own rhythm and routine by asking yourself what one routine you could put in place this month that would improve your life.
Establish your center. We all have responsibilities, important things that need our attention. If we are not careful, our hearts and minds can be consumed with the task of keeping our busy schedules. Instead of centering ourselves and letting the other elements of our lives take their place around that center we end up shifting our attention. What childhood activity can you resurrect to infuse more joy into your routine? What hobby can you make a priority?

Maintain

Self care is not a one time deal. It’s the constant repetition of many tiny habits, which together calm you and make sure you’re at your optimum—emotionally, physically, and mentally. If you are feeling stressed and not living authentically, you may need to rebalance.
In a study published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, Phillippa Lally and her research team figured out it takes on average 66 days to form a new habit. And that can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person and the circumstances. Habits are a process and not an event. Missing a day will not dramatically effect the outcome, just grant yourself some grace and get back on track.

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Ways We Spend Our Time and Ways to Invest it Better

Great podcast on time – something we all want more of. We all have the same 24 hours in a day and we cannot create more hours in the day. We can be intentional about how we spend or invest it. I love Jay’s analogy between time and money – do we spend it or do we invest it? A great tool to include with coaching to achieve the life you want.If you’re interested in a Half

 

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