I will start with a disclaimer recognizing that I am not an expert, not a physician, nor a nurse. I do not have a medical background. However, I have collected a vast amount of information that I would like to share. I think what I share can be helpful to my community fellowmen and women. I am a psycho educator and will provide the material as such.Having said that, I will share my suggestions to help during these times of the Covid-19. Additionally, this information is valid at any time for our continued physical and emotional well being.Firstly, I would like to state some important information. According to the CDC, “the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.”As informed by the CDC, the Symptoms of COVID-19 are that Patients have had mild to respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. This illness can cause some patients to have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.The CDC provides the following measures of protectionPeople can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The spread is also possible through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. However, it is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.The significance of this virus remains in it spreading rapidly throughout the nations and the lack of treatment to cure. With that being said, let us keep in mind the seriousness of this disease.It is the responsibility of all of us to eradicate it. We must and should follow directives of social distancing, but not confuse it with social isolation. We must review our hygiene methods. We must consider being mindful of the way we self-care and consequently, care for our community and our planet earth. We are all interconnected and responsible for our wellness. We can not achieve self wellness without the wellness of others, both physically and emotionally. We must understand our systemic interface with each other and the planet.What affects one affects the other. We are one with humanity, nature, planet, and universe. We must be mindful of all.Therefore, it all begins within us to take care of the rest. I invite you to self-care with the following guidance.You have heard it over and over;
- Wash your hands more than ever and mindfully so.
- Sanitize your phone’s cell, home, and office.
- Don’t touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes; don’t bite your nails.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, doorknobs, handles, computers, phones and kitchen areas.
- Wash your clothes after being outside your home, in warm to hot water. The virus is not heat resistant. Textiles can hold the virus for several hours. Leave shoes outside. The virus lives on concrete from 9-12 hours.
- Leave the masks and testing for the sick and the healthcare givers.
- Covid -19 attacks the lungs. Keep your respiratory health in check. If you are a smoker, this may be an even better time then previously to quit. You are at a higher risk if you are suffering from congestion, allergens, asthma, dry cough, fever and have had previous pneumonia.
Remember, if you are diagnosed with Covid-19, it is generally very mild unless you have past medical conditions and a history of respiratory illnesses and or weakened immunological systems.There are a lot of bad coping mechanisms for managing these difficult times. Those may result in anxiety, panic, fear, agoraphobia, xenophobia, isolation, loneliness, depression, and even violence. Here are some useful options for being proactive in your self-care:
- Take vitamins; B, C, D.
- Take supplements such as Ginger, Turmeric, Antioxidants, and Fish Oil.
- Keep hydrated with tepid water. Drink Coconut Water. Drink Teas.
- Eat a nutritious diet. Eat a lot of fruits and greens that will provide the necessary vitamins and supplements.
- Get a lot of Rest. Get good sleep.
- Pay attention to what your body needs.
- Stay calm. Manage your emotions.
- Learn to Meditate.
- Soothe your anxiety with calming music, take deep breaths.
- Stay connected with your loved ones.
- Distract yourself with productive and constructive activities.
- Seek medical attention if you suspect any kind of symptoms.
- Seek emotional help if your distress is uncontrollable and or impairs your well-being and those around you.
- Stay away from negative triggers to your well-being like stress, toxic people and environments.
- Exercise, it strengthens your immune system.
Most of all, let go of all those negative thoughts, feelings, bad habits and beliefs that keep you from thriving both physically and emotionally. This may be the time to realize how precious life is and how ephemeral it can be. Treasure your life as it is a marvelous gift provided to us. Remember our body is our temple. take care of it. Recognize your oneness with the rest of mankind, planet earth, and the universe. Healing starts with you. Keep the faith and never lose hope. We got this.
Madeleine Maya, MA, Psy.D. , BHT 3/25/2020
WISDOM OF THE WEEK
“If there’s one thing this virus has done it’s that it has shown us just how connected we are as a species. We think we’re divided by nations, clans and religions. But we’re really just cells in one unified human colossus. We can get sick together. And we can also heal together.”