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Taking Care of Ourselves

and Others

   

and Staying Sane

in these crazy times

Are you feeling...

Concerned about the spread of the virus?

  

Feeling isolated, frustrated or alone?

Worried about your income, work, or business,

and how this is affecting the economy?

  

Grieving the loss of loved ones, and others...

or anxious about when all of this will end?

Here are some ideas that can help.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect our lives, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with worry, anxiety, or concerns for the future. 

Unfortunately, this actually adds to the problem.  How? First, it reduces our peace of mind and confidence about getting through this. Second, it blocks our ability to choose wisely and act effectively. And third, it even reduces the effectiveness of our own immune systems.

So what can we do to deal with our fears and isolation -- and still find ways to thrive -- as we go through these uncertain times? Here's our best advice:

  

1) Take care of yourself

...and...

2) Help Others

Think of it this way: 

By looking after your own well-being, you strengthen your ability to stay healthy and contribute to solutions around you.

 

By helping others, you contribute to their well-being, while reducing your own feelings of powerlessness + helplessness at the same time. 

This website is designed to give you many different and practical ways to do that.  We hope you will find them useful.

So where do you want to start?

(Click on the underlined title of any section below)

10 Things You Can Do

Here are 10 steps you can take to calm your nerves, improve your immune system, stay connected, and help the people around you... 

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Feeling Anxious, Stressed,

or Physically Tight?

 

No, there's nothing wrong with YOU.

It's a natural reaction to feeling isolated, or worried,

or when the world we know is turned upside down.

Here are some practical ways to deal with

the tensions, stresses and emotions you may be feeling inside. 

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Practice Self Care

 

One way to do this is by giving yourself a little structure...

something good or helpful to focus on each day.

Here's a daily calendar with some suggestions.

(Created by the Greater Good Science Center.)

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Humor can also help...

 

Does a chuckle help you cope, when things get bad?

Here are some gentle pokes at your funny bone. 

And when the NHL winner is declared, what will they receive?

(photo from @Benstonium on Twitter)

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Hope, Progress and Good News

 

The coronavirus is still with us, and challenging people in many ways. Yet there's also been a lot of progress and good news to report.

Here are just some examples...

People helping People

"Rise Up New York" raises $115 million, from goodnewsnetwork.org

A virtual telethon hosted by Tina Fey raises $115 million to support New Yorkers most impacted by COVID-19.

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tina-fey-cries-over-money-raised-for-struggling-new-yorkers

London's Wembley Stadium + food charities to provide 140,000 meals per week for the hungry, from theindependent.co.uk
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/help-the-hungry-wembley-stadium-takeover-food-charity-felix-project-a9503331.html

Progress with Spread of the Virus  (as of April 13, 2021)

These countries have some of the lowest rates of new cases among larger nations:  New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Israel, Finland, Ireland , Egypt, Thailand, South Africa, South Korea, Nepal, Nigeria, Algeria, Uzbekistan

from www.worldometers.info

To search information for your country, use this URL:
www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/insert country name

Progress with Vaccine Development (as of April 13th)

More than a dozen vaccines now have been authorized around the globe, with over 60  more in development, resulting from the unprecedented number of public/private partnerships worldwide.

 

From "COVID-19 vaccine tracker", Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society. https://www.raps.org/news-and-articles/news-articles/2020/3/covid-19-vaccine-tracker

Progress with Vaccinations (as of April 13th)

 

At least 171 countries and territories have administered more than 805 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, barely a year after the first Covid-19 case was reported. The current rate is 17.7 million new doses administered daily, and growing rapidly.

From "Tracking Covid-19 vaccinations worldwide", CNN.com

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2021/health/global-covid-vaccinations/

(Click here for more stories of hope + progress)

Coping with our Fears + Losses

 

This is a difficult time for many of us.

Would it help to just give yourself permission...

to feel what you feel,  

and grieve some of what you've lost? 

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Ways We Can Help Others

One of the most powerful ways to get through a crisis is by feeling we can do something about it.

Seeing how we can help others is part of this.

Here are some ways to do that...

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More Stories of Hope

Sometimes we also  just need a little inspiration... and see the good that's happening around us. 

 

(Get ready, because there is lots!)

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The Matterhorn in Switzerland is being lit up every day with signs and flags of hope. 

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A 99-year-old British veteran hoped to raise $1500 to help his country's Health Service, and ends up raising over $20,000,000  (£19 m)  (April 15, 2020)

Captain Tom receives over 150,000 birthday cards on his 100th birthday  (beautiful video)

The funds keep on growing (now over $40 million)  (May 15, 2020)

(see/read more here)

"What more can I do 

to make a difference?"

Here's a way to think of the power you have,

and perhaps don't even know it... 

 

(click here)

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Where We Stand

Whenever we have a challenge, it's important to know the facts about where we are  and what's happening. This helps us make informed choices about how to deal with our problems.

The same is true with the coronavirus.

 

This page can help you find out what's happening across the United States, in Canada, and in countries around the world...

Find out about Financial Help...

Financial Support, Assistance and Relief programs 

in the USA and Canada 

are available.

Here are some links to learn more.

Click here.