The Zone - Volume 1
The Coronavirus has disrupted every one of our lives. No matter how much planning you may have done in your personal or professional lives, we don't believe anyone could have imagined the changes that we are all experiencing. While we are all experiencing the same pandemic, we all experience it in different ways and thus, the pandemic experience is unique for each of us. Whether we are working from home, at the office or on the sidelines, we each need to care for ourselves, perhaps more than ever before. No matter how long the pandemic lasts, the impact will have brought about longstanding changes that will continue to stress many. Continued stressors on the body can bring about major deterioration and illness, physical, mental and spiritual, without one’s awareness. Throughout history, humans have been tested by severe challenges and much has been learned from these experiences about growing and overcoming life-changing obstacles. This knowledge can assist us during this time of crisis and also in the future for keeping our body-mind-spirit healthy for the rest of our lives.
While we are all in this together, our modes of keeping mentally-physically-spiritually healthy will be different.
The long-term stress impact from this ongoing "revolution" will have serious consequences for each of us.
We can see from history how individuals learned from past major disruptions and utilize this knowledge today.
Develop unique ways to stay connected and supportive of each other. We notice already that there have been a number of creative activities. Keep the creative juices flowing.
Accept your feelings as real and valid.
If your feelings are overwhelming you, share them with someone else. It can be a friend, family member, or co-worker, basically someone who is trustworthy.
Express your feelings through journaling .. it can be with Art, Dance, Writing, Music, or in video.
Things to Limit
Spending too much time listening and reading about the Coronavirus and the News
Not getting 7 hours of sleep at night.
Eating too much junk food.
Quote of the Week
" On particularly rough days, when I'm sure I can't possibly endure, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100% and that's pretty good". ~ Unknown source
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The paraDocs are Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD, Psychotherapist, Distinguished Psychology Professor and former Executive V.P and Chief Academic Officer and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD, RDN, CDN, Chief Nutrition Officer at SpNOD, Health Promotion Specialist, Research and Clinical Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and former Assistant Professor.
We have developed "The ZONE", because that is exactly where you want to be during this pandemic. A place of focused attention to doing exactly what needs to be done to get you to where you need to be. The purpose of The Zone is to provide a nationally distributed weekly mental-health and nutrition tip-sheet during times of change.
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