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  • Writer's pictureDr. Francis Battisti & Dr. Helen Battisti

The Zone - Volume 23

As many of the restrictions that were imposed in March continue to be relaxed and assessed, we can almost get the sense that we are in the eye of the storm. An uneasy quiet that can change at any moment. The remainder of 2020 and into 2021, holds the potential to become increasingly unpredictable. In a sense, being in the eye of the storm allows time to think about the upcoming months and how we plan to spend them. As we have experienced, planning does not always guarantee a desired result. However, it forces us to commit to a path and process that will assist us during difficult times. As with the eye of the storm’s impact on the severity of the overall storm, it’s also true that how we think, act and plan now, will have a major impact on our overall experience during these difficult times. During this lull we need to keep our due diligence and continue to take care of ourselves, physically, spiritually, and mentally. With all the activities and holiday that will occur during the next few months, it is important to be persistent, in the presence of possible fatigue.


Key Takeaways

  • It can feel like we are in the eye of the storm.

  • It is important to remain diligent for the health of our mind-spirit-body.

  • Planning can assist us to stay focused on what is important.

Best Practices

  • Stock your home with non-perishable foods and products that you use.

  • Take advantage of the end of summer and early fall weather.

  • Continue to appreciate what you do have.

Things to Limit

  • Thinking the storm is over.

  • Not practicing behaviors that keep us safe.

  • Letting fatigue take over our perspective.


Quote of the Week

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

~ C.S. Lewis


In summary, although we may feel a sense of relief, our fatigue can attest to how much energy these difficult times have taken from us. Learning to stay the course and continue to prepare and move forward can offer us hope and inspiration to create our tomorrows.

Be well,

Dr. Francis L. Battisti, PhD and Dr. Helen E. Battisti PhD

The paraDocs

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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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