Your Part In Our Recovery

by Cathy Abreau, RN, BSN
As the weeks have turned into months, have turned into the foreseeable future, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect us all on increasingly deeper levels. Along with its high infectivity and fatality rates, this virus has caused mass hysteria, tremendous economic burden and catastrophic financial losses.
I don’t know about you, but every so often, I’m overcome by a wave of helplessness. I feel like a drop of water in an ocean of heartache and loss – Powerless to effect positive change to help all who are suffering. Recently, however, I’ve felt a glimmer of hope about my role during this challenging time. This is what I’d like to share with you now, and invite you to consider for yourself as your part in our recovery.
When reflecting on what will surely be an unforgettable era of our human history, there’s a part of me that’s grateful and humbled to be alive during this time. We, you and I, are alive here and now for a reason. With this calling comes responsibility. Responsibility to ourselves, to our loved-ones and to our fellow human beings.
It’s really quite simple: My responsibility, and yours, is to do all we can to come out whole at the other end of this pandemic. And to help everyone we can do the same. We all have unique and special talents to apply to this work – whether you’re back at work, working from home, unemployed or just plain stuck at home – your actions, thoughts and intentions matter.
So, I urge you to hang in there. Call a friend, write a letter, say a prayer, help a neighbor, make responsible choices, and stay as hopeful and positive as possible in your interactions with others. Do your personal best to contribute to the new beginning we need to create – New ways of connecting, doing business and creating meaningful lives. I look forward to seeing you all at the other end.
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”          
   – Mother Teresa   
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20 Simple Ways to Be More Mindful Right Now

  1. Pause right where you are and take two deep breaths.
  2. Look directly into your loved one’s eyes as you talk.
  3. Eat a snack with your full awareness – no reading, no screens, no conversation.
  4. Gaze out the window and take in the sights.
  5. Step outside and take a few deep breaths of fresh air.
  6. Pause and notice the sounds around you, both near and far.
  7. Move just the slightest bit more slowly and with more awareness.
  8. Imagine a time machine has transported you from 1915 to 2015 — notice what you typically take for granted.
  9. Consider what you appreciate about someone and tell him.
  10. Imagine you live in an underdeveloped country where having your basic human needs met is not a given.
  11. Name five things you are grateful for right now.
  12. If any of these are people, let them know you are grateful for them.
  13. Drop your shoulders.
  14. Sit up straight.
  15. Stretch.
  16. Hug someone and allow him to be the first to let go.
  17. Perform one simple random act of kindness.
  18. While waiting in line, resist checking your phone and look around.
  19. Smile. Make it genuine. What changes in your body, thoughts and mood?
  20. Smile at someone else. Notice the same.

Connection is the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued- when they can give and receive without judgment.” ~ Brene Brown

In my last post, I wrote about balance and connection as my guiding words of 2015.  Crafting a flexible plan to bring me closer to my intentions, I divided up the areas of connection into categories where I had been lacking: self, husband, and friends.

Connection with self.

If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. I would add — when Mama’s been meditating, the peace is increased.  Mood is infectious and the benefits of meditation are as well.

As counterintuitive as it may seem, it is vital to start here — with the need to get quiet in order to foster wisdom and clarity.  Call it prayer, meditation, or simply sitting in silence for a few minutes. Without it, awareness of our inner thoughts and experience is much more difficult to assess.

Although I currently meditate daily, I recommitted to 5-30 minutes of practice a day.  This also means offering myself compassion and honoring my need for sleep, rest, fun, and balance.

Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW, Psychotherapist