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Remembering the Basics

Remembering the Basics

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

This quote from the 1850’s rather sums up our current predicament. As always, in times of crisis, heroes and villains emerge. We have a dedicated healthcare staff around the globe fighting on our behalf offset by groups hoarding basic essentials for resale. We have a stock market that has been up and down offset by an environment that is rejuvenating. Families are struggling to pay rent and feed their children, but they are also discovering that their neighbors truly care and are coming to their aid (from a distance). In short, we find out about ourselves and our tribe in times like these.

All any of us can do is control the controllable’s. So, what are they and how do we control them? The basics never change. So, let’s roll some out.

  1. Get outside – Enjoy the fresh air and take in the sunlight (Remember social distancing)
  2. Exercise – Walk, jog or cycle. Utilize your yard, driveway or neighborhood.
  3. Meditate – Take 10 minutes every day to clear your thoughts and re-center (Headspace is a great app).
  4. Stay connected – Utilize Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp or any technology to stay involved with friends and family.
  5. Nutrition – Make sure to eat your fruits/vegetables to boost your immune system.
  6. Be kind – Utilize positive vocabulary.
  7. Journal – Writing down your thoughts can alleviate stress.
  8. Read – Escape in a great book, learn something new, continue your education.

Try some or all of these tips to stay physically and emotionally healthy!

Be kind to yourself and to yours.


Cameron Black

Wellness Director/Strategic Advisor
WELCOA Top 100 Health Promotion Professional

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