Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us were busy. Busy was our lifestyle. Busy was our excuse for not exercising, nurturing friendships, learning or doing something new, etc. Busy became an addiction to the endless availability of environmental stimulation.
Enter boredom. Our activities are restricted. Now we are unable to find environmental stimulation.
Bored is the new busy. It doesn’t have to be. Freidrich Nietzsche described boredom as “the unpleasant calm that precedes creative acts.”
What if we didn’t run from being bored? What if, we visited with it, taking a peak internally and in that stillness unlock our own creativity or transformation?
Sound crazy? Isaac Newton created calculus and William Shakespeare wrote “King Lear” and “Macbeth” during a pandemic.
What will you create, learn, or discover?
Me? I’m learning to write more content on personal growth & work-life wellness. I’d also like to complete a children’s book.
Have you felt anxious, stressed, sad, tired, angry, restless, or in a fog like you are living in a different dimension lately? If you answered yes, you are not alone. I believe we are experiencing grief and loneliness as we stay strong in our fight to stay healthy as individuals and as a country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We grieve the many things we were able to do with friends, family or co-workers. We feel lonely or disconnected from our staying home in effort to stay safe and healthy. I understand.
In 2016, I was so excited to marry the man of my dreams! We were in our forties, and opted to combine our wedding and honeymoon so we traveled to a destination out of the country. Prior to leaving the USA, we talked with my mom and my futre in-laws. We felt blessed and blissful! The day after arriving at our destination, I received a message sharing that my mom had suddenly passed away from a pulmonary embolism. My world would never be the same.
I understand what it is like to not be able to see your loved one, visit them in a hospital, hold their hand, give them a hug, or hear their voice. I understand what it is like to virtually make funeral arrangements. I understand what it is like to go back to your life feeling so disconnected and detached. I had to learn how to grow through grief and loneliness.
Learn to like to being alone with yourself. If you are unable to like being with yourself or are bored being alone with yourself, then how will anybody feel connected to you or want to be around you? This is an opportunity for you to do your best self-care. Love yourself. Create new goals. Honor the process.
Release your expectations of yourself, your intimate relationships, friends, family & others. By doing this, you set healthy boundaries which will be rewarding for your emotional health.
Visit social media with intention. In 2016, I attempted to escape my loneliness by being on social media more often. It was August – December during the Presidential campaign. Toxic political posts in my feed only triggered sadness, anxiety and stress. What I found helpful was to limit my time on social media. It became optimized when I used it for (1) personal growth (2) professional growth. Intentionally seek out motivation, empowerment, mindset boosting affirmations, and for those you consider mentors or leaders that you can learn from to hone your career craft.
In times like these, you have 2 choices to overcome grief and loneliness. You can choose to nurture existing relationships or form new ones. The most important relationship is the connection with yourself.
Health. How do we achieve it? Weight loss. How can we make it happen? The acronym HOW will be our guide to avoiding weight gain and staying healthy during this COVID-19 crisis.
First, STOP reading the memes on social media that reference going to your refrigerator to eat something bad, or how you will gain the COVID 15 lbs. Why? Because what you read plants a seed!
Let’s get to the acronym HOW for How To Avoid Weight Gain During COVID-19.
H – Health.
We know that existing health conditions will place you at a higher risk for illnesses and COVID-19. According the the CDC here are the health conditions to be aware of.
Liver & Kidney Diseases
What is your current state of health? This will determine how you keep your immune system and body healthy, which may direct you differently regarding nutritional choices than the rest of your family. Honor that.
O – Online Wellness Programs
I found 2 platforms to check out. I’m NOT getting paid from them to share this information.
Noom. Noom’s approach is from behavior change and disease management. They have free resources, recipes on their website and social media platforms. I found some cool private FB communities that range from new moms to women over 40 & going through menopause. The opportunity for membership is available which will place you with a coaching team and goal specialist to walk beside you on your health adventure.
WW “formally Weight Watchers”. WW’s messages embrace wellness & healthy living. The experience from their website to their social media platforms is one of empowerment. I first noticed WW when my husband and I were selecting our dinners from Blue Apron. You see, I’m a clueless chef. I was seeking something to help a sister out.
WW memberships give you the opportunity to have coaches, weekly workshops that empower you and nurture your accountability. Obviously, with COVID-19 pandemic, the in person workshops had to take a back seat. No worries as WW now offers ZOOM virtual meetings and they are a hit based on what I’ve read on their social communities. VERY cool! Especially if members would get ZOOM bombed by Oprah … right?
Both online wellness platforms give you opportunity to gain health & well-being. Check them out and see what best fits you at this time.
W – Water
Hydration! Staying home means drink your water as you can take bathroom breaks at your leisure! Seriously though, drinking water helps your immune system stay healthy, it flushes toxins from your body, it helps us to lose weight and assists us with weight management. There are MANY more benefits of hydration that you can google.
HOW to avoid weight gain during COVID-19 is realistic when using this acronym! Let me know your thoughts!
Two words. Stay Home. In many households, the next words will be “I’m bored.” This week I’ve got 5 healthy activities for you to do at home! Leave boredom and move your body, exercise your mind and fuel your relationships!
1) Family Activities | Here are 3 suggestions.
* You know how some people have a game night? Have a “let’s find items that we can recycle and save the earth” night! Items like old phones, iPods, Flip Video, Cameras, etc. Apple products take some items back once you have deleted all info and you can use point to purchase something news.
* Scavenger Hunt | Last week I shared a well-being app Super Better. They have a scavenger hunt available that offers home hunts for up to TWO weeks!
*Learn a new language. Learn a foreign language. Learn sign language or learn to interpret body language.
2) Interview Grandparents & record the audio or video. Create family stories to last generations! Ask True or False or Fun Fact Questions! TIP: Note on my video where to place your phone, Ipad or laptop so your family memory won’t be looking up one’s nose.
3) Train Your Dog! Get up on your couch and train your dog! From sit-stays to walking on a leash, invest in your commitment to be consistent pack leader and nurture the bond between you and your dog.
4) Communication With Your Partner At the end of each day, share these 2 things. What do you love about that person and what are you thankful for?
5) Kindness Activity | Could be a nightly music jam session in your driveway. Next, notice at least 3 friends a day that you have not seen on social media. Reach out to them via text or IM to share that you are thinking of them and ask if you can call to catch up. People are grieving in 3 areas, (1) Loss of a job, (2) Loss of a loved one (3) Loss of a pet. Your kindness will help lift someone up.
This is how you will go from I’m bored to I scored!
This road trip takes us on a route for well-being during the COVID-19 crisis.
Dare to self-care using 5 awesome apps for mental health & motivation during a highly stressful time in your life! Technology gifts us the ability to accomplish well-being! I’ll share 5 apps that target mindfulness, resilience & empowerment! FREE to download, some have extended their support or free trials during the COVID-19 crisis! What can you do if in-app purchasing, not an option? I’ve got you covered! 1) All 5 have a website with FREE blogs & resources 2) All 5 have a social media presence on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn. Take advantage of their messaging!
How can you make money from home while going through our health crisis being COVID19? By cleaning out your closet! I’ll share 2 platforms that continue to work successfully for me.
Do you have clothes, shoes, purses, costume or other jewelry, etc. that you do not wear anymore?
Here are 5 steps to your online selling success with Tradesy and Poshmark 1) Create an account on both platforms because it gets your items seen by more people.
2) Photos of your items. Use your smartphone. Make sure the background is not busy. This is where you begin your customer’s experience. Take front and back, any accents you believe that may not be seen + the tag that shows the brand name and size.
3) Get a notebook and write as this is what you will reference when you upload your pictures. Write out the brand name, size, inseam, or any relevant measurements of the item you are selling. Write about what you would look for when you shop online! These are valuable keywords! Women’s’ Top, long sleeve, short sleeve, activewear, etc. Next tell a story about your items, like how that customer would wear it, with what shoes or accessories. Can this go from day to night, etc.
4) Price. Determine your price and view it often. You can change it or lower it accordingly.
5) Shipping. You are offered either shipping by these companies or you pay for shipping. Your choice. Just pack your item with tissue paper and a thank you note to your customer.
Every Wednesday I share tips on how to live a healthy life based on my background in dentistry. As summer begins to wind down, back to school health exams are in full swing.
Dental health is connected to your physical & emotional health. Did you know that approximately 30% of kids in the US will miss thousands of hours of school each year due to dental problems? Kids who have dental pain will have trouble concentrating in school and get lower grades.
Let’s start with what you as parents should expect from your child, teen, or young adult’s back to school dental exam.
I remember experiencing dental anxiety at a younger age before & during my health & wellness visit with my dental hygienist. Okay, yes I could have better oral hygiene with my braces, yet she had the personality of the Night King! Who wouldn’t be terrified of that for 30 minutes?
Approximately 30% of adults in the US are affected by anxiety. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we were to offer a healthy solution to manage some degree of anxiety without using opioids?
This week’s video blog, I answer a viewer’s question regarding dental anxiety and CBD oil. View and share your thoughts!
Did you know that 60% of women who have systemic symptoms of menopause will have an oral manifestation? YIKES! As IF hot flashes, insomnia and vaginal dryness were not enough!
Increase Risk for Dental Caries
Bad Breath / Oral Malodor
Difficulty Removing Dentures
The most common oral health side effect associated with menopause is xerostomia. Xerostomia is another word for dry mouth. Prescription medications, OTC medications, auto-immune diseases, tobacco, alcohol, smoking or vaping are just some of the contributors to dry mouth. How can that impact your oral health?
The second oral health side effect is periodontal disease and/or osteoporosis. Let’s begin with the recommendation of being screened for both in effort to give you a base line in moving forward with prevention or treatment.
Medication related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is alarming. Discuss with your dental hygienist, dentist and healthcare team if you have been on a high dose of antiresorptive medication for more than 2 years to treat cancer. Ask about additional medications that may be contributors.
Periodontal disease has been linked to smoking or vaping tobacco & marijuana. Yes, some studies has shown that smoking marijuana may help alleviate some menopause symptoms. CBD oil may be a better option for you to look into verse smoking or vaping.
The third oral health side effect is a long list of oral manifestations. Buckle up!
Be empowered with this health information and proactive in recognizing what your body is telling you AND showing you! Surround yourself with a powerful dental and healthcare team, determine which products will be your best fit and live your life in abundant health!
A few weeks ago, my husband and I traveled to St. Lucia for our vacation. We planned to hike the Gros Piton and even trained for it! What we didn’t plan on were the potential emergencies that can happen when you are out of the country! It was a warm summer day; our group had tenaciously climbed to the top of that mountain! I’ll admit it, this was one of the most physically and emotionally challenging excursions I had ever experienced, and yes, the view was magnificent! With 2400 sq feet up, it was time to make it back down. What could go wrong? One member of our group was lagging, I could hear them shuffle their feet, which is unusual given the terrain. After asking a few questions, it seemed as though they were showing symptoms of being hypoglycemic. Not one person in our group had any glycemic tabs or gel, electrolyte tabs, power or beverages or food. We only had water left.
I asked our guide where the nearest hospital was, and he answered: “the next island over.” WHAT?!
Thankfully, another group was also coming down the mountain and had everything we didn’t. They gladly shared everything, sugar tablets, electrolyte drink, and half a sandwich. Within 20 minutes, our group member was visibly better and physically ready to continue down the mountain.
After we returned safely to our hotel, we looked up how many people have perished on this excursion. The average is one person dies every year due to heat stroke or heart attacks. This statistic plus the recent events for US travelers to the Dominican Republic inspired me to share travel health tips.
Preparation for a vacation can beat an unwanted staycation
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BONUS! For fun, enjoy our instructional video for body shots over age 50!