It has been a crazy couple of weeks. When I first heard Coronavirus made it to Washington, the state I live in, I made some rules for myself in an effort to keep myself safe and help stop the spread. I would order my groceries online and pick them up. I would order other necessities online and have them shipped. I would not eat out or anything that anyone else has prepared. I would stay home as much as possible. I would take supplements that boost the immune system. I would get enough sleep. I would eat well. I have followed that and will keep following that and keep searching for new ways to stay well through this. It is what I try to focus on rather than being glued to the news and getting depressed about it, which is not going to help my immune system or mental health.
I had already planned on growing a vegetable garden this year, but now that is cemented as a top priority and I will grow more than I had planned so I can freeze some for winter and pass some on to my family and friends. A vegetable garden offers top nutrition that has not been in the hands of others. I am also going to research which herbs are anti-viral and fight viruses and grow those too.
My work has remained opened and operating because we do not come in contact with the public. In one way I am thankful to not have financial stress, but in another way, I’m a little stressed about coming in contact with another employee that may not be taking precautions and may have the virus. My work is doing their part and educating all of us on social distancing, hand washing and everything we need to do to keep ourselves protected, but how can we be sure everyone is following that? We unfortunately can’t. At this point, I think it would be a really good idea for a stay-home order for all of Washington, but apparently our governor is not considering it as of now.
The governor did close all bars and entertainment venues and large gatherings. Many retail stores have shut down. Traffic is down slightly, but it seems that everyone is doing the same things. Grocery stores are still crowded with empty shelves. Little kids are playing together. Teens are hanging out. I realize the risk of death to younger people is small, but it can be passed on to elders or those that have underlying health conditions. We have to stop the spread and continuing what we’ve always done is not going to do that.
I’m hoping you are staying safe. What are your thoughts and what are you experiencing through this? What are your strategies to stay well? Would love to hear your thoughts about anything on this subject!
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