Repairing The Broken Heart

Life After Trauma

By Mira Cassidy

COVID-19, corona, coronavirus, no matter how it’s stated on the news or in everyday conversation, those words cause alarm, fear, and increased anxiety. The sad reality is life is plagued with uncertainties. You never know what tomorrow will bring.

It’s extra important to find joy in each day and to simply do your best. Even on the worst days you can be thankful for life, and health. If you have children, every day that your offspring awakes healthy is a blessing. 

Amid COVID-19, what can you do? Try…not…to panic! Of course, be concerned, stay educated, and take precautions. However, panicking can make matters much worse.

The fact of the matter is humankind has failed in practicing good hand hygiene.  Most people have no idea how to properly wash their hands. Literally, allow the soap to remain on your hands for 20 seconds or more. To be on the safe side, wet your hands, place soap on them, and then sing your ABCs and please don’t forget, “Next time won’t you sing with me.” Don’t forget to scrub in between your fingers and underneath your fingernails. When you go to rinse your hands, rinse them off one at a time. Lastly, do not touch the dirty faucet with clean hands to turn it off. Use a paper towel or your elbow. Very Well Health explains how, “Nurse Hand Washing is Key to Infection Control,” and outlines specific steps. However, there are many other sources that provide hand washing tips also.

Avoid handles! How many doorknobs and handles do you touch a day going from your house to work and back home. What about the door handles to the public bathroom? How many other people have touched the handles before you? Keep in mind, you don’t know where other people have been digging and scratching. Clean the doorknobs, handles, and light switches in your home. When out in public, DO NOT touch knobs or handles. Try using your shirt, coat, skirt, or a napkin instead.

Think about elevator buttons. Watch how you push them. Use your elbow. Even using your knuckles is better than using your finger. Furthermore, carry around alcohol base sanitizer and use it.

Practice deep breathing and mediation to assist you in calming your fears. According to “Breathing Techniques for Stress Relief,” gathered from WebMD, “your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Some simple breathing exercises can make a big difference if you make them part of your regular routine.”

Meditation can take many forms. It does not have to include a transcendental technique to be effective. If may involve sitting in a quiet room and reflecting over the day or week. It could mean reading something spiritual and then pondering over the information gained.

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to occur and it’s probable that it won’t be the last. Put measures in place to practically take care of your loved ones and yourself, and be grateful for each day of life.

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