I know you’re likely getting a lot of email lately about the pandemic, but I do want to help keep you up to speed about what I know.

New simple points:

  • We should all be wearing masks in public.  Really.  This has changed over the past week or so, and we are definitely doing this whenever we’re out and about.  They can be cloth, homemade (check social media for many videos of how to fold a bandana to make a serviceable mask) and if possible, wear gloves.  And wipe everything down.  Remember, if you have gloves on, don’t keep touching things willy-nilly.  You’re protecting yourself, but you’re spreading stuff around.  Be careful!
  • This is a marathon.  Many of us initially jumped into overdrive, saving our businesses, getting the kids home from college, etc.  Our usual schedules went out the window.  Who knows when we’ll be able to stop social distancing, so if you haven’t already, be sure to make a plan for yourself.  A new daily routine.  If you’re used to a gym, figure out how to do weights in your own home.  If you’re used to yoga, do it online.  Meditate or do Heartmath every day.  All of us need this.  Even I’ve upped my game on this.  But most importantly, just figure out your routine and stick with it.  This is our life, not a prolonged vacation.  It’s time to regain your sense of resiliency.
  •  So, in order to help you do this, here’s something new:
Brad Hubbell will be offering Facetime or Skype sessions to review Heartmath techniques, since we can’t teach them in person.
If you’ve learned from him in the past, but either have “fallen off the wagon” or are finding it much more difficult than it used to be, he’ll do a steeply discounted session for just $40 (we know that finances are a problem for most of us right now).  If you’ve thought about learning but just never have, he’ll need a bit more time with you, so there will be two sessions, booked a week apart.  Cost for the two visits is $70.
Here’s what you need to do:
1)  Email Brad directly to set up a time.  Brad@medicineinbalance.com
2)  Call the office to make sure we have your credit card information on file.
That’s it!  We’re just hoping that we can help support you through this time.
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One thing about all this social distancing is the simple fact that humans are meant to be in community.  Yes, we have technology to make sure we can stay in touch, but that very technology also continues to remind us of our isolation.  As Italian management professor Gianpiero Petriglieri recently tweeted, “It’s easier being in each other’s presence, or in each other’s absence, than in the constant presence of each other’s absence”.
We get to hear familiar voices, and sometimes get to see familiar faces if you do Skype or Facetime or Zoom.  But we humans are designed to receive regular touch–a hug, a pat on the back, something.
So consider this:  if you live without someone who can touch you regularly, you’ll need to provide your body some skin sensation on your own.  Try dry skin brushing –a bonus here is that it also boosts immune function.  Try soaking in an epsom salt bath.  Give yourself a foot massage and perhaps a pedicure.  All of this will give your skin sensors the input they are missing.
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I’ll talk more about this next time, but please realize that we are not returning to what we used to call normal.  In some ways, this might be good.  For instance, I’ve spoken with lots of patients who used to commute hours each day, and they are currently proving that they can be just as productive, even more so, when working at home.  They are hoping this can continue, so they have all this extra time to take care of themselves.  Most of us are cooking more–which actually thrills me–so will we continue this trend even when restaurants open back up?  Some of us are focusing more on self care–can we make that a habit that we continue after quarantine is over?  Many of us are dumping “nonessential” expenses for the time being–will we find that we don’t really need to resume them when the time comes?  I hope we all take this time to evaluate what is actually important to us, and visualize what our new life will look like.  What do you want to take forward with you, and what deserves to be left behind?
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Last:  a simple question.  Since we’re spending more time in the kitchen, would a series of short videos on kitchen techniques, and basic home cooking, be helpful?  I imagine I’ll have more and more time on hands in upcoming weeks, and I’m considering this.  There would need to be a small fee.  Let me know if there is enough interest out there to move forward…..
Stay safe everyone!