June 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Church of the Holy Communion,

Living during a pandemic we will experience extra stress and exhaustion from all the steps we need to remember and perform to protect ourselves and others. It is no surprise that quarantine and isolation mean we need to take better care of ourselves. The following care suggestions focus on our minds, bodies, hearts souls.

*Soothe your Mind

Engage all senses when you eat: focus on sight, smell, taste and feeling.

Take a stroll to boost your concentration and memory. Getting out in nature at any

time during this isolation can boost your outlook in many ways.

Take a course in something brand-new. We are loving watching Met Operas

streaming, reading new books and doing Bible studies over Zoom.

*Strengthen your Body

Refill your water hourly. Your body needs fluids to maintain proper functioning.

Dehydration may lead to constipation, dizziness, confusion and low blood pressure.

Leave your shades open at night so that you get the sun first thing in the morning.

Go to bed early enough to get at least six hours of sleep every night. Getting

less than six can put you at risk for heart disease or stroke, especially if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Aim for seven or eight hours at 67 degrees F.

Grab a pair of dumbbells.

Weight training improves bone density and balance and lowers the chance for heart attacks and strokes Do moves like arm curls and lunges with 3 to pound dumbbells. Or do the plank with pushups.

*Soothe your Heart and Soul

Schedule time to breathe. Taking a pause to take a few deep breaths and have a cup

of your favorite beverage can help you unwind, lower stress and relax. Try to get 15 minutes alone each day to benefit your heart.

Steep up your morning routine.

Research has shown that drinking Green Tea regularly may lower your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. Other Studies report that drinking black tea often will help lower the risk for heart disease. Tea does not dehydrate you.

Be outside in Nature.

Boost your mood, sharpen your thinking and feel calmer and more generous. Being outdoors may reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

*Remember the Basics: Wash your hands appropriately. Keep your social distance. Keep your hands away from your face. Wear your face mask in public settings to protect others as well as yourself. Keep on top of the latest CDC recommendations.

With love and care, Judy Gardner, Parish Nurse June 2020

Good Housekeeping. Jan/Feb 2020. Health/Wellness, 63-66.