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Keep calm

Stay calm during the storm

We find ourselves in this time of uncertainty. A chance has presented itself to allows us to exhibit real community by staying home and protecting ourselves and others.

Chances to be good neighbours and partake in selfless acts are presenting themselves. I often speak about the importance of community and times like this really prove the importance of having others to call, relate and rely on. For me, community is important, human contact is important.

Stay home, be with your loved ones, catch up on things you are always busy to do. Breathe in the quality time. Add some minutes of stillness to your routine. Your body wants to be healthy, it has wisdom to protect you. Be safe, practice good hygiene as more layers of support. Don't succumb to fear, instead focus on the good. There is always good, always a light in the darkness. If the news stresses you out, limit your screen time, pick up a book instead, make a meal for yourself. Check on those that you know that may need assistance.

There is an ancient Chinese saying that goes "when there's a lot of things happening, stay calm and stay still." There is no need to act right now, only the need to be present. Don't act out of fear, act through love.

If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or fearful try acupressure.

The acupressure point Yin Tang or the Hall of Impression point is located between your eyebrows. You may have heard of this as the location of the third eye. Applying pressure to this point helps with both anxiety and stress.

To use this point, sit comfortably and close your eyes if you wish. Touch the spot between your eyebrows with your index finger or thumb. Take slow, deep breaths and apply gentle, firm pressure in a circular motion for 5 to 10 minutes.

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