It’s difficult to predict the longevity of this new “normal” we’ve had to assume, but we do predict that we’ll need all the help we can get from our valued North Country community members. We’re looking for volunteers and we have placed signs around the region to recruit them.
We are not sure what we will need, where we will need it or when we will need it but we do know it will take the full support of the North Country to take care of each other. If you would be willing to lend a hand in the upcoming days, weeks, or months please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know who you are, what experiences you have and where you are able to provide help. A more formal Volunteer Registration Form can be found at the link provided. Any skill set is appreciated and resources will be directed to wherever is preferred by the volunteer or where the needs calls for. Thank you all! We will get through this together.
Self Prevention/Self Care
During this time it is very important to practice preventative care. Life has to go on and by taking simple precautions you not only minimize the risk of contracting COVID19 but also the typical flu and common cold. Practice appropriate social distancing - keeping your personal space not only creates a bubble of comfort but also a bubble of security, minimizing the spread of any germs. Wash your hands periodically during the day and before meals and snacks - a main source of germs and illnesses is through contact when you touch an infected surface and then touch with your face. These easy to follow directions may not guaranty you don’t get sick but the more people that do them the less chances illness is spread.
There are also measures a person can take to make their bodies as strong as possible and most able to fight viruses and infections. Self-care, especially during stressful and uncertain times like this, is extremely important. You have to find ways to stay sane, relaxed, and positive during social distancing and, worst case, quarantine.
Here are a few self-care tips and tricks to try out:
- Find the good -- at the end of each day, try to find at least three things that made you happy, or that you’re grateful for. Focus on the positives; maybe you ate a good meal, you found a great new album or podcast to listen to, or you’re just grateful to feel the sun on your face! It’s the little things. Share them on social media as well. Help encourage your community to “Be The Good”.
- Do an at home workout! This will boost your mood exponentially, and make you feel even more productive at the end of the day. You can find plenty of workout videos on YouTube. Even just stretching will help you feel more relaxed!
- Get outside! Social distancing does not mean social isolation. You’re perfectly able to take a walk around town, or even just sit in your yard and play fetch with your pup! Vitamin D + Fresh air = LESS STRESS!
- Read a great book. This will help get your mind off of all the craziness in the world.
- Just chill! You know yourself best, so do whatever helps you chill the f*** out! Whether that’s yoga, going for a run, taking a nap, baking, watching a movie --whatever. Produce positive, relaxing energy by adopting or continuing with healthy habits that make you happy!