Some Healthful Tips For Christmas Cheer

Christmas Tips For Lockdown

While this may not be the christmas everyone would like here are some ways you can make it better than you think, we have the blessing of great communication tools so now more than ever make them count.

Please follow government guidance to keep this Christmas safe and well – many people especially the emergency services who are working on Christmas day will not have a chance to even form a mini Christmas bubble.

Use group video calls will make a kind of virtual party

Plan your call to have company for your meal

Choose some entertainment – many traditional group games will still be fun online

Quiz

Pictionary

Charades

Kareoke

Choose a film to watch together

If alone enjoy some good food and entertainment

Focus on the positives of the situation will help lift your mood and keep it elevated and reach out and pick up the phone – people often are not aware others are struggling.

If you are struggling with low mood – The Tapping Solution is a great App , trying to focus on 5 blessings can help to lift you up as well as seeking out funny uplifting entertainment.  If things are too much there are many charities who offer help via phone lines and webchat and A&E mental health services operate 24 hours a day please don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Reach out to people alone – inviting them to your virtual party or just send them a message.

Please check on neighbours who are alone not just the elderly or vulnerable – many people have no support bubble and this will be an extra lonely time.

We can and will get through this, but the most important thing is to stay safe and well.

For more guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family/making-a-christmas-bubble-with-friends-and-family

Lots of exciting things coming up in the New Year see Facebook events for up to date info

Wishing you all the best for a lovely Christmas

Stay safe, well and healthy

Blessings to you all

Helene

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What you need to know about COVID – 19 and who you need to ignore

So time and time again at the moment I hear the words “if the survivability from Covid is 99.9% effective why do we need a vaccine that is only 95% effective.” – this prompts a head in hands moment so read on.

My daily life at work in A&E

Don’t confuse mortality- death – with morbidity – the condition of suffering from a disease or medical condition – just because the survival rate is so great does not mean this virus is not serious.  For many the symptoms are thankfully mild but for the others they are not.  Many people are needing an admission to hospital and lengthy stays on the ward or higher levels of care such as HDU or ITU.  For those that don’t need admission at the time of contracting the virus they can still be suffering many months after with long covid – intense lethargy, chest pain, shortness of breath, much of the time these are fit healthy people who are now getting breathless on walking to the loo.  Sure they are surviving but are seriously affected – is this what you want?

This is the reality, take it from me, so who will you listen to?   Me, a frontline doctor working in A&E and seeing these patients on a daily basis or the person who keeps posting on FB who hasn’t seen the inside of a hospital or knows no one affected seriously with COVID?

Our NHS is overwhelmed not just with patients but short of staff who are off sick with COVID putting themselves at risk on a daily basis to do their job and we haven’t truly hit winter yet, we need you to stay safe, follow the guidance and keep yourself healthy.

DO

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

Don’t

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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“Perception is a wish fulfilled”

“Perception is a wish fulfilled. Perception changes, made to take the place of changeless knowledge.  Yet is truth unchanged.”  A Course in Miracles  T-26. VII.3

I read this quote one morning in my daily reading of the spiritual text A Course in Miracles and it really got me thinking a lot about how this crazy time is perceived – how are you finding it?

I feel it is very important to focus on the positive aspects and there is actually many – for me I am quite enjoying myself – yes I am going to work as an ED doctor and dealing with all that entails.  But I am completely loving all the opportunities that this lockdown is presenting in the virtual world.

I am checking out a variety of yoga classes – which I would never be able to normally as they either are in the wrong location for me or the wrong time for my shifts.

I’m attending conferences and retreats I would not be able to normally as it is difficult to find people who are available to look after my doggies and with the special needs ones there is only a couple of people I trust with them.

It is also highlighting friendships as well – those you think are good friends haven’t actually been in touch for the entirety of lockdown but new friends have been formed with people you previously only had a light acquaintance with.  This is a common occurrence with many people I’ve spoken to and social groups will be altered after this for good but having a good tribe and people who care is actually vital for health and longevity so this changing dynamic is actually not a bad thing.

I’m seeing people develop new skills or hone others and turn hobbies into new businesses that they’ve previously only thought about.  People furloughed are working on the land – and helping literally feed the nation and taking opportunities to make this a rewarding experience and empowering themselves to go beyond their limits, face their fear and create something else.  

I’ve started doing more online workshops and embracing zoom and I’ve also been asked to do some online ones for other groups, organisations and businesses that I support and am passionate about supporting.

I also see the planet starting to recover – fish are now in the canals in Venice and air is clear in China, people are more mindful of their environment and those lives that live in it both human and animal.

Blown away by the gratitude shown to myself and colleagues for just doing our jobs.  

It is in many ways a whole new world with many aspects of it wonderful and with great opportunities for lives to be turned around.  Friends feel life is less stressful not having the commute to work and working from home, and enjoying the experience of having more time to actually sit back and smell the roses.  All those things that were on the list to be done are now being done, gardens being dug and vegetable and fruit seeds and plants sown. 

Don’t get me wrong I fully know there are many people and businesses that are not having a good time – jobs lost,income/takings down but there is a community spirit and a chance to take opportunities elsewhere.  

Whether this will all extend beyond lockdown I don’t know but we can but hope the planet gets to reap the benefit.  

For me and for many one of the many long lasting images of this pandemic will be the overwhelming amazement of what Captain Moore achieved with his 100 laps of his garden – he is a beacon of what is possible – and how if you put your mind to anything you can achieve great things.