HEALTH MINDED . . .
PANDEMIC CREATES SPECIAL COMMUNITY CARING
By Bonnie Carroll
Since mid-March communities throughout the country have faced pandemic challenges no one could ever have imagined, and my hometown is no exception. In April I heard about a real estate guy named Adam McKaig who was volunteering to go buy food, water, what ever shut in people in the community needed. His kind efforts have led to the formation of an army of volunteers called Adam’s Angels who collect clothing from generous donors, as well as food, water and needed supplied for survival like mask and hand sanitizers.
Each week the Angel’s show up at several public parks and display items for the needy to take. They also provide guests with a very healthy dinner and beverages. I visited them last week and was so touched by the care and kindness Adam and his Angel’s were showing the people in need who came to Alameda Park in Santa Barbara.
A local minister provided a special blessing for those in attendance and the Organic Soup Kitchen donated a delicious organic soup for guests to enjoy with salad, rolls and beverages following their opportunity to look through the items made available to them, which included clothing, shoes, games for children and more.
Adam shared with me that one of his hard-working Angel’s was a homeless woman who came each week for dinner and wanted to help. She is now a valued member of the Angel’s and thanks to Adam and his group she is no longer homeless. The Angel’s helped her get a place to live and provided basic furniture needs to help her.
I was touched by the dedication of the Angel’s and their positive attitude serving those in need in their community. I loved meeting them and am preparing bags of slightly used clothing, shoes and household items to donate to Adam.
McKaig and his Angel’s have been covered by local TV and media but say they don’t care about this. They just want to be of service to those in need, especially during the corona virus pandemic with so many out of work and struggling financially to keep their head above water.
KEYT3, the local TV News has created a special program on Friday’s honoring so many people who are working to help others in all segments of our community during these difficult times. Anchors Alyz Martinez and Joe Buttitta do a great job shining the light on community people stepping up to be helpful. Mayor Cathy Murillo visited Adam and the Angel’s and shared her gratitude to them for the work they are doing to help Santa Barbara people in need.
Our community is just one of many in America that is coming together to get through the pandemic, but I’m grateful to live in such a caring city with people who want to make a difference. It is very comforting to know people do car. God Bless them all.
SANTA BARBARA MAYOR SAYS WEAR THE MASK:
Santa Barbara County Health Orders Report 7/14/2020
Health Officer Order to Close Additional Business Sectors in Santa Barbara County
In response to the State Public Health Officer Order on July 13, 2020, Santa Barbara County Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order mandating the closure of additional indoor business operations. This guidance is in effect and will continue through August 12, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing.
As required by the Health Officer Order the following sectors must close indoor operations:
- Gyms and Fitness centers;
- Places of Worship;
- Offices for non-essential critical infrastructure;
- Personal care services, such as nail salons, massage parlors, and tattoo parlors;
- Hair salons and barbershops
Outdoor operations of the above listed sectors may continue, if outdoor operations are allowed by the licensing or permitting authority. Outdoor operations may be conducted in a tent, canopy or other sun shelter as long as the sides are not closed.
The full Health Officer Order can be found here. For more information about COVID-19 and the response locally, please visit www.publichealthsbc.org or call the County Call Center at 1-833-688-5551.
AP ANSWER ON SWIMMING 6_24_20
Is it safe to swim at a beach or pool during the coronavirus pandemic?
Health officials say it can be safe, as long as swimmers stick to social distancing guidelines in and out of the water.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from person to person in water in pools, hot tubs, oceans or lakes. Pool disinfectants like chlorine should also kill the virus, providing another layer of protection.
PRACTICE HOME CARE UNTIL YOU FEEL SAFE . . .
WEAR THE MASK!
TIPS TO STAY CALM IN QUARANTINE 2020
Surviving CoronaVirus 2020 Quarantine Insomnia
by Bonnie Carroll
I have recieved so many emails from friends & associates regarding what I'm calling the "Sleepless in Seattle" CoronaVirus Quarantine Syndrome that is affecting so many and I put together a short story on tips to combat the insomnia and other reactions to quarantine that also became a video on YouTube.
Getting enough sleep is imperative to deal with the stress we are all going through during this CoronaVirus Pendemic. I recommend taking control of your daily life to implement deliberate techniques to keep you calm, sleeping well and experiencing as much comfort emotionally, mentally and physically as possible is a must.
Exercising daily is imperative. Riding a stationery bike in your apartment or walking around the block daily is necessary to help you sleep, as well as keep your body strong.
Meditation daily can bring you special comforts and assist with low blood pressure. A variety of tapes are avilable online as well as actual classes to partisipate in online. Libraries also have tapes available.
Stretching every morning before getting out of bed is very beneficial to anyone with arthritis or in senior years. Yoga or dance tapes can be very help in keeping in shape as well as feeling happier. Get those old yoga or Jane Fonda tapes out and do what you can to enjoy the focus and dance exercises.
Aromatherapy is a tool I've used for years to keep things cool in my bedroom and throughout my home. Lavender is an oil essence that promotes relaxation and smells great. I also use citrus based oils to energize me in the morning. Small infusers can be purchased at CVS or Whole Foods Market, along with oils.
Eating healthy - crisis can create a crazy mind set that draws you toward all the food and beverages that will bring you down. Stay with your healthy fruits, vegetable and protiens to maintain balance and encourage easy digestion. I am a Keto diet person and have had to work at maintaining during the quarantine, but am staying with it and feel lighter and more relaxed.
Control those Electronics - Good idea to turn off computers, phones and televisions at least one hour before you retire to go to sleep. They are stimulating to the brain and can interfere with going into a deep sleep.
Please enjoy the video below discussing some tips that will help you stay calm and cool during the CoronaVirus Quartine. Stay safe and be well.
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