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Covid-19 – Anxiety and How to Cope

This Corona-virus – Covid-19 pandemic has been changing the way we live around the world. What can you do to keep yourself, your loved ones and the people you come in contact with, healthy. It is the first and foremost objective and with that comes anxiety.

Taking care of you physically:

Wash your hands

It seems many of us may have been doing this wrong! Not a quick soap up and rinse off of your hands before heading out the door or your next project, but to actually spend 20 seconds at the sinks washing thoroughly. Not a problem.

Mask or no mask

If your not in a field of work that requires a mask, your not accustomed to wearing one all day or from patient to patient visits when necessary in the medical field. Today we are all getting lessons on how to wear them, and what not to do, (keep hands away from face, do not fuss with the mask). The most alarming thing about the masks is the medical hero’s who need them are in such short supply. See what you can do to help out with that here!

Survival Mode

Staying home the first few days may have felt like a mini vacation from your busy life, but your new day to day routine at home has you realizing that life is going to be this way for more then a leisurely vacation .

The trip to the grocery store can be filled with apprehension while trying to implement social distancing. Going out to eat, meeting with friends at a local pub are options put on hold for a little while until they slowly open again. Even with that, our lives will be different with social distancing and the options of wearing a mask. Many small businesses are suffering and will new rules will need to be implemented to accommodate their customers.

So we have to make the best we can of a situation that has disrupted our lives with an invisible monster and feel like we are waking up everyday in a survival state of mind. The wonder of what is going to happen in the future, worries about your loved ones, paying your bills, its all there and can build up anxiety. Counteracting that anxiety is key and using coping techniques to help us all through this hard time.

Taking care of you mentally

Lori Helms, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Sebring, Florida has a very helpful article about experiencing anxiety and how to cope. Take a few minutes to see how this can help you or someone you know.

COVID-19: Coping With Anxiety During This Difficult Time

Prayers for all to keep healthy!



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COVID-19 – DIY Face Mask – How To Care For – Patterns and Instructions

DIY homemade masks are not going to give you the protection a meidal (n95) masks will. They will however provide you with helping slow the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC recommends the Cloth Face Coverings (masks) “fit comfortably but snugly, have multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction and be made for washing and drying without damage or changing shape”. See all their recommendations Here for keeping them clean, safely removing them and more. They also provide information of what materials will be needed and a tutorial to make a homemade mask.

Here are some other places that offer DIY homemade mask tutorials and patterns.

DIY Face Mask with Elastic in 10 minutes – Sewing Tutorial
Melanie Ham shows you an easy way to make a mask using elastic.

Melanie shows you how to make a DIY Face Mask with Ties, Fitted Nose and Filter Pocket

Want to volunteer?
Joann Fabrics is asking volunteers to help support our Country’s Medial Personal and their goal is to have 100,000,000 million masks donated. Today the number of masks donated is 33,213,645, wouldn’t be great to see them reach their goal! Get the information here is you would like to contribute.

Free Mask Sewing Pattern from Craft Passion
Very helpful instructions with step by step photos, a video tutorial and printable patterns. Scroll down to the photo of the family wearing the face masks to see the list in red for Men, Women/Teenagers, Kids, with 3 options for for download. Hint: You could just print and cut out the patterns and use your copy paper and pins instead of the freezer paper.
Get the pattern and DIY instructions Here

Stay home, wash your hands and please implement social distancing to help avoid the spread of the COVID-19

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