Sunday, March 22

Today, is Sunday, March 22, 2020. It is chilly and bright outside.    

While there is uncertainty and fear around us right now, there is also love and kindness around us, always.    

During times of uncertainty, it helps to have some structured routines. We’d like to offer a daily anchoring message for those of you who may find it helpful for you, your staff, your loved ones, and/or your community/patients.    

Here’s what you can do today, right now:    

  • Roll your shoulders back, smile to yourself, & relax your jaw.  
  • Take slow deep belly breaths, allowing your stomach to rise with each breath in and relax with each breath out. You may find that each breath gets better and better. Allow your shoulders to relax on each exhale. 
  • Organize your mind.  
    1. Imagine a box with a lid. It can be colorful or plain. It can be large or small or any size you want. Put that box on the side.   
    2. Take those feelings that don’t serve you right now and place them in the box.    
    3. Now, place all the thoughts about things you don’t have control over, and place them in the box also.     Close the box.  
    4. You can come back to the box any time to add or examine what you have in there, but you don’t need to carry it with you. You can leave it for a bit. It will be safe there.    

Anchor yourself with this daily statement: 

“I am [*Name*]. I am doing what I can to be helpful. I love myself because I have kindness and love in my heart and soul. I am part of the global community and we are all working together to get through this. This is temporary. We can do this. As I think about those I love and care for, I send loving kindness out to all people.”  

Today’s Quote from Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood 

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” People see you helping. Thank you.  

With gratitude and appreciation for all beings,  

Naomi Parrella, MD & Fran Lee, FNP