ExHALE

COBALT Magazine

June and July use to mean fun, food, friends and family. As a child, I looked forward to packing the cooler with sandwiches, mom’s chilled potato salad, containers of iced sweet tea and heading to the beach. As I grew into my teens, summer meant hanging out with my friends and dancing to the latest tunes. As my adult years arrived, summer meant planning an amazing getaway for a memorable adventure somewhere I’ve never been before.

June and July 2020 will also become memorable, but for all the wrong reasons. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, trains, planes and automobiles are all suspects in spreading a persistent virus.

According to the Center for Disease Control COVID-19 cases and deaths have been reported in all 50 states. Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19 to others, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Here is why:

1) Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can spread COVID-19 to others while traveling.

2) Being within 6 feet of others increases your chances of getting infected and infecting others.

3) If you get infected while traveling you can spread COVID-19 to loved ones when you return, even if you don’t have symptoms

As a result, June and July 2020 will be a summer of reflection, creativity, and mindfulness. I do yoga, walk daily, and count my blessings. My new normal consist of:

  1. Reading motivational books
  2. Walking slowly to take in nature
  3. Listening to music as relaxation with great headphones
  4. Establishing “Gratitude Hour” with a beautiful journal
  5. Giving of my time and talent to a cause I a passionate about

Most of all, I am remaining inspired while limiting negative messages, people and events to a few hours a day.

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