CEDR’s Selfcare Challenge

Almost a year into this pandemic, many are finding our mental resilience challenged. Dr. Simon-Thomas, Director for the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley has found that the ability to be resilient depends on how we manage our setbacks and difficult periods. The good thing is that resilience can be developed though active practices that are scientifically proven. These practices such as self-care and meaningful connection to others, help us move forward in a positive ways even during a crisis.

One practice that has helped CEDR as an organization, is working on that meaningful connection with our volunteers. Team Leaders often check-in with our volunteers during an activation, and even for some time afterwards. Team Leaders do this to make sure volunteers are managing the stress and emotions that emerge from being witnesses to a disaster. Our Team Leaders know the personal impact disasters have on our lives and the importance that self-care provides to help us manage our physical and mental stress.

Developing a healthy self-care practice to increase our resilience and improve our overall mental health is not easy even during normal times. Scientists have shown us that it takes 21 days to develop a new habit, let alone a whole practice taking care of ourselves on a daily basis. However, the research of Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, has shown that with consistent practice we can thrive even during the challenging times.

Towards the goal of developing a consistent practice of self-care and positivity, we at CEDR have decided to launch a challenge over the next 30 days to help our volunteers and followers begin, develop and maintain a self-care practice that creates a mental resilience that will enable us to deal with any challenges that are ahead. We hope you will join us in this challenge and share with us feedback of your journey along the way. Please feel free to leave comments or suggestions about your self-care experiences using the actions on our list or from your own practice.  For those who are visually challenged they can access the text of the image at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CDNAvQS8amMD4qw7dI1mV5aW6jqAdxtubIWwbv2OFw8/edit?usp=sharing

If you’re new at these types of challenges, participation is easy. Simply choose daily one of the 40 activities listed and make a note somewhere about your experience: either in a journal, or by checking off the box on a printout of the list, in order to develop a habit of accountability. Please note that even though it is a 30 day challenge we listed 40 activities in the event you might want to swap out an activity you don’t like. We encourage you to give us feedback on our social media accounts to let us know how things are going. Every Saturday night we will be available to chat on twitter and get your comments or questions on your experiences. These check-ins are what we do every week when we have activations to share life hacks or challenges with our self-care practices.

For a bonus as well as a boost of inspiration, we encourage you to listen to The Science of Happiness Podcast.

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Helping Kids Cope With Pandemic Life

Pic of boy sitting alone by a window in a mask who is dealing with quarantine sadness. See article for resources on how to help kids with covid issues.

2020 has been a challenging year for millions of families across the country as routines and lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The greatest disruption has been in the area of our social interactions. With social distancing and isolation requirements  to protect our health, have come a new set of issues and stresses for all, but especially for children.  

Children don’t always respond to stressful events in the same way as adults do. Often they are unable to articulate how they are feeling or pinpoint a cause. However, there are behavioral clues that can help parents and other adults know they are not managing to deal with stress well. Some of these are: 

  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
  • Irritability and “acting out” behaviors
  • Lack of school interest or poor performance
  • Avoidance of school work, including simple tasks 
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

Children sometimes learn ways to cope with stressful situations from cues they receive from their peers and adults in their lives. The social isolation required by this pandemic has not been easy, as children and all the adults around them have been greatly impacted by the uncertainties of COVID-19. It is therefore important for parents to first identify any issues and then help their children develop coping strategies that will enable their resilience in dealing with the challenges that covid will continue to create in our lives. 

The University of Colorado School of Medicine offers a number of tips to help support children. They include:  

  • Taking time to talk with your children about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child can understand. It’s important to acknowledge their fears and concerns.
  • Reassure them that they are safe. Share with them how you deal with your own stresses so that they can learn from your own coping mechanisms and can approach you when they are concerned or fearful.
  • Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage about COVID-19. Children may misinterpret what they see or hear and may get frightened about something they don’t understand.
  • Make sure you create and maintain a sense of structure and routine, which often provides comfort to children. 
  • Be a role model; take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your own friends and family members virtually so they can learn to use technology for peer and family support.

We have listed below some additional resources you might find helpful in supporting your children during this time: 

For more resources related to children, teens and homeschooling during this pandemic, please visit our CORONAVIRUS COVID19 RESOURCES page.

COVID Personal Safety Tips

Article updated November 28, 2020

Even though scientists are continuously discovering new information since the Coronavirus emerged, some of the basic safety measures still remain the same. For example, after dozens of studies, the fact that the #coronavirus can live on some surfaces for a long time is still true, but where there are differences is in exactly how long it can survive on different surfaces like paper, plastic, and metal. Regardless of how long it does live on a surface, there are still 3 personal strategies that have been essential in helping people protect themselves against COVID-19:

  • Personal hygiene practices: washing hands vigorously
  • Environmental cleanliness: disinfecting commonly touched surfaces
  • Personal behavior practices: Wearing masks & Social Distancing

The most effective and easiest method of personal protection against #COVID19 is by not touching your face. That alone will dramatically cut your exposure to the virus. Next is developing a practice of hand washing before and after certain activities:
https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1244006497635491841/pu/vid/720×720/qcd8t8vDorTauiLB.mp4?tag=10

By now you’ve heard a lot about 1 personal hygiene habit, that is extremely important: washing your hands. Here’s a video on the best way to wash so you are sure you’ve killed all harmful bacteria and viruses like COVID19.

Two other practices that are equally important is how you sneeze or cough and where. But even most important is what you do immediately afterwards. Even if you use your sleeve, use a tissue to wipe your face. Then immediately dispose of it in the trash. In order not to infect anyone else you should wash your hands immediately or use hand sanitizer.

Understanding how we get infected, helps us to know how to prevent getting sick. Below is a wonderful infographic that can be used to show others how the coronavirus infects and is transmitted to groups of all ages. Click through the cartoon to read the story

Studies have shown that not all disinfectant products are effective at killing #COVID19. The EPA has a list of over 500 disinfectants that are effective at killing this coronavirus, also known commonly as #COVID19, or by its scientific name: SARS-COV-2. Please visit this linked EPA page to see the full list.

Sadly, not everything in your life can be cleaned with a disinfectant. In fact the items that poses the most danger to you is something you need to learn how to clean differently. What is it? Your cellphone. Studies have shown that our cellphones have more bacteria than our toilets – Ewww, I know.
But because cellphones are electronic you cannot spray them with disinfectants. Watch the video through the link below to learn how to clean and disinfect your mobile phone without causing any damage.

throuhttps://komonews.com/news/coronavirus/heres-how-to-clean-your-electronic-devices-without-damaging-them?jwsource=cl

By The way, not all hand sanitizers are effective. Here’s how to select the ones that can kill the #Coronavirus #COVID19 and how to use them so they’re effective. Link: http://bit.ly/38tKvYe

When to use a sanitizer and What Type

Protecting your family involves more than handwashing, it involves planning and a new way of doing things. For example: it involves wiping down your groceries before putting them away; storing the shoes you wore outside in an area where they won’t infect your family or pets; making certain plans in order to help vulnerable family members avoid others who might carry carriers of #COVID19. You can find all of this and more in the Household Pandemic Guide posted here: bit.ly/2HS03ue

Finally, stay informed of #coronavirus community spread and school and other closures in your area by signing up for updates with your local/county health department as they will be the ones responsible for making those decisions. Follow your State & local Health Depts on fb/twitter and online to learn of health alerts in your area. To find them visit:
https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

Coronavirus Community Resources

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We have a variety of resources for Individuals, Families and Small Business

Here are some free #coronavirus resources posted on our website for you:
-Personal Protection Resources – http://bit.ly/2IHRbI3
-Understanding #CommunitySpread, containment and mitigation + Resources – http://bit.ly/33eDzNV
-Community Spread Part 1- http://bit.ly/2wUNZGe

For Single Parents Who are Working and Homeschooling
We asked a mom, who has mastered the art of #homeschooling and #workingremotely to share her experiences in a blog post to help our followers prepare for that transition. We’ve posted it on our blog so please go visit: http://bit.ly/2TSPfTn

Tonight 3 resources for small companies that have to transition employees to work remotely due to COVID19 .

Our Daily Self-care Reminder: Take care of YOU
In order to address anxiety you have to be able to identify it.
This linked article will help you: Understand why COVID Anxiety is hard to control: 7 reasons why it’s hard to control your coronavirus anxiety

A psychologist explains how to get a grip on our coronavirus anxiety triggered by COVID-19, and provides 7 strategies to help us cope during this pandemic.
http://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207

Working from Home with Children Without Losing Your Mind + 8 Resources to Help

Two parents trying to work remotely with children underfoot

By Guest Author/ CEDR Volunteer – Sandi Luipersbeck

So, you checked your email last week only to learn that your company was sending workers home to telecommute. Now you’re getting ready to try to accomplish your basic work tasks while trying to determine what your children will be doing for school, and wondering how in the world you’ll meet all your deadlines. Before you start pulling out your hair and running for the exits, there are a few basic things to remember which I will share below along with 8 resources to help during this time.

Determine What Resources are Being Offered
First, determine what resources your local school system will be providing you with if any. In some areas, schools are providing parents with access to distance learning materials so that they can access full courses with live instructors online. In other areas, schools are providing parents with take-home educational packets. And in some locations parents are being asked to homeschool their children for an indefinite period of time. Your first step is to determine what educational resources are being offered to you, so you’ll know if you need to create a curriculum, find a pre-created curriculum, or use the curriculum that is being provided.

You’re in Uncharted Territory
Keep in mind that no one knows how to do what you’re doing “correctly” because as a nation we’re all exploring new territory. This is the first time, historically, that we’ve needed to be able to work from home in technological careers while teaching and entertaining our children. Previous generations were able to manage working, schooling, and housekeeping by focusing on one task at a time, but that’s often difficult as modern tasks multiply. Once you know which type of schooling you’ll be responsible for, you’ll be able to work your child’s education into the daily flow of your household.

Go Easy on Yourself
It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to accomplish as much as you can at the office – go easy on yourself, and on your colleagues. Everyone is dealing with a large amount of stress at the moment. Deadlines may need to be adjusted, dates may need to be rearranged, and projects may not move along as quickly as they would if everyone was working in the office. It’s important to understand that it’ll take some time for everyone to get up to speed. Your children may also take some time to adjust to the new situation and settle into the new routine. Again, go easy on yourself, as this is a novel situation for everyone.

Keep Timing in Mind
As you go through your day, both careful timing and flexibility will be important. Set aside specific chunks of your day for dedicated, focused work. This may be time when your child is sleeping, entertained with another activity, or working on their schoolwork. Use other blocks of time for less focused work like returning phone calls, making lists, returning emails, and organizing your tasks. As you adapt to working from home, you’ll develop a “flow” of accomplishing your daily business tasks while also caring for your family. You can plan for breaks for meals, time to review schoolwork, and any quieter times that various family members will need throughout the day, as well. 

CEDR will be offering ongoing blog posts about adjusting to telecommuting, handling education from home, additional resources for parents, and managing a household during a crisis. Feel free to drop a comment below with any suggestions or specific topics that you’d like to see.

Here are 8 resources and fun hacks you can use to educate your children during a quarantine:

Since there have been many #schoolclosures announced today, we are separating the #coronavirus #resources from the #COVID19 stats to provide you with #hacks and all you need to keep your sanity while being the coolest #Parents on the planet. Please RT this so others can find. Thx! Articles on how to talk to our youngest children about the #Coronavirus #COVID19: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-talking-about-the-coronavirus

Educational Entertainment is going to be important while the kids are home. Reward children for completing their work and chores on schedule with extra viewing time; the catch is it can only be via free streaming on PBS. Elmo will be happy to see them. https://www.pbs.org/

Raising Dragons is a fun website that help get kids interestested in science. Activities are by age and parent involvement varies. Don’t forget to create a bookmark section to revisit the sites you find interesting and useful. https://www.raisingdragons.com/

Afraid your child might not learn or be left behind educationally? A great free resource is Khan’s Academy. They offer personalized learning to students of all ages including those AP subjects that can be challenging for Juniors and Seniors. #CEDRdigital volunteers highly reccomend: https://www.khanacademy.org/

And how about instead of going to the zoo, we bring the zoo to you. Join the Cincinnati Zoo for a virtual Home Safari. They are live each weekday at 3pm EST where they will highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do at home. https://facebook.com/cincinnatizoo/photos/a.96076385478/10158043842200479/?type=3&theater

And just because your indoors does NOT mean you get to skip Phys Ed. There are plenty of free kid-friendly yoga classes that parents can join in on. My son’s all-time favorite is Goat Yoga with Kids from Iowa PBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vtfkq2HvwI

Finally, something you both can share… quiet time…in the form of a guided meditation. Headspace and YouTube have free guided meditations for kids. It’s a great way to get frustrated ansty kids to relax and its an activity you can both do together or apart.

Don’t forget to visit our website for more tips, hacks & resources:
Homeschooling Week 1
Homeschooling Week 2




Community Spread Part 2 COVID19 RESOURCES

This Post continues the theme of: How to Prevention COVID spread

Since the World Health Org has declared #COVID-19 a global pandemic, we thought it best to share some basic info – our Coronavirus Personal Protection Page which includes a Household Pandemic Guide:
Link: http://bit.ly/39uBwY9

As #coronavirus spreads on its predicted course, the US has also responded with measures aimed at curbing it. Two days ago we began to help our followers in #NH #MA #FL #CA #NJ understand what #COVID19 Community Spread is and its impact via a thread: http://bit.ly/38DUYRg

We’ve seen how #NY & #Washington state have implemented Social Distancing measures and these were different based on how far the disease has spread in each of their communities. The Gov created a containment zone for the town of #NewRochelle with had already over 100 cases under a 1mile radius. Washington chose a number of closures/bans aimed at social distancing to stop their spread. In both cases they are a multi-layered approach that expands from voluntary to mandatory depending on the severity of the spread.
Link: https://afludiary.blogspot.com/2019/11/the-who-npi-guidance-social-distancing.html

These #COVID19 efforts are based on established scientific practices that have worked successfully in the past. Below is an article of a Tale of 2 Cities (Philly & St. Louis) during the Spanish Flu Pandemic and the choices they made impacted them.
https://qz.com/1816060/a-chart-of-the-1918-spanish-flu-shows-why-social-distancing-works/

The US has learned from how #China, #Singapore, #Hong Kong & #Italy have responded to their #COVID19 #coronavirus outbreaks & have learned from their successes and failures. The #US & #EU CDC have adjusted their guidelines accordingly.The EU CDC published them in the following publication (pgs 3-4)
LINK: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/social-distancing-measures-in-response-to-the-COVID-19-epidemic.pdf

All these efforts are to achieve two goals:

Which brings to the US. Many people are already complaining about school closures or events being cancelled. In Italy, some of the mid-level measures were not followed by communities, as a result we are seeing a repeat of scenes from Wuhan, of people dying for lack of equipment or beds
https://www.politico.eu/article/coronavirus-italy-doctors-tough-calls-survival/

So if you see/hear Please Wash Your Hands & Stay home, it’s because we understand disaster response and know what will be experienced in the US in about 4 weeks if the measures in place right now are not taken seriously. So please develop the habits below NOW

Prevention measures for community spread from the City of Palo Alto

And we suggest you also do the following:
First, locate and sign up for alerts with your state AND local health departments or Emergency Management to stay informed. Locate your local health department by going to: https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

Share these resources with friends, but please don’t badger them because the more you persist they’ll resist. When they’re ready share these threads, that’s why we created them. We know there will be people who won’t listen even when they themselves are sick.

Instead focus on you and your family and do everything you can to stay healthy and serene. Our bodies respond to stress by lowering our immune systems and making us candidates for illness. So find ways to DE-STRESS rather than be in DISTRESS!

Community Spread Part 1 COVID-19 Resources

Coronavirus Preparedness Resources & Tips
Here are our most popular Coronavirus Tweet Threads on Twitter:
-Personal Protection: http://bit.ly/39uBwY9
-Understanding Community Spread: http://bit.ly/38DUYRg
You can also find related posts here –>>> https://bit.ly/2V45DB8

Today’s Post is a continuation of the Community Spread theme, however, here we will focus on how you are the first line of defense.

COVID Protection Begins With You
a)The protective measures we use
b)How we interact with others in our community
c)How we interact with our environment
We’ll do a brief overview of (a) [see tweet 3]
Then we’ll move on to (b) us & our community

We’ve been covering Personal Protection since mid-February, but we’re reposting a viral tweet on how/why soap is such an effective #COVID19 tool:
https://virologydownunder.com/why-does-soap-work-so-well-on-sars-cov-2/

But as #COVID19 spreads hand washing as a Protection is 1 tool in a multi-layered strategy. Below are other measures we must take to help stop community spread in our own homes first. Those habits will help us stay healthy and avoid infection in our own community

7a) Once a contagious disease like #COVID19 spreads in a community the next most effective way of stopping it is through Social distancing. Today Chicago & NY implemented different levels of social distancing. In the video via the link below, Dr. Arwady explains Level 1
http://bit.ly/2vVdLtS

7b) In #NY, a moderate level of mitigation was not enough to curb the rapid spread of #COVID19 in #NewRockelle #NY. As a result, the Gov increased the measures to a Level 3 with many closures and to support those who lived there the Gov of New York state activated the National Guard. They will also be helping the #NewYork State Health Dept with testing logistics. Because the spread has infected hundreds and there are over two thousands more who are potentially infected and currently in quarantine, it required a more drastic measure to keep everyone safe.

8) Today was Italy’s first day using a Level 3 Mitigation strategy – a lockdown, in order to stop the spread and reduce the deaths. In the U.S. 2 cities have opted for a more limited strategy, which has been effective in #Singapore & #Vietnam. That did not work in the Northern region of Italy and so the lockdown was expanded.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-51810673

9) Social distancing measures are not without emotional impact. This past week not being able to be together for religious holidays impacted many. In the linked 4 pg. fact sheet, the different measures are explained along with the emotional impacts that arise with each and there are some strategies you can use to minimize them: https://bit.ly/2K0WPFA

Understanding Community Spread of COVID-19

We are posting Coronavirus information and resources daily on our Twitter and Facebook accounts to help you prepare and get through this emergency keeping your family safe and healthy. We’re tagging states with new #COVID19 cases today who could use this info: #OK #MO #VT #LA #HI.

This post is about: How Covid Spreads in a Community

News of the #coronavirus #COVID-19 is everywhere, including the playground. It’s important that we talk to our kids before any members of your household get sick. The article via the link that follows, give you reassuring ways you can explain this topic to your child.

Personal preparedness is where we start to fight community spread of COVID19. It begins with hygiene practices at home & continues w/support from members of your community. Please share the link from the CDC w/leaders of organizations & businesses in your community:
Link: http://bit.ly/38oi5Po

To help you/others understand what we are dealing with I am including an article featuring 2 brand new studies about how easily #COVID19 spreads. This is meant to help you understand the new normal we are facing:
http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2020/03/study-highlights-ease-spread-covid-19-viruses

Many community organizations continue to be challenged by COVID as they try to navigate the new normal. The article below describes how the #coronavirus is changing some religious practices, which you might encounter during the holidays:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/06/world/religion-modify-traditions-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

Why is curbing community spread important? Because Coronavirus could continue to spread into next year, but the impact could be blunted, CDC official says if we take certain precautions, even amidst a surge.

How does our behavior make a difference in the spread of the Coronavirus? Dr Wiles, an infectious disease expert, walks us through the answers with illustrations in their Three Phases of Covid:
https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/09-03-2020/the-three-phases-of-covid-19-and-how-we-can-make-it-manageable/

Finally a tool that is important in any crisis is Self-care. Because this is a long drawn out event it’s important that you find ways to deal with increased stress in positive ways so you can remain healthy. Harvard Health’s tips for mini-relaxation: http://bit.ly/2TY0U2e

CEDRdigital is a disaster response group that activated on 1/25/20 to help communities prepare for this pandemic while supporting local government agencies get ready to respond to the #Coronavirus.

COVID19: Homeschooling Week 4

Parents, by now you have settled into homeschooling rhythm and have helped your children cope with many changes. #KidsHealth wants to make sure you take care of yourself during #Coronavirus #selfisolation and has suggestions on the Parents section: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/coronavirus-calm.html

Some of the tools to relieve your #COVID19 stress and #coronavirus anxiety can be shared with your children and done together:

Would your child like a virtual pet? The Friendly Felines of the Philbrook Museum’s Garden Center is looking for a few pen pals and some new friends. See link below for info and cats profiles: https://philbrook.org/visit/philbrook-gardens/garden-cats/

The National Weather Service is hosting weather science webinars geared towards 4th, 5th & 6th grades for the states of
#Florida #Georgia #SC #NC #VA #MD #DE #COVID19
https://twitter.com/NWSNHC/status/1251129740779495425?s=20

Google Chrome has partnered with a number of companies to offer free distance learning tools for students and educators during #COVID19: Education: https://chromebookapphub.withgoogle.com/distancelearning… Make Music: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Experiments

Check out our other Homeschooling posts for additional resources:


Small Business Resources During COVID19

Small businesses are the economic backbone throughout the US. Many are struggling to survive and may not get through this #shutdown. So tonight we’ve gathered resources in the hope of helping them get through this time.

The key to any business survival this year is having an online presence.  For those businesses who do not yet have a full online presence Yahoo Small Biz is hoping to make the transition easier by offering the following free services: a website, domain name and 5 email addresses for a year. To learn more visit: https://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/businessmaker/payitforward

Inc Magazine has a list of Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for #SmallBusiness Owners Hit by #COVID19. Link: https://bit.ly/2K4mGN1

The US Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Inc Magazine for virtual Town Hall Webinars to help answer questions on the Stimulus Plan and share information about innovative programs that small businesses might be eligible to apply for.
https://www.inc.com/stimulus-2020-qa?icid=hmhero

ICIC has developed a #SmallBusiness Resource Center to help businesses during the #COVID-19 Crisis. They have identified hundreds of resources from national to local opportunities and keep the list updated so please follow and visit their page: https://twitter.com/icicorg/status/1248665336678842371?s=20

Make sure you subscribe to your state’s #SmallBusiness Administration (SBA) for information on financial grants, networking or webinars, such as the one below: https://twitter.com/TexasEconDev/status/1250120848008192001?s=20

The US Chamber of Commerce has created a state guide to bring you the best resources and information to help  #SmallBusinesses navigate this challenging time. Visit them here to access:
https://www.uschamber.com/co/small-business-coronavirus

Women business owners can turn to Business Journal for COVID-19 financial help. They have been updating their business resource list periodically:  https://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/latest-news/2020/04/where-women-business-owners-can-turn-for-covid-19.html?page=all

The Small Business Administration has nearly a hundred resources, tools and webinars you can access year round. They have now created a special #SBA #COVID19 Resource Page so please make sure you bookmark the page so you can return often.
Link: https://www.sba.gov/content/online-small-business-resources

Finally, Client-to-Consultant Bridge (C2CB) is a program for business owners to get assistance they need to navigate #COVID19 period. Our volunteer consultants will be available to assist businesses in their communities free of charge. https://c2cb.wildapricot.org