Special Health Episode 2

Show Notes: Dr Mary Travelbest’s Guide to Independent Travel: Special Health Episode 2

In this special episode: The FAQ is: I’m going stir crazy at my house now. What can I do to be more collected and show good example? How can I stay sane in a crisis? Destination is your home, if possible. Yes, we will go there, and have fun on our make-believe vacation. My mistake is trying to be perfect. The tip is: Ways for women to stay healthy.

FAQ: Special Health Question: How do I stay sane in a crisis?

We are all in this together. We all need each other. We are all in a novel crisis about health, so be sure to do your research and study what is the situation for you while you stay sane and as calm as you can. Keep aware of all the latest news and assess your personal situation. Each person must guide their own health. Don’t participate in high risk behaviors or believe that you are not vulnerable. Add some fun to every task that you do. Put a smile on your face, even if you feel alone. You’re not alone. Journal. Do a new exercise. Be playful. Do all of these and you will feel more sane longer.

Today’s Independent Destination: Travel within yourself

Today’s special episode is about taking your destination home. Let’s plan a vacation inside your own home. Get your favorite vacation photo, put it in front of you and then create the scene in your own room. You could scan that photo onto your computer or TV screen, phone or just hold in front of you. Get your travel clothes on. Put on a fun hat, sunscreen, if appropriate, even sunglasses and get out the towel if it’s a beach destination. Your music should be calming and relaxing, or use sound effects of your destination. Sing a song that reminds you of vacation. Spend 15 minutes or more a day doing this dreaming at home and see if your attitude improves. The beach today, and perhaps a ski trip tomorrow. Or a hike. It’s in your mind that you must visit. Set your alarm every day, so you don’t forget. You can even do a live hangout or zoom call with your friends, and show them your “quote unquote” vacation. That will cheer them up and you likewise.

I just want you to be protected, careful and safe, wherever you are. I don’t want to cause unnecessary caution, but I do want you to live with the promise of the future that this too shall pass.

Today’s Mistake- Perfection in my travel, and life

Trying to be perfect. That’s a mistake in travel, and in life. That’s not a good plan, just try to get it right most of the time. Perfect is a goal, but not the expected finishing spot. It’s more important to be you, not being perfect. So be you!

Today’s Travel Advice

The best advice if you are on the road now, or you are thinking of travel anywhere, look at the US State Department website, and follow the advice. What it says now is: Do Not Travel. I re-did this episode today because yesterday it only said, Do not travel abroad.

What else can we do now to help? We can educate ourselves in modern health technology, learn how to screen if needed, use telemedicine. We can donate our time and resources in creative new ways. I’d like to hear some of these ideas from you, too. I’m living in California, and will stay home, according to what is best practice for myself and others. I did go for a hike solo today, though.

Here’s what the CDC says, “prepare your practice” as they are helping the health professionals become pro-active.

Here’s what you CAN do today.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth at all.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick. Wear a mask so you prevent your germs from spreading and continue to wash your hands.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue away.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Germs linger a long time.

Keep your common sense with you. Don’t overdo.
Including alcohol, medicine, or your exercise.
Drink plenty of fluids, esp. water or healthy drinks.
Get the sleep and exercise you need. Keep up with your routine as much as you can and pray for a speedy recovery for those who are ill.
Our borders may be closed and travel may be scarce, but now if the time to prepare for the next journey, wherever it may lead you.

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