Today is day 21 of my mandated quarantine. At this point I am experiencing a decrease in sight in my left eye and bilateral hearing loss. (Lol) Just kidding guys !
Let me start off by saying even for someone like myself who is a homebody and an introvert, this is HARD! It’s one thing when you decide on your own to skip out on plans and stay indoors, but to be ordered by State and Government officials to remain indoors…. it makes you feel as if you are a prisoner in your own home.
The United States of America along with many other countries around the world are experiencing something so unfamiliar, something so scary and unimaginable, a Global Pandemic, the COVID-19/ Coronavirus Pandemic.
This pandemic that our countries are currently facing head on has certainly opened my eyes and increased the motivation in me that has been hybernating. I’ve never been more eager to dig deeper into my currently major of Public Health.
“Public Health connects us all “
For those of you who may not know exactly what Public Health consists of or have very little knowledge, I am more than happy to give you an idea as to what it is.
Public Health is the Science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevemtion, and detecting, preventing and responding to ifectious diseases.
Overall, Public Health is concerned with protecting the healtth of the entire populations. These populations can be as small as local neighborhoods, or as big as an entire country or region of the world.
Public Health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or recurring through implementing educational programs, recommending policies, administering services, and conducting research- in contrast to clinical professiponals like doctors and nurses, who focus primarily on treating individuals afrer they become sick or injured. Public Health also workes to limit health disparities. A large part of Public Health is promoting healthcare equity, quality and accessibility.
So now that you all know a little bit more about Public Health, let’s continue….
With the shelter-in-place order that has been given around the world, it is more than likely that you will end up discovering new things about yourself , new hobbies will form, new recipes will be attempted, life will sort of “Reset”. Embrace it, especially at a time like this. I will say that this has been my reality thus far. My life was certainly in a whirlwind prior to the start of this pandemic (I’ll speak more about this in another post). This quarantine has allowed me to realign,to be welcoming to things that I am sure that I may been dismissive to in the past.
So far, I’ve found a new love for plants during this quarantine. If you know me, you know that I buy myself a new bouquet of flowers every Sunday . I have this dream of one day owning my very own floral boutique. However, plants have become a huge part of my new daily routine. I have also began to incorporate new veggies and herbs into my recipes. Now this is a big deal for me, and if you know me, you know that I am very much against trying new things when it comes to food. I have been making breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, finding a love for :
- red cooking wine
- white wine vinegar
- fresh dill and thyme
I have also swapped out watching tv and scrolling through my social media apps for reading physical copies of books and customizing my blog. I have also been falling back in love with my natural coils and listening to some amazing podcast. (I’ll certainly be writing a separate post about this).
Although we are all in such a weird space right now, I pray that we will all get through this and remain both sane and healthy in the process. I highly encourage you all to take this time to practice faith and gratitude, to re-align, to clear all negative thoughts, detox your soul, pray and discover peace, plant new roots.
I’m going to close out this post by reminding you all to stay safe. Please only make your way outside if you really need to. Head outside only if you need to make a grocery run, head to a doctor’s appointment that is deemed necessary for an office visit, a trip to the pharmacy (only if your pharmacy does not offer mail orders) and of course if you are an essential worker and need to report to work. Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others around you, please not touching of the face and always wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds or more.
Sending love and light to you and your loved ones during a crisis such as this. We will prevail, we always do !