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Families Affected by Coronavirus COVID19

How are your stress levels?

Covid19 has been the target story for many news outlets, social media and general talking subjects. It is easy today to transfer concern or even panic on to the ones we speak with. How are your feelings impacting those around you?

I remember Swine Flu entering the realm of trending topics. I was in fourth grade and had an event day in school where the kids dressed as our favorite book characters. I had dressed as Greg Heffley from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. After I had my square cut pizza at lunch, we had a guest speaker come into my fourth-grade class to discuss creativity. At this time, I had started to feel nauseous and my dad had to pick me up. I remember hours later vomiting red into the toilet. I had brooding suspicion I had contracted Swine Flu and I would nag at my dad that I was going to die.  He would reassure me that I would not and the fear did eventually pass up until a few days ago.

I was playing around outside with my nieces and nephews when I noticed one of my nephews was sitting at the door at wouldn’t come outside. When I asked him why he looked at me terrified and asked, “If I go outside will I get the virus and die.” I had immediately went back to my own fears when panic had found its way into my brain and was crippled at that the thought that my now five year old nephew was feeling the same way.

With all the horrifying news of the Coronavirus we need be aware as to how our actions and what we are talking about and what we say impacts everyone around us. Especially when it comes to the kids how do we see ourselves responding to this pandemic?  What kind of conversations are we having with them or those around us? Even with all the bad we still need to be focused and keep our attitudes positive.  These are the times we need to continue to reassure one another we are a nation of strength and resilience. In every other time of difficulty we have always been able to ban together and come out on top stronger and better than before.

Social isolation may increase and is a choice to respect. When Wisconsin resumes, we will want all our bridges intact.  May the time spent with the ones closest be an opportunity of growth and wellness.

Do you remember Y2K, Ebola of 2014, Mad Cow, Swine Flu or additional stories? Let me know at I would like to hear your thoughts.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

~ Wayne Dyer

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