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Please note: At this time, no drugs, vaccines or natural health products have been shown to prevent or treat coronavirus/COVID-19. The best tools we have are practicing proper hygiene, self-monitoring, self-isolating and going into isolation where required. See the Government of Canada’s tips on prevention/proper hygiene practices and Ontario’s 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) self-assessment.

In today’s episode, Dr. Lisa and Dr. Toni talk about: what we are doing to stay physically and emotionally healthy during the current global pandemic, some tips on how to work through anxiety and fear, and how to talk to your kids about the coronavirus/COVID-19.

How are we handling things right now:

  • Following health recommendations for our region – washing hands, not touching face, social distancing, working from home, teaching online
  • Getting help for a good quality sleep with meditation, magnesium, melatonin, L-theanine
  • Struggling to keep a daily routine

How we are supporting our immune function in general:

  • Using general immune-support nutrients and herbs for ourselves and our kids, including vitamin C, vitamin D3 with K2, vitamin A, zinc, elderberry, echinacea, probiotics, astragalus, garlic etc..
  • Enjoying smoothies with berries and a superfood greens mix, ginger tea with honey, bone broth, fresh lemon juice, and lots of fruits and veggies in general 
  • Working to keep sugar intake low

How to Work Through Anxiety and Fear:

  • Sit with it, write it down, release or put aside for now
  • Connect with friends and family – tend and befriend, in person as appropriate, by phone or online 
  • Find like-minded groups for connection and support online – like the Get Superpowered Facebook Group where you can join Renee Jain of GoZen and Dr. Shefali for daily practices to help kids, teens, and grown-ups transform stress into courage, confidence, and resilience
  • Move your body – dance, get outside
  • Seek online therapy with health care professionals
  • Limit media exposure – set times for going online and watching the news, consider a time limit
  • Seek out humour and comedy for laughter
  • Start day off without news or social media, don’t end your day with news or social media 
  • Reframe – gratitude practice, ask where is the opportunity in this?
  • Daily acts of kindness or connection  #kindemic #randomactsofkindness

How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus

  • Process your own fears first
  • Find out what they have heard or know
  • Don’t dismiss your child’s fears
  • Talk at an age-appropriate level
  • Emphasize good hygiene practices – don’t share drinks or food, don’t pick nose or touch face and eyes, wash hands, cough into their sleeves/arms
  • Reframe the changes as positive opportunities if possible

Here are some articles for tips on how to talk to your kids about the novel coronavirus:

Other Useful Resources:

Mama Must Have: Dr. Lisa recommends an activity like this 12-in-1 Disney puzzle to keep the kids entertained

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