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Keyword: relief

The world is sharing a common enemy – COVID-19. In Maryland, as in other states, we have been told to stay put and to only go out for the essentials, such as food and medications. This has us feeling off kilter and, in some cases, alone.

Do something that will keep your mind occupied on something other than the news.

  • Read a book that has been sitting on your end table forever. Today is the day to crack it open.
  • Take out that cookbook and be creative. Go online to find thousands of recipes for everyone’s taste.
  • Drag out that guitar that’s been sitting in the closet.
  • Keep a journal for future generations.
  • Take a walk with your pet.
  • Use that camera you got as a gift to take pictures of your neighborhood. Those photos can be used later to make a calendar or gift for someone.
  • Watch shows that are entertaining, educational and funny. Laughter is a great stress relief!
  • Gardening is great this time of year. Now is a great time to get the flower beds ready for planting.

This could be an adjustment for those who are working from home for the first time. Heed advice from professionals that will help you remain productive.

  • Establish a daily routine. If you shower every morning, do so now.
  • Wear jewelry and makeup if it makes you feel better.
  • Get out of your pajamas and dress for work.
  • Clock in, check your emails and follow your daily work routine as much as possible.
  • Take a break throughout the day. You can still interact with your co-workers via text, email or a phone call. This interaction is important as it's always been a part of your daily work life.
  • Seek out an app that features meditation and calming sounds to use when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 
  • Stretch throughout the day to keep your blood flowing.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on what makes you happy.

What we do today will help us in the future.

Keep washing your hands, stay inside and observe social distancing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided guidance about how to assist victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The most effective way to help hurricane-stricken victims, FEMA says, is to donate money to trusted voluntary-, faith- and community-based charitable organizations.

This FEMA bulletin shows you how to donate directly to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or to a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) member organization.

Unsolicited donated goods are not recommended.

“It’s heartbreaking to see people’s homes and lives destroyed by these increasingly catastrophic storms, and this is a good resource to help you find a way to make a meaningful difference,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

Information about volunteer opportunities also is provided in the FEMA bulletin.

Revised June 27, 2017