As the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, BayCare is doing its part to inform the community about preparation, protection and potential impact. During these most uncertain times, take a moment to focus not only on your physical health but also your spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Consider the following strategies:
UNPLUG: Turn off the television and put down your phone. Non-stop media coverage can be overwhelming and have a negative impact on your emotional wellbeing. Use your time to practice mindfulness, take a walk, or talk to friends and family.
PRACTICE GRATITUDE: Take a moment to reflect on the positive. Gratitude doesn’t need to be reserved for momentous occasions like winning a prize. You can also be thankful for something as simple as a great cup of coffee or finding money in a pocket.
REACH OUT: Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off from loved ones. Connect with friends and family on the phone or send cards and letters to let them know you care. These contacts can soothe your spirit and theirs.
LEARN: Visit the BayCare Online Resource Center to access more than 20,000 articles, webinars, assessments, and calculators to help you address a variety of emotional, physical, and financial concerns. The site also features several resources related to the COVID-19.
Fr. John Mullet, Director of Pastoral Care at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, encourages us to reflect on the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi as we navigate the uncharted waters of this pandemic.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon, where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth, where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope, where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy, O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love, for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds, it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.