The Impact of Covid-19

At the start of 2020 there were inclings that this was to be a year of changes and new beginnings. The health of humans was encountering something unusual and then, things started happening swiftly all over the world, the pace of which sped up and simultaneously slowed down our daily lives dramatically as the months wore on. Toilet paper-a basic need, was one of the first public indicators that things were going to change in rather a dramatic and unusual way this year. A theme of gratitude globally began to emerge in a direct response to the work of frontline workers and healthcare workers. Clapping was something we could all do from a distance. A collective thanks began.

Covid -19 or the Coronavirus as it was first know was travelling at a fast pace around our globe and often faster than humanity was able to keep up with in many parts of the world. Airline travel screeched to a halt and economies began to temporarily shut down and life as we all knew it stopped moving quite so much. A new normal began with handwashing so frequently that our hands felt sore, with few outdoor outings, many layoffs and closures and an eerie magical quietness that descended in our towns and cities. This new time of new lockdowns and new closures welcomed a new era of bread baking. It sometimes seemed like all this time could be used for reflection and sometimes it looked like alot of online stress as alot of people who were not working on the frontlines had all this time on their hands and simply no place to go but home. Those with children out of school worked hard to maintain a sense of family normalcy and the people on the frontlines often became quite exhausted with the challenges that Covid-19 has brought to humanity.

Where will Covid-19 take us by the end of the year and what permanent, no-going back type of changes will emerge? The answers are unfolding before our daily lives. How will this new normal be created in a seamless way into our daily lives? Well, this new normal is a fluid thing and parameters are still being tried and established. Some things like distancing in schools, more empty spaces on airplanes and distancing on public transit and in office spaces may change in the long term or at least until a vaccine or cure are both found.

The impact of Covid in 2020 will have long lasting repercussions in many fields of life. This year, this 2020, is one of immense change, let’s hope that the rest of the year can provide some light and hope for humanity and do keep on looking out for and supporting all the health care workers and the frontline helpers this year, it is our helpers after all who are the true modern day heroes in 2020.

Celebrities that Talk About Menopause

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You know that Menopause has gone mainstream when celebrities are talking about it and they are. From Oprah to Doctor Oz to Jane Fonda to Meg Matthews and Mariella Frostrup, to Gwyneth Paltrow it seems that a subject that was once taboo for the media is now being broached with increasing superstar power.

Every star mentioned above has addressed a variety of concerns and issues that arise during menopause and perimenopause. It is a wonderful starting point and hopefully more women will bring more media attention to the many topics that need to be discussed more openly.

We need to have more mainstream conversations like menopause weekly columns in the media to allow the many topics associated with these years to be commonplace and available on a daily basis.

Its Exam Time-here are some great parenting Tips

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Its that time of year again when exam time occurs at High School level in Canada. It’s a time of high stress, tensions and strong feelings. Here are some tips for helping your teen and yourself through these times.

Make sure plenty of good food is available for them to make good choices from. Try to get them to have a better sleep schedule if at all possible. Make sure they are doing some form of exercise or fun activity to help alleviate stress. Try to talk to them about a plan for studying if possible. Have a white board at home to indicate which exam is on what day so they can try to plan for it. Perhaps give them the opportunity to schedule a small study group to make it less intense for them. Have alot of patience and make sure you can listen to their concerns at this time of year as exams are a struggle to get through for both the teens and parents.

Jamie Oliver gives some great Brain Fuel food tips for exam time here

The Bright Network offers some Real Top Tips for just before the exam