COVID-19 Information for our Mindful Living Group Ohana

Due to COVID-19 we require that clients who experience symptoms of physical illness to use telehealth, which we offer to ALL clients. If your session is occurring on site you must wear a protective face mask.

We understand there is a lot of concern about COVID 19, and we are working diligently on ways to support you during these times. We are often available for same day appointments, in the instance you are experiencing a non-emergency crisis or your symptoms worsen and you need treatment prior to your next scheduled appointment. Again, in order to better serve you and prevent an interruption in treatment, we have made our team available to service you through our telehealth platform.

If you prefer an in person visit, please trust that we are taking extra precautions, thoroughly sanitizing the office hourly and adhering to the CDC’s 6 foot proximity guidelines (we are no longer using the smaller treatment offices).

We would like to reinforce some of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) recommendations and responses to managing your stress and mental health at this time. Good resources are also Northwestern Medicine and Calm Moment.

Ways to Avoid Headline Anxiety

  • Avoid triggering topics in the news.
  • Limit your news consumption.
  • Be cognizant of your social media use.
  • Practice good stress management.
  • Understand that it is normal to be somewhat concerned by this.
  • Talk with friends.

For up-to-date information about COVID 19 please refer to CDC.

It is important to remember

  • The general public is unlikely to be exposed to the coronavirus at this time.
  • The immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low.
  • We are asking all of our staff, and clients to stay home if they are feeling sick, especially if the symptoms are those related to the coronavirus or the flu.
  • Keep using hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, Kleenex and anti-bacterial soap.
  • Wipe down all touched surfaces such as doorknobs and tabletops with sanitizing wipes.

Symptoms of the novel Coronavirus

Mild to severe respiratory illness, fever, cough, shortness of breath.

What to do if you have Symptoms

  • Call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms.
  • Do not go into the doctor’s office or hospital unless your healthcare provider asks you to.
  • If your symptoms are mild and you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you are able to isolate at home.
  • Please follow the CDC guidance to reduce your risk of spreading it to others.
  • If your symptoms are severe or life-threatening, call 911.

How to protect yourself and others

  • Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds (about the time it takes to sing the birthday song twice)
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Get your flu vaccine if you have not already.
  • Maintain proximity distance from others, don’t shake hands or hug.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Carry tissues with you at all times; over any cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw it in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Make sure you have the food, drinks, medication and pet supplies you would need if you were to stay home for a couple of weeks.

Mindful Tips for your Immune System

  • Slow down your breathing to an inhalation of a count of 4 and exhalation to a count of 4.
  • Practice alternate nostril breathing, it improves the nervous system and its response to stress.
  • Remember your thoughts have a direct effect on the brain-body connection. Keep them focused on how powerful your immune system is!
  • Engage in cat and cow (spinal flexing) and spinal twists which help support digestion and oxygenates and balances white and red blood cells building a strong immune system.
  • Drink lots of fluids. Turmeric, lemon, and ginger are great for the immune system.
  • Don’t emotionally and mentally isolate if you are physically isolated or staying home more to avoid exposure risks.
  • Maintain contact with loved ones, supports, your therapist, and/or pastor/priest through this wonderful access we have to technology.
  • Maintain connection to calm, loving and supportive community in safe ways.
  • Get DAILY INSPIRATIONS by subscribing to our 100 Mindful Days emails. Each day you will get tips to support managing stress and cultivating a more mindful way of being.

We appreciate being a part of this journey together. We care and are here to help.

Stressed, depressed, or worried about this COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on your health and finances?

We have an entire team of talented therapists available to offer telehealth therapy in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Enhance your immune system and mental health by mastering your experiences with the stress response amid these challenging times.