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Dear HealthCare 365 Family,

We hope you are all doing well and want to remind you that we are here for you!

We have chosen a newsletter name... HELP ME RHONDA! Thank you to everyone that suggested titles and and congratulation to the patient that suggested this title.

If you have any medical concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to us! Do not sit at home avoiding calling because you do not want to bother us or fear getting infected by coming to the office. Our clinic is safe. People with respiratory illness are being assessed virtually or sent out for further evaluation. They are not being seen in the clinic.

Pre-booked appointments in hospitals and clinic, are generally deferred and are being pushed into the future. If you are unsure, call ahead and ask. Many specialists continue to see their patients virtually.

Urgent and emergent appointments for diagnosis and treatment continue. Immunization for children and for older clients should not be deferred as immunization is protective.

If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms please call 911 immediately.
COVID-19 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please check out the COVID-19 section on our website for answers to frequently asked questions that our community has been asking. These will be updated as new information becomes available about the virus and as we receive new questions from you!
A PERSONAL MESSAGE FROM DR. KOHUT

As we approach our 4th week of social distancing and isolation, most of us are feeling some need to return to our normal life. Some of us feel this more than others.

It is during times of duress, we need to focus on staying well, sleeping well, eating properly, maintaining social contact and dealing with our worries.

I thought I would share some words of wisdom from Dr. Rebecca Carriere, one of our psychiatrists in Toronto on these and more.

WORK ON WELLNESS:

  • LAUGH: Share jokes, memes, books.
  • EXERCISE: Get some daily. After awakening is preferable.
  • FOOD: Eat more carefully with fruits and veggies, lentils and less meat. Avoid alcohol (as it impairs
  • sleep) sweets, (empty calories causing weight gain). 
  • SLEEP: Sleep in a dark, cool, quiet comfortable room. Shut off your TV, phone and iPad an hour before bedtime. Upon awakening get at least 20-60 minutes of bright light.
  • SOCIAL CONNECTIONS: Maintain them with work colleagues even if working virtually,
  • prebook time with others (whatever the medium, Facebook, Zoom, etc.) Build a community and be grateful. Cultivate kindness and compassion.


WORRY:

  • Accept that that some worrying in stressful times is normal.
  • Designate a worry time daily - time it and let it go.
  • Ask yourself what you are worrying about? Is it in your control or out of your control? Focus on what is in your control, set aside what is not, and repeat process for the next worry item.
  • Try to recognize if you are "catastrophizing". Are you making a catastrophe out of the present situation or out of a future situation? If you are not sure ask someone that you trust.
  • Look at the worst case scenario and play it through. Ask yourself is that real or is another more realistic scenario more likely.
  • Do not combine things from the past with the present.
 
COPING:
  • Coping involves 3 stages. We move between them; The more we practice the skill the better
    we cope:
    • Problem: Deal with things you can control
    • Emotion: Feel better or accept the things that you cannot fix
    • Meaning: Find meaning in each day
  • Live day to day and accept life as it is. Tomorrow is another day.
 
THINGS TO DO OR READ:
SHARED FROM OUR COMMUNITY

Prevent Low Back Pain and Keeping Your Core Strong
Shared by Dr. Joe Kottoor

Given positive feedback on his the last video, Dr. Joe decided to put another one together! In this video, Dr. Joe reviews some movements you can do to help you keep your low back feeling good while keeping your core strong and fit. Feel free to forward the video to anyone.

Click here to watch the video!
*The message above is an excerpt from a message that Dr. Joe Kottoor shared with his clients.

SELECTED RESOURCES

COPING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY
The COVID-19 pandemic can cause stress and anxiety because it is disrupting normal life for many people all at once. While it is important to be informed and to take action to limit the spread of infection, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety. CAMH has put together these strategies to help you cope.
READ NOW

SOCIAL DISTANCING DETAILS
The OMA has released a general guidance on social distancing and social isolation.
READ NOW

DISINFECTING YOUR HOME
The CDC provides instruction on everyday cleaning steps and extra steps when someone is sick.
READ NOW

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
If you have any questions please call our office and speak to our staff.

Wishing you health, safety and enjoyable family time!

The HealthCare 365 Team
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