The coronavirus pandemic is the most challenging situation this country has faced in the past half century. Having to stay home, being unable to visit family and friends, having communities come to a standstill, and facing potentially severe health problems makes it difficult for many to feel calm or have feelings of peace.
Andrea Smith, BSW, the social worker for Newton Village advises people to make personal time a priority. "It's okay to say you need time to yourself," she said. "It's also important to check in with loved ones. Doing meditation for 15 minutes a day can offer a peaceful mindset, and being mindful of eating healthy foods and staying hydrated are critical. We must not forget to also be mindful of our own inner peace and to protect our core emotional status." She encourages exercising 20 minutes a day and limiting social media surfing. "I also advise having faith, loving one another, praying, and focusing on what you can control," she added. "Last but not least, accept and let go.
Pastor Bob Spilger, Chaplain at Newton Village, offers additional advice for finding peace. "In John 14, verse 27 Jesus comforts His disciples prior to His crucifixion, where He said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I don ’ t give to you as the world gives. Your hearts must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27 HSCB) ," said Pastor Bob. "Let the words of Jesus remind us that in Him we find our true peace."
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