Hello Readers!

We’d like to introduce to you Chantel J. Simons, BSc, MA, the Business Development Manager at the MoonGate Group. Chantel has contributed an article to help us reprogram our minds during these extraordinary times of COVID-19. While overseeing new business that grows MoonGate’s HealthGap Healthcare providers program, Chantel has been posting inspiring motivational tips daily to MoonGate’s Instagram and Facebook social media accounts to help motivate and engage MoonGate’s clientele during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Chantel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with our vendors and clients. Chantel also enjoys ballet and yoga. Additionally, she is very active at the First Church of God where she also has a bible journaling class.

The MoonGate Group offers a supplement to basic Health insurance plans, such as the Government Health Insurance Department’s HIP and Future Care policies. HealthGap is a supplement that enhances policies by offering four parts: 1) HealthGap (healthcare vendors), 2) MASA – Air Ambulance, 3) MASA PEP, and 4) Wellcard (United States). Visit their website or call 542-2200 today to find out more on the benefits offered through their HealthGap.

–  Cheers!

Your MINDSET Is Important During these Extraordinary Times

In the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. This can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. Remember that you are not alone, and many people have these feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration or fear….

It is important to maintain some form of normalcy during these times, while we are social distancing and staying at home. “Check-in” with yourself daily to recognize how you are feeling. It’s OK to feel the way you do and acknowledge that feeling. Some important questions to ask yourself are:

1) What will I do about those feelings?

2) How will I manage those feelings?

3) What can I control and what can I NOT control?

4) If I’m feeling a bit down; what do I usually do (non-harmful) to make myself feel better?

A Few Solutions

Positive Thoughts

Try to maintain positive thoughts daily. Start your day feeling grateful for what you do have and build on those positive thoughts daily. Keeping a journal may help and then you can reflect daily on all the positives that you are grateful for throughout the week.

Set Goals

How can you turn any experience of negative change for the better going forward? Recognize areas in your life where you have been meaning to improve or work on goals that you have been wanting to achieve. This is the perfect opportunity to make those goals a reality. – Ask yourself: What can I learn here, in big and small ways, from this crisis? What can I change towards myself, my home, my community, my nation, and our world?

Keep a Daily Routine

Having a daily routine can help alleviate some of the stresses that we face during these extraordinary times. Basic daily self-care is the perfect starting place for a daily routine. – Get some sleep: aim for between 6 and 8 hours. Wake at a reasonable time, take time out for self-care and grooming and then prepare (possibly write a schedule) for what you want to do for the day or week.

Eat Well and Stay Hydrated

This one may seem obvious, but stress and eating often don’t mix well. We find ourselves over-indulging, eating “junk” food, or not eating at all. Your body requires nutrition: take some of this free time to do some research. You’ll find great recipes for nutritious foods; challenge yourself to learn how to cook something new! Don’t forget: drink plenty of water!

Get Fresh Air

Go outside for some fresh air or open a window – Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes. If you are concerned of contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening, and try less traveled streets and avenues. If you are high risk or living with those who are high risk, open the windows and blast the fan. It is amazing how much fresh air can do for your spirits.

Do Things that Bring You Joy!

Find something that is creative (drawing, coloring, painting, gardening, dancing, music, singing, playing) and give it your all. See how relieved you can feel and how this can bring you a positive attitude.

Remind Yourself: This is Temporary 

Please take time to remind yourself that although this is very scary and difficult and will go on for an undetermined amount of time, it is “only a season” and WILL pass! We will return to feeling free, safe, busy, and connected in the days ahead.

Summary

These are just a few important tips to guide you though these extraordinary times. Remember you are not alone in your feelings towards this pandemic! We are all having to cope through some form of stress, anxiety, frustration, or fear and we need the support of each other.

We recognize that these could be overwhelming times, as we’ve never experienced this before. As we manage our stress and anxiety and move forward daily with a positive mindset. This too shall pass for it is only for a season in our lives. If we can all do our part in staying safe and abiding in the instructions from our Government and health officials. We will soon be able to look forward to a new normalcy very soon.

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