ELENA'S NEWSLETTER

2020 No. 4

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Hello, again! I hope everyone's adapting well to the current reality of telecommuting from home and avoiding other humans. To help with adjusting to that new reality, take a look at two new articles in the links below, How to Survive an Apocalypse and Awareness.
Breathing. I talked about my experience with COVID-19 in my last Newsletter. I thought the breathing technique I mentioned might prove useful for someone out there, so I'm sharing it here. First, if you have COVID-19, or think you do, and you have difficulty breathing, call your doctor or, in the case of severe difficulty, 911. But if you have mild difficulty breathing, there is something you can do that might help. I discovered this technique in dealing with my own asthma, and it proved quite helpful when I awoke one night unable to breathe easily while I was sick with the virus.

First, stand in front of a chair or stool, bend forward from the waist and grab the sides of the chair bottom or stool so that your torso is bent at about a 90-degree angle. Focus on relaxing and breathing more slowly. That position is the easiest in which to breathe. (Lying on your back is the hardest position for breathing.)

Second, focus completely on the exhale, because, although you feel you can’t get enough air in, in fact, you’re not pushing enough air out to allow enough oxygen back into your lungs, and carbon dioxide builds up. So what you need to do is get the stale air out of your lungs by exhaling fully. To do this, hiss an “s” continuously as you exhale until you cannot push any more air out. Air will automatically come in at that point, giving you much-needed oxygen; inhale deeply. Repeat. Do this at least a couple of times.

To sum up, the essence of the two steps are: (1) get into a position that is advantageous to breathing and (2) push the stale air out of your lungs to make room for some oxygen.
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How to Survive an Apocalypse

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Awareness

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Prof. Robert Kelly (BBC)

Still apropos of our current situation for many!

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Landlord waives rent

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HEALING

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The Psychology of Meditation

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