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Britt Flores, Courier Columnist
Freelance Journalist

Britt Flores is a freelance journalist for The Daily Courier. You can follow her advice on self-care on Twitter @bfloreswrites.

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The word “Meditation” makes me think of the word “Hawaii.” When I hear the word “Hawaii,” I think of an island paradise full of tranquil sunsets, fruity adult beverages, relaxing in crystal blue, warm waters ... ahhhhhh ... I want to be there; I want my family to be there, I want everyone I love to be there.

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In pursuit of self-care techniques that work in a pandemic and are somewhat both cost-effective and attainable for the average human making sometimes less than minimum wage, I’ve found a simple, emotionally effective way to support self-care in the home or at your essential business.

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As a parent in quarantine, I am sure you all would agree that you go back and forth with your spouse or just in your mind over certain dilemmas.

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I tried an alcohol alternative and here is what happened: I know a lot of us are in a similar boat these days when it comes to self-care.

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The world is changing. We wake up and society looks and sounds different than the day before, every day.

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Well, Quad-cities, we’ve done it – if you are reading this, you’ve survived the first wave of Covid-19 and your first quarantine. Here is what I’ve learned about self-care in my marriage during the last 2 months.

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As we all struggle with sheltering in place, mourning the loss of our “normal” day and struggle with feelings of depression, lack of control and trust, it’s important to listen to each other, our children and ourselves and not judge what comes out – to instead to hold space for each other’s emotions.

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Whenever uncomfortable, unsafe, or generally negative situations arise within our kid’s lives, I relay an adage from when I was younger - “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

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This week, in the midst of madness, I want to talk about the idea, that as humans, in order to successfully get through trauma, depression, anxiety, and generally “bad stuff,” we need to make the conscious effort to put ourselves in the “way of good.”

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