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CDC’s Resource for Alcohol and Substance Use During COVID-19

While the pandemic has created a stressful situation for many, increased stress can lead to increases in alcohol and substance use. If you or someone you care about is starting to use alcohol or other substances or is increasing their use during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC released a resource to help. You can find information to care for one’s mental health, learn healthier options for stress and coping, and learn more about excessive alcohol use and substance use.

The resource can be found here.

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Highlights of the Week

In the last week,

  • This sweet letter went viral. Read it here.
  • A 9-year old boy’s amazing handwashing invention earned him the Kenyan Presidential Order of Service Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award. Read about it here.
  • Locally, the City of San Diego began offering free lunches Tuesday for children in need. Learn more here.
  • The San Diego Humane Society continues to help foster thousands of animals and continue to get more animals adopted. See the news piece here.

Happy weekend!

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Setting a Morning Routine

Many successful people say that having a morning routine has been key to their achievements. Having such a routine offers many benefits, such as increased productivity, reduced stress, more control of your day, and the opportunity to start your day well. This time, anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes first thing in the morning, looks different for everyone.

This article from LifeHack offers a “menu,” as the author puts it, of options that you might like incorporating into your morning routine. From a holistic view, there are four Integrative Wellness principles: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual. Some ideas are exercising or doing yoga, keeping a gratitude journal, being in nature, or finding ways to connect with your loved ones. By choosing a couple of these items in the morning, you can easily create a routine. Or, test out a couple combinations until you find what is right for you!

From Science of People, some famous examples to inspire us:

  • Jane Austen would wake up and immediately play the piano, make breakfast with her family, then write.
  • Former President Obama always does his cardio and weight routine, followed by breakfast with his daughters.
  • Arianna Huffington begins each day with yoga and meditation.
  • Steve Jobs would contemplate this philosophical question, “If today were my last day on earth what would I do differently?”

Now is a great time to set this healthy habit!

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