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Special edition: Love and silver linings in a time of coronavirus

Chad and Shelley

March 16, 2020

Everything changed this week. The response to the worldwide spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus upended all of our lives. Workplaces shut down. Schools closed. Airlines cut their flight schedules. Major league sports suspended their seasons. Hospitals began preparing for a predicted surge of patients. And on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency.

"Social distancing" is the new catchphrase for how we are advised to behave. Staying away from other people seems to be the best tool everyday people have to flatten the rising curve of contagion and lessen the potential impact on hospitals and caregivers. As of the recording of this podcast, there are now 3,000 confirmed cases and we know that’s with extremely limited testing available: and that’s part of what’s so scary!

On this special edition podcast, Shelley and Chad discuss stressors and opportunities for us all on a personal and collective level. Things are changing by the minute and we need some community, even if it's digital. The time is now.

Here's a breakdown of what we discussed...

1:42 The Coronavirus has brought out the best and the worst in people, and we're seeing wildly different responses to the crisis.
5:28 How we've talked to our kids about this upending of our normal lives
7:30 The conundrum that is self-isolating
9:20 We know the sobering facts, so what do we do with that now?
11:21 We discuss how consciousness plays into how we are dealing with this stressor on a personal level, as well as a collective level.
14:48 We're all familiar with the stress response "fight, flight, or freeze." But there's another intriguing stress response we're seeing play out that very few people have heard of.
17:10 Now IS the time for mindfulness and coming together
18:41 Chad shares a little about his big leap of faith and how he's intentionally building some habits
23:35 A little preview of what's to come from us on Facebook in the next few weeks and some very exciting news about an upcoming launch!

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