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9 Best Ways to Ease Your Covid-19 Anxiety

Covering ways to relax and manage stress during pandemic and quarantine

Indefinite isolation from loved ones to prevent the spread of the coronavirus along with the cluelessness about what’s going to happen next have caused mental health crises for many people. As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge, Americans have experienced or are going through cases of anxiety or depression.

The global pandemic has made people deal with: 

  • Worry that comes with loss of income
  • Separation anxiety with loved ones
  • Fear falling ill
  • Fear being labeled from becoming sick
  • Suffering through boredom and isolation
  • Fear about not having food and other essentials

While it is entirely natural to experience anxiety during general uncertainty, it is essential to deal with it day by day to maintain your mental health. Here are 9 of the most effective methods to help you relax. 

Identify what triggers your anxiety

Anxiety can cause feelings of worry or fear which may result in panic attacks; thus, it is important to determine the source of your anxiety as it is the best way to deal with it. Do you experience anxiety because of health issues, skipping meals, negative thinking, conflict, or stress? 

To identify triggers, start journaling and write what causes your anxiety. If journaling doesn’t seem to work for you, consult with a therapist as they have other methods to identify the root cause of your anxiety. Further, relax and explore the different patterns in your past that are similar to what’s happening now. Analyze how these patterns affected you and how you overcame them. Through this method, you’ll have a better idea how to deal with the situation at hand.

Ask for help

Some people are too independent, and this makes them believe that they can do everything by themselves while others are afraid to ask for help because of fear of social stigma. They assume right away that others aren’t willing to help or are busy with their own lives, but as Dr. Wayne Baker said, “You never know what people know or who they know until you ask. Don’t prejudge the capabilities of the group. Just ask for what you really need.”

As such, don’t be the “do-it-yourselfer”. Ask another person about stockpiling food, converting your garage to an office, a trip you’ve been planning, or an influential person they know who can help with your business or work. When you’re afraid or have second thoughts, just remember what Dr. Baker said.

Communicate with your loved ones

Social distancing requires citizens to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean that you have to cut connections with your loved ones. Find ways to have a good chat with your neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, as well as with your loved ones whenever you have time. The most important thing is to reach out.

With the digital evolution, almost everything is possible. Use social media, text, phone calls, video calls or email to stay connected with your friends and family. Research has shown that positive social support offers you the power of resilience to stress.

Don’t deprive yourself of sleep

Ample sleep boosts your immune system, brain function, mood, and mental health. Following the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep as well as 10 to 20-minute naps reduce the risk of infection, promote complex thinking and decision-making, and increase your energy level which helps with overcoming depression.

To have a good night sleep, set your schedule which means setting your wake-up time, wind-down time, and bedtime. It is also essential to eat a healthy diet, avoid too much intake of alcohol and caffeine, get some sunlight, and meditate. And even if you can’t find a way to fall asleep, some good quiet time with no distractions, noises or bright lights will do.

Practice self management

Skipping self-care during this pandemic can have some unwanted effects that may interfere with your daily tasks such as emotions that are difficult to manage, feeling of hopelessness, and the inability to focus on daily activities. 

To avoid such from happening, engage in healthy practices including yoga, exercise, therapy, and meditation. These activities will help remove what’s blocking your mind and body, activating your free-flowing energy, which aids in concentration.

Listen to music

Music has been proven to relieve anxiety, ease depression, restore lost speech, lower blood pressure, and enhance concentration. It has a powerful soothing effect on your mind that helps you win over the invisible yet powerful novel coronavirus.

Different music has a purpose. If you’re in a blue mood, listen to upbeat music while performing exercises. If you’re trying to get some sleep, opt for quiet, melodic pieces with a slow beat. To reduce stress, look for slow music, but if you want to break the pain cycle, listen to lullaby-like selections. 

Stay up-to-date

News coverage related to Covid-19 is overwhelming; thus, some avoid keeping up to date with current events, but doing so means feeding your brain with fantasies that can, later on, escalate your anxiety. 

It is important then to find the few most valued sources of information that don’t increase your stress levels. You may try listening to podcasts and reading newsletters from reputable sources with solid reporting and nice storytelling without inflicting fear. The NPR One app, The Daily, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and USA Today are some reputable sources for your daily news.

Stop the shaming and blaming game

Toxic tongues can only worsen the situation during this pandemic. With the increase of survival anxiety in people, it has been a common thing for others to blame a particular group like the current administration or an old lady who uncontrollably coughs in front of others, or young people who stay out late. 

The heightening situation has compelled people to gather for protests, but doing so will only make the situation worse instead of solving it. Instead of putting the shame or blame on anyone, it would be best to stay positive and to unite with others to help those who are in need. This step, if done correctly, can end the global pandemic.

Adopt a pet

Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) mentioned that having a pet has many benefits including decreased blood pressure, decreased feelings of loneliness, increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities, and increased opportunities for socialization. Pets are great listeners and innately sweet; they provide comedy relief and warm hugs.

For Seniors (Ages 60+): Pets can fulfill the lives of many senior citizens, long after the nest has become “empty”. Here an article from Sixty+Me that highlights the benefits pets bring to our elders. LINK: How Pets Can Benefit Older People

As such, people are adopting pets to deal with the loneliness of quarantine. In fact, pet adoptions in the United States are increasing and that shelters are running out of pets. If you’re looking for a companion who can make your day better, now is the best time to adopt a furry, warm non-human companion. After pet adoption, you might consider enrolling him in an affordable pet health plan that offers full coverage. This is to both keep you happy, not worrying about routine care or emergency veterinary treatment while enjoying each other’s company.

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Get Eusoh for Your Clients and Their Employees

Owning a pet provides a great deal of social and health benefits. However, having one requires greater responsibilities as pets need proper care, which includes routine care, and vaccinations. Being a pet parent can be expensive, especially if pets need to undergo surgery or special medications. It shows that pet health plans become an important benefit that the modern day workforce desires.

With the recent increase of pet owners in the US, the choice of pet insurance options has increased as well. However, the high cost of their insurance policies may scare some clients, and this may lead pet parents neglecting such benefits. Dr. Allan Kamrava, a board-certified surgeon who deals with the pitfalls of health insurance, is completely aware of the predicaments of pet owners. As such, he founded Eusoh, an innovative alternative to pet insurance which is a community-based subscription service that does not wage on risk. 

Today, Eusoh is a better option in contrast to traditional pet insurance benefits providers are currently offering to clients. It is without a doubt that these clients (HR departments, benefits specialists) would be willing to buy Eusoh’s health plan as it has various benefits it can provide to their company as well as their employees. For not more than $65 monthly fee, members benefit from comprehensive coverage which includes accident, illness, and wellness coverage. What’s more is that Eusoh has not partnered with veterinary clinics; Thus, members are free to choose the veterinarian they are most comfortable with. 

Eusoh is an innovative alternative to pet insurance.

As employee demand for pet benefits grows, not only individuals buy a health plan from Eusoh. Big companies recognize the importance of pet insurance to employees; they understand that employees prefer benefits over a salary increase as these competitive perks offer them security in the long run. As they are fully aware that though 68% of Americans have pets, only 2% have financial coverage for their pet, they offer pet insurance with the purpose of recruiting, attracting, and retaining quality employees. These companies, however, focus on cost-reduction; hence, it is only natural that they find the best insurance policy with the lowest premium. This is where Eusoh comes into play. 

Eusoh is a unique and innovative alternative to pet insurance. It does not hold premiums nor store the money in a premium pool, and while insurance companies need to increase premiums and healthcare costs to gain higher revenue, Eusoh benefits the other way around for the reason that the company earns profit from member dues, not from premiums. Another advantage of the platform is its transparency. They ensure that members are well-informed whether they will receive reimbursements for a certain procedure before it is carried out. Not only that, Eusoh quotes the amount that they should receive. This process helps members to make final decisions.

On the Eusoh’s platform, members are able to save over 50 percent. Last year, Eusoh members saved 60% over pet insurance. Through the power of technology and peer-to-peer sharing, this new approach has been made possible, which definitely attracts Millennials and the younger generation to come as pet insurance is desired among employees, especially the aforementioned Millennials. Companies such as CBIZ, Ease, Coach-Net, Jacoby & Meyers, and shelters like Wags & Walks have decided to partner with Eusoh. 

It is worth noting, however, that the huge amount of savings members get is not the only reason they do business with Eusoh. Derek Rey, CEO of Demand Inc. commended the excellent customer service that Eusoh provides during the onboarding process. He said, “It was fast, easy, and fun. Our team has only great feedback to share regarding the experience with Eusoh.” It can be said with confidence that being with Eusoh means hitting two birds in one stone; clients are able to save a huge amount of money while having the best customer service for their pets. 

With all the above-mentioned benefits, there is no doubt that companies who team up with Eusoh will have a positive health company culture – by providing peace of mind to employees. It should be pointed out that there is a high chance for American employees who are also pet owners to be worried if their pets acquire an illness, especially if the case is severe where treatment or surgery, which can be very expensive, is necessary. These employees who consider their pets as part of the family may unconsciously bring their problems to the office. As a result, the quality of their work output might be significantly affected, but with Eusoh, this problem can be prevented. Eusoh membership leads to the staff coming to work happy with the knowledge that they need not worry about veterinary bills piling up in case of emergency.

Considering that Eusoh is an affordable pet health plan for employees, employers may have the option to offer the plan as a low-cost benefit as there is a program where employees may get a corporate negotiated discount. On the other hand, companies, depending on their budget may offer it as a no cost-benefit.

On a final note — For Benefits Providers, Eusoh has no minimum enrollment requirements, offers a yearlong open enrollment period, and can be easily implemented. Given that pet insurance is the hottest new benefit for employees, it is best to offer Eusoh’s pet health plan to clients or companies, especially those of the younger set, who see pets more as children and are willing to set aside funds for their health.

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Virtual Vets and Tele Vets: The Future of Pet Care

Pet care is primarily provided by veterinarians at their clinic; however, with the current situation with quarantine and Covid-19, some vet pet clinics have started to adapt using apps and teleconferencing. To cater to the needs of pets and their owners, virtual vets and tele vets have emerged as a pet health care option.

Veterinarian with stethoscope examining cat with sore stomach. Young blond woman in white uniform working at Veterinary clinic.

“Vet on demand” services allow pet owners to have access to remote vet care through a  video call or chat at the comfort of their home. A licensed vet can provide general medical advice (telehealth services) and/or diagnosis and prescriptions (telemedicine services) regardless of time and place. 

With the global pandemic and imposed stringent quarantine rules making an impact on our lives, online pet care services are a massive help for pet parents. These services make searching for accurate answers could be acquired through licensed veterinarians instead of endless and sometimes, fruitless Google searches. 

To better understand virtual veterinary solutions and whether or not it is a great option for you and your pet, continue reading as we’ll further explore its benefits as well as online sites where you could reach professional vets for your consultation.

Pros and Cons of Virtual and Tele Vets

Advantages

  1. Less long car rides – Online vets can provide immediate action to your pet’s health situation during a video call without traveling miles away from your home, eliminating delayed care and emergency visits. 
  2. No long lines – Waiting for your pet’s turn in a crowded room could leave your pet stressed; through virtual vet, online consultation can be done while your pet is at its comfortable spot. 
  3. Reduces risk – As Covid19 continues to surge, pets and their parents could be at risk, but through the digital shift you have a lesser chance of being exposed to the virus, making you safe and healthy. 
  4. Easier access to prescriptions – Traditionally, pets needing diagnostic tests required a  scheduled vet visit. With the new normal era, telemedicine, where remote diagnostics and treatments can be performed and prescriptions can be given by a licensed veterinarian as long as Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship (VCPR) has been established. This means that your chosen online vet consultant has examined your pet recently. 

Disadvantages

  1. Restricted use of five senses – A trained veterinarian uses his five basic senses to assess a pet’s situation. Depending on the pet’s case, the vet may have to smell the different parts of its body to determine where the problem is coming from. It may also have to listen to the pet’s heartbeat for any abnormalities in its breathing or rhythm.
  2. Incorrect information – It is normal for pet owners to panic if their pet is acting strange, and this may result in giving out wrong information to the vet. This leads to the vet prescribing an inappropriate course of treatment which could worsen the pet’s health.
  3. Licensing issues – Some countries prohibit veterinarian consultants from diagnosing and treating pets without face-to-face examination.

Top Online Veterinary Services

MyVirtualVetApp

MyVirtualVetApp has several veterinarians pet owners can choose from based on their needs. Scheduling video or chat appointments can be done through their iOS app or their website. After scheduling, a confirmation will be sent via your email which has the link you need to click in order to join the video conference or chat with the vet; however, if you are an app user, you may have the convenience to directly join the video call or chat from the app.

It is worth mentioning that the platform allows you to connect with your primary veterinarian, especially if the case of your pet requires prescription and diagnosis. 

Aside from medical advice and consultations, the virtual veterinary company has an online store for prescription refill and pet supplies. 

VetNow

VetNow is owned by a veterinary medical doctor who aims to provide pet parents a wide array of veterinarians and enhanced quality services that pets need. The platform offers virtual follow-ups, virtual preventive care, and urgent care provided that your vet’s clinic has teamed up with the company, but if your vet’s clinic has yet to join, you may have the option to refer it yourself.

Another advantage if the clinic is a VetNow partner is that your regular veterinarian can invite board-certified veterinary specialists including but not limited to oncologists, neurologists, cardiologists,  ophthalmologists, dermatologists and surgeons for consultations. This enables state-of-the-art solutions to complicated veterinary cases.

FirstVet

FirstVet offers free video calls with their vets given that you have bought an insurance policy from one of their pet insurance partners. The company caters to pets and parents from different countries particularly Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Germany. It has veterinarians and specialists who provide quick excellent advice and diagnosis and medication. 

Some of the medical problems vets from FirstVet can provide solutions with are vomiting and diarrhea, eye and ear problems, poisons, itching and skin problems, coughing and sneezing, fleas, tick and other parasites, injuries and accidents, behavioral problems, and rehabilitation and wellness for small animals.

Final Word

Routine care, diagnoses, treatments, and prescription refills for your furry family member don’t have to be difficult during this time of global health crisis. Through virtual veterinarians, who are just one call away, your pet can get the necessary help it needs in case of emergency cases or just purely routine care.

Virtual vet prevents you from panicking if you are by yourself and your pet is suddenly paralyzed or vomiting uncontrollably. Physical veterinary offices are without a doubt irreplaceable, but if you are miles away from the clinic or if the emergency situations happen in the middle of the night, virtual pet care can save a life.

Since “prevention is better than cure”, checking the three listed online veterinary services and deciding which service is the best for your pet could help you in the long run.

Rising Health Costs Are Coming Your Way

*This article concerning health costs came from the New York Times. It was written by David Leonhart and it was published on July 19, 2019. Link

My health care is a benefit. Your health care is a cost.

That widespread attitude has long hurt political efforts to hold down medical costs. When people hear that the government (or an insurance company or a hospital) is taking steps to reduce health care spending, they get nervous about being denied medical care.

You can probably see the problem: Someone has to pay for medical care. And to some extent, we all pay for each other’s care, through both taxes and private insurance. Ultimately, an unwillingness to say no to health care spending leads to higher costs for everyone.

That’s one reason that Americans have the world’s highest medical costs. (Another reason is that doctors, drug companies and other parts of the American health care industry make a lot of money.) We struggle to say no even to health care that doesn’t make us healthier. Cardiologyprostate care and obstetrics are three examples, among many, of fields where high-cost care often brings no benefit.

All of which brings me to the sad story of the Cadillac tax.

During the long debate over the Affordable Care Act a decade ago, the Obama administration was one of the only forces for fiscal conservatism — that is, trying to hold down health care spending. Congressional Republicans could have pushed for cost-saving measures, but instead they just opposed any effort to insure the uninsured. Many congressional Democrats, especially in the House, had no interest in policies to hold down spending.

Now that the Obama administration is gone, an important part of the health care law seems likely to die: the Cadillac tax. Had it gone into effect, the tax would have applied to expensive insurance plans — that is, those with relatively few restrictions — as a way of encouraging companies and workers to use more efficient plans. A few years ago, though, Congress delayed it, and on Wednesday the House voted to repeal it. The Senate seems likely to follow. Being in favor of unconstrained health spending is politically easy, even though it’s bad policy.

Labor unions are probably the best example of the perverse politics of medical spending. Unions have always opposed the Cadillac tax, out of fear that it will deny needed medical care to their members. As a result, the unions have ended up effectively pushing for expensive health care plans that quietly pinch their members’ paychecks.

The sharp rise of health spending in recent decades is one reason that wage increases have been so weak. As Paul N. Van de Water, a health care expert at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, told Abby Goodnough of The Times, the tax was “one of the A.C.A.’s most important cost-containment measures” and could have led to pay increases.

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“Rather than killing or delaying the Cadillac tax, Democrats should be trying to make it operational. The tax would raise revenue, lower costs, increase the efficiency of the tax code and give the Obamacare individual market its best chance at success,” Karl W. Smith wrote for Bloomberg Opinion. “Instead, Democrats have set up that market for more turmoil.”

Sarah Kliff, then of Vox, explained in 2015 how the threat of the Cadillac tax was already holding down health costs. “Opposition is getting fiercer because the tax is working,” she wrote.

The Urban Institute has published a research paper with suggestions for improving the Cadillac tax rather than abolishing it.

For the other side of the argument, see Janet Trautwein, who works at an insurance industry trade group, or Stan Dorn, a consumer advocate. Core to the case against the tax is the idea that wasteful health care is not a meaningful contributor to overall costs.

Making Ends Meet – Tips for Individuals in Recovery

Eusoh is building its healthcare solution to go with its successful solution for pets. As we continue this monumental task, we will be sharing new content aimed for individuals, groups, and families affected by the current healthcare situation. For more information regarding our healthcare mission, click here.

After a period of substance abuse, it can be hard for many individuals to get back on track. Finding a steady job can be hard when there’s a gap in your resume or if you had issues at your former job due to addiction. It’s easy to get discouraged, which can lead to a fall right back into old habits that could destroy your ability to stay on a sober path.

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Stay Focused When Working from Home
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Fortunately, there are several things you can do to earn money while you’re looking for something more permanent. From starting your own online business to driving for a rideshare company, you can make money almost immediately, which will help you pay your bills until you find the perfect job. Start by thinking about a hobby or other interest that could potentially bring in some cash, and do some research to find out what kinds of opportunities are nearby or available as a work-from-home job.

Remember, working on your terms is also the perfect time to set yourself up mentally for managing work stress, since many people find that substance abuse is closely related to how they handle work stressors. Having a job schedule and style that fits your current needs can give you a launch pad for noticing triggers and knowing how to deal with them. That way, when you finally land the job of your dreams, you’ll already have the right tools to help navigate the pitfalls of work.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to make ends meet while you’re on the hunt for a more permanent job.

Be a teacher

If you have a gift for playing music or are knowledgeable about a certain subject, consider teaching. You might start giving instrument lessons, or work with an online tutoring site that helps young people reach their potential outside of school. This allows for a flexible schedule, so you can earn money without the stress of sticking to a rigid routine, which is perfect when you’re looking for something more permanent. If you’ll be hosting lessons or tutoring sessions at home, be sure you have a space designed for visitors. A room in your home with a private entrance and bathroom is ideal, but at the very least, make sure it’s away from the hustle and bustle of your family’s activities.

Pet sitter/dog walker

Starting a side-gig as a pet sitter or dog walker is a great way to earn extra money and take care of your mental health at the same time. Spending time with animals can boost your self-esteem, reduce stress, and even lower blood pressure, making this the perfect side gig for someone in recovery. It’s also a wonderful way to break into the job market, since you can choose your gigs and the pets you want to work with, and you can set your own hours. Check out online job sites for opportunities near you.

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It goes without saying that this is also the perfect opportunity to work in some exercise, as dogs are great motivators when it comes to getting outside and staying active. Daily workouts are essential during recovery, because they help boost your mental health and allow you to maintain a commitment to sobriety.

Sell your wares online

If you have a talent for making jewelry, clothing, art, or decor, consider setting up an online shop where you can sell your wares. There are tons of platforms these days that will allow anyone with something to sell to get their product to the masses, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Many sites only charge a nominal fee for each item you post in your shop, and they provide tools to help you figure out shipping costs while eliminating credit card fees.

Looking for a job can be a stressful task, so while your searching, it’s important to stay on top of your personal wellness. Look for ways you can incorporate self-care into your side-gig so that your mental health stays on track during the process, and remember to ask for help when you need it. With a good plan, you can ensure that your life and career are back on track in no time.