We are in a perpetual state of collective uncertainty, anxiety, isolation and disruption. But the key word there is “collective.”
In fact the more physically apart we must be, the greater the sense of togetherness. We are all in this together. We are all working together for one cause. We are all experiencing the same kinds of emotions. And we are also all working really hard to maintain our sense of continuity — what is normal for us, what is average, what defines our daily lives.
It’s a tough time, but it also has the potential to bring great things.
And some of these things are already happening.
From local restaurants that are developing new ways to serve customers remotely to tips to staying fit at home, our “Stay-Home Guide” provides advice on keeping to our routine while staying home.
Not only are most of us now working from home, but our kids are out of school. Parents are now tasked with keeping the educational experience going at home. Our feature “At-Home Learning for the Working Parent” delves into the best ways to accomplish this new important responsibility.
At the center of all this change is a virus. A virus that is threatening our health and wellness. Although there’s still a lot to learn about the virus, there are some things parents should know about COVID-19. Dr. Philip Robinson, the medical director of Infection Prevention at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, offers an insightful FAQ in Family Wellness that you don’t want to miss.
Along those lines, we have a large community of pet families in Orange County. Animal lovers are equally as concerned about how this virus might impact their pets as parents of little humans are about their kids. Pets in the Family answers some key questions about COVID-19 and pets.
There’s a lot of stress going on right now. Anxiety is a real issue for many of us these days. To address this, Dr. Patricia De Marco Centeno, a consultation-liaison psychiatrist, helps us understand anxiety and offers tips on coping with it in Ask the Experts.
There’s plenty more COVID-19 topics we explore in this issue. But it isn’t our only theme. April is our special needs issue. And while we had to shift gears a bit to address the recent world events, we did not want to neglect this important subject.
Also in this issue you’ll find advice on the importance of self-care for parents of special needs children and good health and wellness practices for children with autism. While “Shedding Light on Emotional Special Needs” discusses a less talked about type of special needs.
The issue is full of resources and advice to help us all get through this challenging time. Remember that even as you sit physically isolated at home, you’re not alone. None of us are. Connectivity has never been easier. And the world is quickly adapting to bring us closer together even as we’re staying apart.
— Jessica Peralta