How to stay calm in the face of worldwide panic

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It is stressing to live during a pandemic. I get that. I see the panic at the gas station, the grocery store, and especially on social media. I know that numbers of cases, rates of the contagion spreading, and deaths reported can be terrifying and confusing. Everything everywhere is flashing fear at us.

Yesterday, before going grocery shopping, I told my four-year-old (who is a naturally anxious and worried all the time) that there is a new germ that is making people sick. This new germ is making people scared and worried, and we might see some people acting different at the store. Then I took his little face in my hands and looked him in the eye and said, “Mommy is not afraid. Mommy is not scared, okay?” …

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When John F. Kennedy told Congress in May 1961 that he wanted to land man on the moon before the decade was over, that was actually impossible to do at that point in time. Even a year later, when he made his famous speach about landing on the moon at Rice University, very little had been done to advance those technologies. Many of the technologies that were used to land Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, and Michael Collins safely on the moon hadn’t even been invented yet. It’s no surprise, then, that some items that actually got us to the moon, were done by hand. …

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The first moon landing in July 1969, might not have ushered in the “Space Age” in the way that John F. Kennedy was hoping for, but it did usher in the “Age of Technology”, which we all benefit from. Here are five technologies you may not have known were developed from technologies used in the Apollo missions.

1. Integrated Circuit: Precursor to Microchips

It is not enjoyable to watch anyone suffer and struggle. I would much rather celebrate and cheer for the joys and victories of others’ lives. To ignore the suffering, and the sufferer, would be naive, though. Life isn’t only about the good and wonderful, it is also full of things that test our limits and make us more vulnerable than we ever wanted. Through social media and daily life I have watched friends, family, and acquaintances struggle and suffer through the woes that life has handed them. They have suffered infertility, the death of children, the death of a spouse, death of one or both parents, divorce, financial woes, cruelty from those around them, the list goes on and on. Many of the people I see suffer live far away from me and I only know of their struggles from what they post online. …

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Being a woman is hard.

Being a wife is hard.

Being pregnant is hard.

Giving birth is hard.

Raising children is hard.

It’s time we gave each other a break.

A break from all the negativity and criticism.

Today, I want to tell you, mama, how awesome you are for doing “nothing” more than giving birth. No matter how you did it, or who told you what, YOU did it, and that is all that matters.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I thought it would be neat to see how far I could go during labor without needing pain medications of any kind. I wasn’t anti-medication, I simply wanted to see what I could handle. I had someone tell me, though, that since I hadn’t taken any child birthing classes, I wouldn’t be able to give birth naturally. Like, my body would never go into labor because it knew I hadn’t taken classes and I wasn’t prepared? Well, that wasn’t the case, and I made it to 8 centimeters dilated before I panicked about becoming a mother for the first time and asked for an epidural. Did I put myself down for not being able to give birth naturally? No, ma’am. You shouldn’t do that either. …

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Let’s get personal for a minute, okay?

If you are like me, and one of the estimated one quarter of American women, you suffer from some form of pelvic floor issue. This could be pain during and after sex. It could be painful periods (not cramps but down there pain). It could be bladder leakage when coughing, sneezing, or exercising. I pretty much had all these issues, and still do if I skip on my pelvic floor exercises. Here’s how to help improve your pelvic floor and greatly reduce all the above issues.

You have probably heard of the term “kegels” before, but what are they and how do you do them? In 1948, Doctor Arnold Kegel published an article explaining how simple exercises could help strengthen and restore the muscles in the pelvic floor. A kegel is a pelvic floor exercise. Now you may be wondering, “what is the pelvic floor?” The pelvic floor is the hammock of muscles at the bottom of your abdomen. They do everything from controlling bowel and bladder movements, to helping the uterus work, and even aiding in sexual pleasure. They run from your pubic bone to your tail bone. …

Holly Reynolds

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