Coping with COVID Crises Syndrome ™

Are your coping skills drying up?

The COVID Crises Syndrome™ might be getting in the way of a productive existence. The virtual vortex with Cosmic Cow Pies™ could be taking it’s toll on your ability to focus and stay on track.

Coping with COVID and Cosmic Cow Pies™

COVID Crises Syndrome™ or CCS is touching people around the world in many different ways. Not knowing what the “new normal” will be is a challenge in moving forward and managing the cow pies of life!

Definition of syndrome

1: a group of signs and symptoms that occur together and characterize a particular abnormality or condition 2: a set of concurrent things (such as emotions or actions) that usually form an identifiable pattern

Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, the country could be facing individual psychological trauma that might set people over the edge who were teetering before the “shelter in place” regulations started. Now they could be, full blown out of control. As a result of the uncertainty the “Syndrome” effect is developing!

People are taking longer to complete tasks……

  • Can’t stay on track
  • Can’t get motivated to think about next week or next year
  • Feeling anxious because of the unknown
  • Physical issues and discomfort
  • Experiencing financial issues
  • Separation anxiety from family members & work
  • Physical distancing to do anything.

Fatigue is a symptom that many are experiencing as CCS™ sets in and paralyzes the individual to complete the most menial tasks. Tonya Wilhelm, MSW, LISCW, a Minneapolis based social worker specializing in burnout says, “Our brains like certainty, clarity, and organization.” She goes on to say “During a pandemic, the threat stimuli are constant, it overwhelms the body’s capacity for recovery….Your body is doing what it knows how to do, with the stress response, to keep alive. You’re just tired.”

Ideas to keep on track and work through the uncertainly of life.

  1. Take time to determine who you are and what your purpose is?
  2. Give yourself a break. Don’t be so hard on yourself as this situation is new to everyone and many people are struggling.
  3. Set goals with the freedom to accomplish one task a day.
  4. Limit TV time and social media. This is unnecessary noise that may not be factual so “Just say NO.”
  5. Stay active. Set an alarm, get up and move.
  6. Stay connected with those you Love and disconnect from those that cause you anxiety.
  7. Journal your experience. This might be the most telling chapter in the story of your life.

Grand parent withdrawal symptoms are eating at the very essence of many families. The kids are missing the love and hugging of their beloved grandparents and the grandparents are agonizing over lost time they will never get back with their grands.

A friend of mine was needing to feel her grandkids and I suggested she make her own PPE to cover her body. If they all had masks on, she could get her hug, throw the PPE, which was a Mattress cover into the washer after the hugging and then social distance for the rest of the time. This plan worked out perfectly and they all enjoyed Mother’s day with some real live hugs in the back yard.

Families are sometimes being overprotective of their “Classic Citizens” so make a point of talking with your loved ones about safe ways to connect and move out of fear.

We could be seeing a rise of “Mental Health” issues as we come out of isolation. Daily doses of death and new case reports along with unknown time frames to be back to physically socializing with people is causing serious stress levels in people which takes its toll on mental stability and physical health. Serious issues are arising and should be handled before they get out of control.

Talking about things that are bothering you and considering options for the angst is something individuals can help each other with. Living the Golden Rule. Don’t be afraid to share your feelings as you are not alone.

Think about Mr. Rogers and what his mother said to him in times of crises. “Look for the helpers.” Connect with the helpers and try to be a helper for one person. This loving action makes others feel like they matter and can help you out of the CCS™ turmoil. Simply being nice to one person a day even if it is a simple call or a comment results in helping you cope with COVID Crises Syndrome™.

Would you like to learn more about coping with the COVID Crises Syndrome™?

Join us!

You are cordially invited to a zoom event on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 1 to 2 pm. Get your FREE tickets Here:

Meet two International POWER speakers specializing in how to help maintain balance in times of crises.

Kit Cummings

Author, Speaker, Consultant

Power of Peace Productions, Inc.

25 Atlanta Street, Suite F

Marietta, GA 30060

770.355.4048 PowerofPeace.net KitCummings.com

Joeann Fosland

Joeann Fossland, Master Certified Coach

e-PRO, GRI, MRE, SRS, CyberGrandma2

Please check out and subscribe to my new blog:

Travel Journalist at www.JoeannsView.com 

Advantage Solutions Group, LLC

Purple Sage Realty

520.344-0209      Joeann@joeann.com    www.joeann.com

More photos and discussion on the facebook event!

Hope to see you in the zoom room to learn about coping with the COVID Crises Syndrome™.

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What is FAKE news?

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Can a cow jump over a moon or is that fake news?

A picture is worth a thousand words. The purple cow is applying the Cosmic Cow Pie ™ principle of Read, Think and Reason ™ to the concept of a cow jumping over the moon. The cow is thinking….. What is a Cosmic Cow? Could a cow jump over the moon? Is that realistic? Would you believe that is possible?

Many would know, the cow jumping over the moon is a fairy tale but some may not. Fake news touches people with a need for drama and then feeds on their desire to share the outrageous data with others which results in bad data.

How do you determine what is fake news?

So much information!

So much noise!

Take each word of this Cosmic Cow Pie ™ principle and apply it to the information we receive in a multitude of formats because you can create believability when you share things.

Starting with a definition of fake news.

Fake news NOUN false information that is broadcast or published as news for fraudulent or politically motivated purposes.”fake news, exploding on social media, is seeping into the mainstream.”  

Fake news is also known as junk news, alternative facts, pseudo-news or hoax news. Sharing this misinformation results in changing the narrative of news and results in the deterioration of your own reputation and at the same time confusing viewers who then question everything you write.

There are sources in cyberspace that intentionally write “Fake News” to get unsuspecting readers to share on social media. Because the digital news is so fast the misinformation spreads quickly. Some writers and bloggers simply make up stories which results in getting a rise out of people. This adds comments to the piece which gives the author higher SEO rankings because people are talking about it.

It’s easy to work through the process to determine if something is “fake news” using the Cosmic Cow Pie ™ principle to decide if what you have read is something that should be shared.

READ:

Read the article or post. Pay attention to references of where is the article published and who is writing the content. As a result of reading this way you will have clues in uncovering “fake news.”

THINK:

Is the content viable? Can you verify the publication and the author. Can you check with online sources to track down the information to be able to determine if the source is truthful.

Below are a few sites to check on credibility:

FactCheck.org

Is This True

Snopes.com

REASON:

Use cognitive thoughts to determine if it is waddling, and quacking. If it is, the content is a duck! When it’s too good to be true it’s too good to be true. Sift through the information you are given with a fine screen and do NOT repost without verifying that the source had the facts right. Nothing kills your credibility faster than sharing “Fake News” Just “say no” to the drama of fake news!

Be sure you are looking through the “truth” lens when you are reading and processing anything posted on social media and the news.

The concept of Read, Think and Reason ™ comes into play every single day with every single thing we read. Stay alert, keep your credibility and don’t spread “fake news.”

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Connecting The Dots In The New Year 2020

Turn your life around with the New Year 2020!

It’s a choice… you can wake up happy or wake up mad and sad.  When you decide you want to be happy each day with control of your thoughts you CAN DO THIS!

You can grow, become a humanitarian and you can make the world a better place!  

Connecting The Dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of life can be intensified by asking 3 questions a day™ and recording your answers with your behavior modification!

Ask yourself daily and change your behavior to be able to answer the 3 questions a day™.  Make it fun.  Have your friends or kids do it with you and share the joy of helping others and growing together.

1. Who was I nice to today?

2. What did I learn today?

3.  How was I better today than yesterday?

 3 Questions A Day™  is something to ask yourself as a reminder to continually think about growing as a member of humanity.  

1.  Who were you nice to today? 

How are you letting your light shine and making someone feel special?  People remember how you made them feel not what you said.  
Can you open the door or give a seat to someone in need.   Can you help someone in the post office who may not have enough money to send a package.  Can you listen to the people around you and hear what they are saying and offer to help in some way?  Do you know someone having a hard time and can you call them up and take them lunch or some cookies or a fruit basket?  Could you empty the dishwasher for a family member… anything that is kind of considerate… try to do something nice each day.  When people see you doing it.. they will want to do it so the ultimate pay it forward by just being nice!  You can change the world with your humanitarian actions.
2.  What did I learn today? 
This will keep you in a mode of expectation to continue learning.  It is hard to participate on the Internet and not learn something every single day… so just look it as fun and part of your continually growth.  Look at learning as your “happy place” a place of peace and joy a it is constant with adapting to the changes that are continually taking place today… then share what you learned with others in a cliff note format and again you are paying it forward in a wonderful and easy way!
3.  How am I better today than yesterday.
This will be an internal question that only you can answer and does not need to be shared with anyone but yourself.  This is the accountability that makes you become a better person by simply keeping track of your own actions and individual growth.  At check out time you will know that you did the best you could and were always trying to do better.
If you are looking for real peace or balance in your life it all starts with giving and growing… When you are thinking about others and giving of yourself you have something to be grateful for every single day and this keeps you on track for receiving the good that you give!  You will be showing the world the way to be kind and make a difference. You will be connecting the dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of life.
What is your purpose and reason for being… if that question is something that you can’t answer, just start by giving, the message will unfold and become clear to you as you give.
Become a humanitarian by sharing your photos!  Learn how! 
Make the New Year 2015 a giving year and expect that that giving will make you happy because you are making the world a better place by the things you are doing!
We manifest what we believe…. what do you believe?

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ONE Review: Realty One Group

 

ONE Review….Realty Group ONE 

Peace Monkey™ and I  flew to Huntington Beach, California September 7,2014  to attended a #ONESummit meeting for Realty One Group and learn about the unique ONE culture.

We were connecting some real estate dots around the country and meeting amazing people who are all part of the ONE movement!  From what we experienced in three adventure filled days, Realty One Group has the platform to Connect The Dots in the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of real estate life and help everyone achieve balance and have fun doing it.  Everyone wins with ONE.

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To begin, we need to share Realty One Group or ROG is one of THE most aggressive real estate companies around the country with support, technology, education, marketing and momentum which equates to Success for buyers, sellers and agents.  The all inclusive philosophy that is based ONE.  One Cares, One Belief, One Unique Common Culture.

What is Realty One Group all about?

  • Landed INC. 500’s list for the fastest growing companies in America for the last 5 consecutive years
  • Ranked as the 5th largest independent brokerage in the nation by REAL Trends
  • Ranked #6 in the Nation by REAL Trends for closed transaction sides

The 3 day team building event was held in Huntington Beach and the clouds and light showed up for an amazing sunset on Sunday night as seen in this flickr photo set or click the Sunset photo below for more California dreaming.

Day 1 Getting to know Realty One Group.

Take Aways, V-8 or Ah Ha moments:Hunting Beach CA shore reflections sunset

  1. Always start the day with mindfulness.  Take deep breaths and focus on only one thing at a time. Jan O’Brien taught a breathing technique to clear the thoughts.
  2. Show the world how to be humanitarians.  GIVE BACK Homes  Blake Andrews shares special membership option for Realty Group One agents.
  3. Connect on Social Media through INTERESTS  Tips shared by Brian Traichel on Linkedin
  4. Realize that Stress can be a catalyst to obtaining balance.  It’s how you navigate the cow pies each day.  They never go away so learn how to get through them with fun and joy. Thanks to Kevin Von Luft for reframing how we think about stress.

Behind the scenes the team, supports the experience taking care of every detail required to put on a 3 day event.

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Day 2 Hands on learning experience with Instagram and Videolicious

Take Aways:

  1. Instagram is where the celebrities are with photos.  Connect your Instagram account with other social sites for maximum exposure. Nicole Villa of Focish shared the power of # hastags.
  2. Learn how to create fun video content on the fly… that means you have to practice!  Check out our video in the Amazing Videolicious Real Estate race!
  3. Finished Videolicious clip below! With more practice videos can be created at community events, branded with the company and uploaded to youtube while you are in the car!

Day 3 The corporate unique Culture values each individual as part of the ONE.

Spending the day at the Realty One Group was like a cross between a day at the Google Campus and Disneyland with the “imagineers”.  The Unique Culture certainly did make ONE feel like they are part of ONE idea, One Belief and One Cares.

The video below speaks volumes as to the ONE culture and how all the dots connect in real estate.

 

ONE is the only number you need in real estate!  

 

One Monkey

Fun food reviews at very interesting restaurants around Huntington Beach.  Good to read the tips from reviewers to save time and money before just walking in.  #CowTip

ONE Review receives 5 thumbs up for real estate in the 21st Century with Realty One Group, providing the support needed for buyers, sellers and real estate agents.  

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Cosmic Pad Thai Salad for Two

 

 

Cosmic Pad Thai Salad for two.

 

Rainbow Pad Thai salad 2

Looking to clean up your eating with colorful flavorful raw foods?

You will want to try this recipe and then take it to a new level adding your own unique ideas!

Another colorful photo of this salad really caught my attention on a Pinterest post and I took the basics and added some COSMIC flare!

Pad Thai noodles are a favorite food and thought this might be a good healthy choice if it tasted as good as it looked. The answer was YES the taste is amazing.  The Cosmic Pad Thai salad is a wonderful alternative to rice noodles with the replacement of zucchini and carrot spirals.

To create this salad, first I had to invest in a spiralizer and purchased it from Amazon.. there are many different kinds but the one I bought had no directions and  had to go to youtube to find out how to use it.  The process to search on the Internet then scan through all the options inspired me to create a video cow tip™ on how to use the new spiralizer. Check out the video of how to use your new spiralizer and subscribe to our Weekly Video Cow Tips™ to get new and fun ideas connecting the dots all over the Cosmic Cow Pie™ of life.

The ingredients for the salad included several items needed to  be purchased at an organic or natural food store so a stop at New Frontiers in Flagstaff, Arizona and found the market full of very knowledgeable sales help and wonderful organic choices.  Sharing my thoughts and some photos on trip advisor on the link above might help others coming to the area find what they need and help you discover natural food stores in your area.

Cosmic Pad Thai Salad for Two

Salad Ingredients 

  • 1 Zucchini about 8 inches long spiraled
  • 2 large carrots spiraled
  • 1/4 red pepper julienned
  • 1 cup diced red cabbage
  • 3/4 cup shelled edamame
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1 TBS hemp seeds
  • 1 TBS sesame seeds

Dressing Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Braggs liquid Aminos
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or low sodium tamari
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave
  • 1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

The dressing can be stored several days so make more and have it ready if you like it.  

Easy to create!  Practice once and you will have it down!    Review the video on how to use the Spiralizer and which grate to use!

Rainbow Pad Thai salad

 Use the sprializer to create the zucchini and carrot spiral/noodles.

Rainbow Pad Thai spiral cut the zucchini

 

Cosmic Pad Thai zucchini spirals

 

Cosmic Spiralizer carrots

 

Spiral Cut Carrots

Dice the red cabbage for or cut in lengthwise strips.  

Rainbow Pad Thai dice red cabbage about 2 cups

 Cut the spiral carrot and zucchini noodles to make the salad easier to eat.

Red Pad Thai zucchini carrots red cabbage

 Julienne the red pepper.

Rainbow Pad Thai julienne red pepper

 Dice the green onions.

Rainbow Pad Thai Salad green onions

 Mix all the vegetables together cutting the zucchini and carrot noodles/spirals.

Rainblow Pad Thai veges

 Take out all the dressing ingredients and a food processor of some sort. 

Rainbow Pad Thai dressing ingredients

 Blend all the ingredients for the dressing in the blender.

Rainbow Pad Thai blend dressing ingredients

Add the hemp and sesame seeds with edamame and serve right away.

Cosmic Pad Thai salad

Using the sprializer will inspire you to use vegetables as noodles for other dishes when you see how easy it is to create the feeling of noodles with vegetables.

Add your own flavor ideas to the dressing or add different vegetables to the salad to create unique Cosmic Cuisine™ with your own flare.  I added lettuce and avocado the 2nd day to some of the left over Pad Thai salad which had no dressing the day before.  The taste was delicious with all the vegetables mixing overnight and adding the dressing fresh the 2nd day gave new texture to delight the taste buds.

The Cosmic Pad Thai Salad for two will delight your guest AND really fill you up! 

 

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