Dear Red Hot Mamas- July 2020

By: Red Hot Mamas

Published: July 14, 2020

“America is a tune. It must be sung together.”

– Gerald Stanley Lee

Dear Red Hot Mamas,

I hope that you have enjoyed Independence Day – the 4th of July. And that you practiced social distancing, while still able to enjoy a moment of celebration and were able to revive your spirits.

On July 4, 1776, the 13 colonies claimed their independence from England’s rule. This event eventually led to the formation of the United States. Aren’t we lucky for what a few courageous and visionary men did on July 1776? It enabled us to declare ourselves free from being subservient to England. You could just imagine the prevailing obstacles that they all faced at that time as tensions hatched between our two countries!

And, when we look at the recent path of our country today, I personally wonder if we are moving forward or in a backward direction. The COVID-19 virus is lethal and we are going through societal convulsions. Obviously, America is in need of some repairs!

I personally, do not have a sense of optimism when I see the US having such a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and deaths. I am fearful as I watch TV that shows people packed in bars and on beaches without facemasks. Can’t people simply understand that wearing a mask, washing your hands and keeping a respectable distance from one another will further prevent the spread of this deadly virus. By taking these precautions, we show respect for one another and it helps us all to stay safe. We all are susceptible to its consequences! This pandemic virus has no respect of who you are, and it takes no consideration upon your age.

The virus should not be out of sight, out of mind as there are serious and long-term complications, as well as death from COVID-19. So, it is critical that we all take personal responsibility and remember we aren’t defenseless against this pandemic.

And, as menopausal women, we certainly all know how disconcerting menopausal symptoms can be. That coupled with the pandemic halting our lives, it’s really taking a toll on us. I wonder is there any light at the end of the tunnel.

I can tell you without any hesitation, now more than ever, it’s vitally important to keep yourself healthy by prioritizing your self-care. You are worth the extra time and care. It’s important to eat well, exercise regularly, watch your weight, make sure you get a good night’s sleep, and learn ways to manage stress. You’ll be amazed at the huge difference this can make you feel during this time of life. And, please be sure to also talk to your clinician about any potential health issues that may cause you to be at additional risk for developing COVID-19, like diabetes and heart disease.

In closing, let’s all work together to cultivate a healthy and an even kinder world!!!!!

Good Health to You All,

Karen Giblin