Virtual Reality in The New World
Leadville Is Online and Off-The-Roads
It’s Monday and according to forecasters, the snowy, grey skies will be hanging around for the week. Tonight more snow showers are likely, mainly before 9 p.m., then a chance of snow after midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. What’s going to make it feel cold again overnight are the wind chill values which will read between -5 and -10. Brrr! Chance of precipitation – maybe an inch of new snow is 60%. Remember the tracks made in the snow will let friends and neighbors know, exactly where you go! So keep doing your part in keeping Lake County safe because it sounds like it’s working. In the meanwhile, here’s a bit of hodgepodge #newsyoucanuse from Leadville Today.
Virtual Waters: Healing In Place
Known for its slower movements and meditative qualities, this form of martial art has moved online but is ready to do battle with COVID-19 by keeping your mind and body strong! Leadville Tai Chi expert Elaine Waters has partnered with other colleagues to create a series of virtual practices of this ancient Chinese art during this time that their in-person classes have been cancelled. It is called the Colorado Tai Chi Teaching Collective. Waters is well-known on the Lake County scene for her instructions in Tai Chi which moves at a slower pace – perfect for indoors! The activity also provides many health benefits. Sure, there are lots of new online workout videos on You Tube, but this one has a familiar Leadville face!
Elaine Waters takes complex and potentially esoteric concepts and delineates them into simple, easy to understand ideas, called tai chi body mechanics. She shares her deep understanding of Tai Chi principles, and body mechanics, aided by years of study with her famous Master William C.C. Chen who taught her this tai chi sword form in 1987. Thanks for the online instruction!
Beginners Tai Chi With Elaine Waters
Mental Health During COVID-19
By Gwen Ferguson, Solvista Health
Mental health is an essential part of overall health and wellness. At times like these, we face challenges that test us and impact our mental health. Solvista Mental Health has also made the virtual transition during the Coronvirus pandemic and has been offering additional services online, including some videos. Here’s the latest Mental Health Minute, which will have reminders and tips for taking care of your behavioral health.
This week’s video is longer than a minute but worth it! Julie takes you through a yoga flow that will help you relax and take a few minutes out to focus on movement. These behavioral health tips will be especially helpful now while people being asked to practice physically distancing at home
“It’s important to note that everyone responds to challenging situations differently,” said Mandy Kaisner, LPC, Solvista Health Chief Operating Officer. “While many people are experiencing anxiety and fear during the COVID-19 spread, it is also important to note that others may be experiencing loneliness, depression or even anger, in reaction to social distancing.”
In response to the need for social distancing, Solvista Health has been delivering services through telephone and telehealth. Telehealth is talking with a mental health professional by a secure teleconference link from a personal computer or other devices like a smartphone.
“By delivering services remotely, we have increased our capacity to serve community members who may be experiencing symptoms of mental health or substance use issues during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kaisner.
Community members can reach all Solvista Health offices 24/7 at, 719-275-2351, and schedule a time to speak to a counselor about the impacts being experienced. Individuals can also text the statewide crisis line by texting TALK to 38255.
While it’s important to know some of the common emotions people may experience with social distancing, it’s also important to remember that people are resilient. As community members, there can be widespread support through this tough time, it just needs to be done in different ways than usual. Consider checking in with friends and family using video or Facetime options.
Most importantly, remember the purpose of social distancing. Communities are doing this to protect the most vulnerable and to stop the spread of this virus in order to get back to normal. If you or a loved one are struggling to function in your day to day life, reach out for help. Solvista Health is available 24/7 by calling 719-275-2351 or text TALK to 38255.
Gwen Ferguson is the Public Information Coordinator for Solvista Health Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Patrol: “Living in a New World”
As the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic continue to hit not only the United States, but the entire world, I know that it is affecting everyone’s mental health. It’s hard not to focus on anything but what is plaguing us. But there are still things going on that have nothing to do with Covid-19 that we still have to deal with.
My articles are about being safe on the roadways, and they still need to be. What we need to remember now during all of this is keeping our minds focused when driving, and believe me there is a lot on everyone’s mind. So even though you may not be on the roads as much, there is still some traffic out there.
In the recent weeks, the State Patrol has seen an increase in speed, as well as cars going through stop signs without stopping to name just a couple of driving issues. Even though this may not seem as important to some since there isn’t much traffic, some of the worst injury and fatal crashes I’ve had to investigate in my career have been where there have been only two cars on the roadway. You never want a crash, but it is especially true now. Any trip to the hospital creates a higher risk of contracting Covid-19.
Please make sure you are driving just as carefully as you did prior to the pandemic. You may think it is okay to be a little more lax now that there are less cars on the roadway, but it really isn’t. It also means being more observant of other vehicles breaking the law so you don’t get hit.
As they have told us, we’re all in this together. The pandemic has brought the state closer together. We now look out for our elderly a little more. We check to see if our neighbors are okay. We are a little more polite to strangers. I’m glad to see that positive reaction to this, so we should include that in our driving, but we still have some that try to take advantage for themselves.
The state has had an increase in reports about police impersonators. So that you know, the State Patrol is not conducting roadblocks or pulling cars over randomly to check if you should be out. We also don’t check for papers to see where you work. We do want you to be safe though. So we continue to ask that you don’t travel unless absolutely necessary, just as the Governor has said in his Public Health Order.
We do continue to pull over traffic violators. We have marked patrol cars as well as unmarked. We will most times be in uniform, but there are occasions when we will not be. Those times we’re not in a uniform, we will still have a badge and ID. We will always tell you why you were stopped and are not upset if you ask to see our ID. If you ever have a doubt you have been pulled over by someone other than a true police officer take the following steps: If you have already stopped and the person is not answering basic questions to why they stopped you, what agency they work for, not offering ID, and a badge that doesn’t have their agency on it, then roll your window up and call 911.
Prior to stopping if you have a car with flashing lights behind you, but doesn’t look quite right, slow your speed, activate your hazard lights, and call 911 to verify it is an actual police officer. Even if it is not our agency, we have the ability to check if another agency is trying to make a stop in that area. The dispatcher will direct you what to do in the situation. We can then send a law enforcement officer to the scene to check.
Be safe out there, and take precautions to get through this pandemic safely.
As always, safe travels… if it’s absolutely necessary!