Dr. Eddie Ramirez: As an amateur body builder, exercising has been my key to a healthy lifestyle. With a shutdown, I learned to keep this going at home, and strive to stay active without direct access to a gym. Let’s just say gallons of water can make good dumbbells.
Dr. Robin Nguyen: To keep sane during the pandemic, I have found an appreciation for cooking therapy — more specifically, farm-to-table philosophy. We have started a small herb garden with the kids and have tried incorporating as much of our homegrown ingredients as possible into our daily meals.
Dr. Erinne Kennedy: Since the pandemic started, I focused on how connected my mind and body are. I read the book “Breath,” by James Nestor, and now I practice breathing. When I started practicing my breathing, I began running again. It’s amazing how clear and connected your mind and body can be when you are present, breathing well and exercising daily.
Dr. Brian Homann: Staying active has been very important for both my physical and mental health. I normally enjoy distance running, but this year I set a new goal and am currently training to see how fast I can run one mile.
Dr. Britt Marsh: The main thing I have done is spend more time with my wife, kids and extended family, especially outdoors. I have also been working towards my fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry so I have been trying to devote more time to studying for the fellowship exam.
Dr. Elizabeth Simpson: I can tell you right now that the first thing that comes to mind is that I really had to be mindful of how much news I was watching. I usually listen to NPR in the morning on the way to work, and I do follow a couple of news outlets on social media (Instagram specifically), and then in the evening I would get home and watch the national news with my family. And I found that I would be so keyed up after watching in the evening that I made the choice to stop watching in the evening on a daily basis, and sometimes I wouldn't watch it for a couple of days. I need enough to be informed but the amount of upsetting information that was coming in from so many sources was really affecting my mental health and mood.
Dr. Alex Barrera: Throughout the past several years, I have become increasingly focused on both my physical and emotional health and had created healthy daily habits and routines. Like most dentists, I have a Type A personality and thrive with stability and regularity, so adjusting to social distancing and changing my lifestyle was very difficult at first. I realized in order to maintain my health and wellness, I had to adapt to the new normal. Without a gym, I began to run more and find online workouts I could do at home or outdoors. I also began to dive into meditation and sought out therapy to help with the stress and uncertainty.