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Natural Awakenings Hudson County NJ

Letter from Publisher

Claire Byers

We are all connected; we are all one. This sentiment resonates with me now more than ever. In a time when we are being asked to physically distance ourselves from others, I have been acutely aware of how a simple habit like hand washing or a routine errand to the grocery store can greatly impact the livelihoods of people near and far.

As a healthy person, it can feel silly not socializing with close friends and avoiding public places indefinitely, but it’s not about us as individuals. It’s about us as citizens of the world. The choices we make, as insignificant as they may seem, have vast consequences.

Life as we know it has been turned upside down and the uncertainty of what lies ahead can feel daunting, but I believe we can make the most of the challenges we face. I’m choosing to read headlines once a day instead of keeping the news on for hours at time. When I check on the status of local businesses, I see businesses adapting to better serve their customers. I see families spending more time together just hanging out and being silly. I see healthcare workers, police, food businesses, educators, mayors and local governments working incredibly hard around the clock to keep our community safe and strong.

Natural Awakenings has always brought you fresh content each month to support a healthy and natural lifestyle. The April issue is no different with articles about climate action initiatives, healthy home tips, gut health, acupuncture for pets and more. We know that time outside will help keep you healthy and happy (as long as we all continue to practice social distancing). Hiking is a good way to get into nature and away from people. We have included a few locations and hikes to check out. We also have some ideas for parents in “Tips for At-Home Learning.” It’s a great opportunity to learn beyond the school books.

In this time of great change and uncertainty, we feel the need to connect with you on more of a daily basis. We are regularly posting tips and inspiration on Facebook and now Twitter and Instagram as well as our website (we have a new page for Covid-19) to foster healthy and happy living in this everchanging landscape.

Take care of yourself. Stay connected. Eat well. Exercise your mind and body every day. Get outside in nature. We are here to support you. We are in this together. We are one.

Stay safe and be well.

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