Tips to Stay Healthy from Deacon Carol Peterson, RN

Dear Parish Family:


We are all being asked to engage in social distancing at this time to decrease our risk of contracting and/or spreading the COVID-19 virus.  While those who are elderly or have a chronic illness are most at risk and must take immediate precautions we all must take this seriously and do what we can to prevent the spread of this disease. Social distancing includes avoiding gathering of more than 10 people; staying at least 6 feet away from others when you are out in public; staying away from anyone who is ill; and not hugging or shaking hands.  Here is a list of additional step you can take to promote you health – body, mind and spirit:



  • Wash your hands thoroughly - all surfaces, between fingers, scrubbing nails in the palms of your hands, etc. with enough soap for abundant lather, for at least 20 seconds.

  • When out in public (grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, etc.) try not to touch things (door knobs, handrails, other people’s ink pens).

  • Carry and use hand sanitizer or wipes when out to use between hand washing.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Monitor yourself for signs of illness. If you develop a cough, elevated temperature, or difficulty breathing call your health care provider.

  • Stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, and eat healthy foods.



  • Get outside in nature; work in the garden; go for a walk; do some bird watching.

  • Call friends and family on the telephone; don’t just text, e-mail or use social media.  Also call and check on your elderly or single neighbors as they may suffer with loneliness.

  • Take a break from the news – especially cable news.

  • Work on your to-do list/tasks you have been putting off.

  • Get caught up on your reading.

  • Do something creative! Try a new recipe, draw or paint something, work on your favorite hobby or try a new one!


  • Remember this is Lent so there are many things you can do to enhance your spiritual growth such as download and use the Lenten devotional from .

  • Read the scripture of the day and practice the daily office as outlined in our Book of Common Prayer.

  • Sign up for a new daily e-mail meditation such as from the Society of St. John the Evangelist (SSJE) or a meditative pod cast such as Pray As You Go.

  • Practice daily meditation, contemplative or centering prayer.

  • Try a new spiritual practices such as the Daily Examine, try journaling, prayer beads, light a prayer candle, etc. or you just need to talk

  • Call a spiritual friend and discuss where you have seen God in your life recently, what your blessings are or what you are grateful for. Pray together over the phone.

  • Join St Peter’s Sunday worship through the Zoom platform (more info will follow from Fr. Stephen about this).


If you can’t get out and need someone to pick up food or medication for you please contact a friend from church. Fr. Stephen and I are available to talk if you find you are experiencing emotional or spiritual distress.  


Remember that you are God’s beloved child.  Pray.  Be patient. This will pass.  


Blessings, Deacon Carol Peterson