Allen's Hummingbird, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye

Beyond Survival | March 2020

Survival During a Crisis

Allen's Hummingbird, Male, (c) Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog: Beyond Survival

Survival Expert, Allen’s Hummingbird, Male

Admittedly survival during a crisis, such as a pandemic, can be difficult, even scary.

So once you’ve taken care of the essentials (mostly respectful distancing and being vaccinated), consider the following:

Practical – Do something useful while you stay inside.

For example, you could:

Declutter, clean up, and organize odds and ends in your home.

Take care of the fix-it projects that you set aside for a “rainy day.”

Read books, magazines, and articles. Or watch on-line learning programs.

Make clothing, furniture, quilts, and so on. Or work on crafts.

Write in a journal. [ Note: Thinking is the process of asking yourself questions and then answering them. So write dialogues with yourself. ]

Write letters. These could enhance relationships with family and friends.

And write lists, which can include: a) Possible solutions for challenges, b) Plans (actions that you can take), c) Things that you’re grateful for, d) Questions that might lead to solutions, and so on.

Use resources carefully, especially those that require travel to replace. For example, start your car after fastening your seatbelt, and then turn it off as soon as you park. Since two miles of idling equals a mile of driving, some people could save a gallon or more on every fill up.

Also, use every bit of edible food that you have. For example, leftovers can be added to soups, stews, and (even) pizza toppings.

Give yourself a project that can be completed at home. If you have children, ask them to help create projects that involve everyone.

In addition, if you have children, organize family events such as group readings, home schooling, healing conversations, and outdoor activities.

Overall, set up and follow a schedule. And then write a meal plan using the food on hand. In general, plans will reduce stress by giving you a sense of control.

Benefit: Activities will lift your mind from worry, while accomplishing something useful.

Social – Make kindness a high priority.

First, realize that everyone is under stress. And everyone is doing the best that they can.

So be kind to everyone, especially those who live with you. This includes being patient, offering support, and practicing compassion.

And if drama occurs, strive to be the most mature person in the room. Of course, this requires discipline, courage, and maturity. If someone vents nonsense, just take a deep breath and stay silent.

Find appropriate ways to be helpful. This moves your focus from being needy to being useful. And that makes you feel better.

Be nice to the person who prepares meals. Recognize that it may take some extra creativity to fix a meal with limited supplies. So be grateful that you have something on your plate.

Call people to talk. Ask how they’re doing and then listen. Ask for ideas on what they’re doing and then thank them.

And then find ways to thank people. Yes, thank people for anything and everything, even something as simple as “Thank you for you.”

Benefit: Kindness builds friendships.

Personal – Take care of yourself.

Attend to your basic needs, such as sleeping at least 8 hours, eating smart, and stopping at enough.

Improve your health by walking, exercising, or yoga. Avoid crowds by using on-line programs for fitness routines. Just find one that fits your style and needs. And be creative. For example, I’ve walked 5,000 plus steps in our garage on rainy days.

Avoid mental toxins such as violent TV, violent movies, and violent video games. These poison the mind with violent expectations that causes stress.

Avoid falling into too much of anything, which can include TV, food, beer, wine, and so on.

Benefit: Taking care of yourself keeps you stronger and more resilient.

So what’s next?

Take a moment to write a plan for yourself using those ideas that will help the most.

Then know that you can survive.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:


27 Ways to Show Kindness

Why Kindness?

10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas

Your Life List

Why Hope Matters

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Brigitte Noel
    Posted at 13:51h, 16 March

    A lovely, soothing read in these times of ramped up tensions. Am sharing on my FB page.

  • Beth Kingsley Hawkns
    Posted at 15:09h, 16 March

    Thanks, Steve. Beautiful thoughts and advice. Love ya’, Beth

  • Catherine Kaye
    Posted at 19:43h, 16 March

    Thank you for the reassuring and comforting words.

  • Susan Gardner
    Posted at 19:52h, 16 March

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom

  • Nancy L. Hoffmann
    Posted at 10:18h, 17 March

    Love this, Steve! Beautiful photo, too!!!

  • Joyce Rouse
    Posted at 18:10h, 19 March

    Great practical ideas while sheltering in place. Thank you for this helpful list to use as reminders~

  • Lena Hayashi
    Posted at 22:28h, 19 March

    Thanks Steve,
    I wrote down a daily schedule to set an example for my grandsons who are all home from school and range from 4 to 14 years of age. “Popie” is what they call me, a play on the word for grandmother in Chinese. “Jichan” is Japanese for grandfather. You might get a kick out of it.

    Popie’s Lockdown Schedule

    · Start the day with time with God/daily devotion book/journal and prayer

    · Decide what to do for dinner and prepare as needed

    · Check the news for updates on Covid 19

    · Check emails

    · Study bird sounds homework, set up sounds, worksheets, practice, etc. 2-3 hours/d

    · Exercise- nothing aerobic yet- stretching, hand exercises 30 minutes/d

    · Pray for friends and family and our country throughout the day

    · Chores:

    o Run central air filtration system for 1 hour

    o Clean kitchen/bathrooms and disinfect

    o Wipe down door knobs, stair rails, etc. every 3 days

    o Vacuum once a week

    o Laundry once a week

    · Correspond with friends and family daily

    · Clean out a closet, drawer, cupboard for at least 1 hour each day

    · Organize

    o Study file cabinets

    o Book shelves

    o Kids room downstairs

    · Prepare dinner for Jichan

    · Time to talk with Jichan- at least ½ hr without TV

    · Watch TV till bedtime with Jichan

    · Thank God for another day

  • Susanne
    Posted at 08:30h, 04 April

    Thank you for the photos and for the words!
    with kind greetings from Austria

  • Cathy Kozmary
    Posted at 10:58h, 05 April

    Your words are so inspiring and are a blessing in these challenging times! Keep them coming! Cathy

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