Staying Calm in Times of Uncertainty

We all feel it. The collective unease that ebbs and flows with news reports and new cases. The unknown that lies ahead as we see what our country and others do in order to prepare for sweeping changes that are necessary right now. There are some things you can do right now to make yourself feel more calm.

Seven Steps to Staying Centered

1. Take a Deep Breath

Seriously. It’s the first thing you need to do to start releasing tension in your mind and body. Breathe. 

2. Acknowledge Your Emotions

Whatever they are, know that these feelings are at least partially fueling your thoughts and actions. These emotions are going to be your strength and your weakness as you adapt to the necessary changes that are coming in the days and months ahead. 

3. Breathe Again

Breathe again. Breathe deeply and slowly this time. Drop your shoulders and take a deep belly breath. 

4. Be Prepared To Stay At Home More 

We have to accept that we need to limit exposure to those over 60 and those without strong immune systems. Top researchers are predicting 1.5 million Americans could die from COVID-19 in the next year. How we live and move in the world is going to change, probably for longer than we are comfortable with. 

 Stock up on water and non-perishable items, but do not hoard. Have on hand enough food for several weeks, if not longer. You will be surprised what a little extra food in the pantry can do for your psyche. Think canned- fruits, vegetables, soup and tuna. I am in rural Oklahoma currently and I was surprised how many inexpensive organic options I found at the local Walmart. Much less expensive than Whole Foods or Sprouts, and no one was buying the organic things anyway.

5. Be Creative With Your Time 

Have books and crafts as fun and distractions instead of always using the Internet as your only outlet. Social media does bring a sense of community, but there is also a lot of misinformation and fear spreading, which is counterproductive to staying calm. Grab that dusty guitar out of the closet and start playing again. Play cards and board games. Do arts and crafts. Stretch, do Qi Gong, Dance. Remember what it is like to be entertained and feel connected without a screen. 

6. Call Your Friends and Family

Don’t text them. Call them. Tell them you miss and love them. FaceTime or Skype them if you need a visual check-in. Laugh and Cry with them. Breathe together. 

7. Help Others and Ask For Help

There are many people that can’t afford to stock up on extra food or buy first-aid supplies. Many cities have programs to support those in need. Find out where drop-off centers are in your area and encourage your friends, family, and church members to each donate something. Big or small it will make a difference in someone’s life.

If you are one of those people in need. Ask for help. Whether it’s for extra groceries or just a quick call to tell you it’s going to be ok. Reach out. There is no shame or guilt in asking for help. It takes courage and wisdom to know when you can’t do it alone. Reach out.

There are resources like The Grief Support Network, which is offering free grief circles every day for the next few weeks. They also have a free Peer Support Program if you need mentor support. If you have the experience and feel called, become a mentor for someone grieving.

No act of kindness is too small in stressful times. We are all in this together, even if we are encouraged to stand 3 feet apart!

I feel a need to stay more connected too. Expect more blog posts from me, from everything from how to make your own sanitizers and cleaners to how to support yourself and others with herbal medicine in this time of uncertainty.

For now, drink your herbal tea breathe, and smile at people. We all need it.

With love,

Jessica

PS: My new podcast episode with Astrid Grove of the Red Earth Herbal Gathering will be out around Spring Equinox!

The Herb Walk Podcast: Jessica Talks Cannabis (& Busts Some Myths Too)

This may be one of my best episodes. Or maybe it isn’t. You tell me.

I share my journey with Cannabis, from young college activist to mid 40’s entrepreneur. I also bust three big myths about cannabis that I read on the internet and hear from patients everyday. Hint…CBD is one of them.

I have been educating people about cannabis a long time and lately I am amazed by the nonsense I read on the internet! Misinformation spreads like wildfire and the perceived reputable cannabis sources regurgitate falsehoods as facts. It’s really disheartening to know that marketing and advertising companies are where people are getting their cannabis knowledge.

Operating Bakers Medical Dispensary and The Clone Room, a clone nursery in Oklahoma City has been a huge learning experience for me. It is exhilarating and exhausting. It feels good to be working so hard for a plant I love so much. It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to do what I do everyday. I look forward to seeing where Cannabis takes me!

Enough of that. It’s time to listen. If you partake, sit back, light up, and enjoy this episode of The Herb Walk with Jessica Baker!

With Love,

Jessica

A New Entheogen Revolution

In the last month we have had Denver decriminalize psilocybin and Oakland decriminalized a slew of entheogens including psilocybin, ayahuasca and ibogaine.

This is a win for freedom of choice of medicine! I can only hope our minds and hearts are expanded with the reverent use of these ancient substances. It is apparent that we have a serious mental health crisis in our country. May the gifts of the earth prove to be the remedy we all need.

In honor of the new laws I am re-releasing my interview with Kelly Green of Refugio Altiplano, a wellness center in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Our discussion includes the mission of Refugio Altiplano to help preserve the 1,200 acres that surround the center. Kelly also has a gofundme to help purchase 500 of those acres that are in danger of being sold to companies that want to cut the forest to grow cacao and other crops. If you feel called to support, please pitch in as you can!

Sit back, partake in your entheogen of choice, and enjoy this episode of The Herb Walk with Jessica Baker.

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With love,

Jessica