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Mission 5: Supporting COVID-19 vaccination

Are you vaccinated against COVID-19?

My kids and I are vaccinated against COVID-19. I'm well aware of the pros and cons of vaccination and I'm making informed decisions to go ahead with the COVID-19 vaccination.




Keeping the conversation positive

I commit to supporting COVID-19 vaccination by keeping the conversation positive and avoid being argumentative about my decision to get myself and my kids vaccinated against COVID-19.


Ultimately, it's your choice to be vaccinated. As I mentioned earlier, I understand both the pros and cons. In the end, it's my choice to believe that the pros outweigh the risks. And for those who believe the opposite of this, I have no hard feelings against them.


While vaccines are an important tool for fighting COVID-19, vaccines alone do not end the pandemic. Luckily, the main tools to fight COVID-19 are available to everyone, which includes leading a healthy lifestyle, continuing to practice the protective behaviors, and motivating others to do the same.


Six protective behaviors

There are six protective behaviors that everyone can follow to help slow the transmission of COVID-19.

  1. Clean hands regularly
  2. Prevent droplets from spreading
  3. Keep at least 1 meter apart
  4. Limit time spent in enclosed or crowded places
  5. Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
  6. Respond appropriately if experiencing COVID-like symptoms

Related posts:

Be A Champion Against COVID-19
Mission 1: Sharing the facts & stop misinformation about COVID-19
Mission 2: Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Mission 3: Personal responsibility & self-monitoring
Mission 4: Staying mentally healthy during COVID-19

Quick & Easy Pasta Salad with Salmon


As a working mom, I need to cook smart. I'm very happy to find this Betty Crocker Suddenly Pasta Salad that comes with a bag of dry pasta and a pack of pasta salad seasoning.

There's also recipe recommendation and cooking instruction at the back of the box.

Here's the nutritional panel info and ingredients list.

I like the stir-in ideas. So I opt for cooked salmon flakes.


Basically, I pan-fry 2 slabs of salmon and flake them up. Then I just toss everything together - the cooked pasta (I add 1 more cup of pasta to the original portion from the package), pasta seasoning, and salmon flakes. No extra seasoning needed. I also topped the pasta salad with a generous helping of shredded Cheddar cheese.


I think I will buy some more of these Betty Crocker pasta salad mixes. It's a hit with the boys!

Compilation of "Never Enough" Live Shows by Different Singers

Loren Allred - Never Enough - LIVE with David Foster on "An Intimate Evening with David Foster"



Loren Allred - Never Enough (Live Performance)



Christine Allado - Never Enough - LIVE with Andrea Bocelli in Budapest



Nicole Scherzinger performs 'Never Enough' at the one-night only event celebrating all things musicals at The London Palladium



Helene Fischer - Never Enough (Live - Die Helene Fischer Show)



Morissette Amon - Never Enough - Mother's Day Concert



Kelly Clarkson - Never Enough - LIVE in Tulsa



GOLDEN BUZZER! Loren Allred shines bright with ‘Never Enough’ | Auditions | BGT 2022


This is the video that caused me to watch The Greatest Showman and listen to the the entire soundtrack album over and over again.


Mission 4: Staying mentally healthy during COVID-19

Recognizing the signs of stress


Did you find the past two years to be challenging and stressful? Have you been experiencing any of these feelings, thoughts or behaviors lately such as feeling troubled or threatened, struggling to focus, crying often, getting angry easily, having difficulty sleeping or feeling sad, guilty, worried, or very tired?


In times of uncertainty when things are so hard during the pandemic, stress is one sign that your mental health might be suffering.

Maintaining a healthy mind and building resilience


Mission 4 is about staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 by maintaining a healthy mind and building resilience. This week I commit to staying mentally healthy during COVID-19 and support the well-being of people around me by taking regular breaks for myself to recharge mentally and reset my mood so that I can have the necessary emotional quota to listen to people around me.


What can we do to maintain a healthy and resilient mind?

Here are some of the many documented ways to stay mentally healthy:

  • Limit the time you spend reading stressful news and read and share good stories instead.
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • Stay connected to your friends and family, especially those who may be far away or living alone.
  • Watch a movie or read books, exercise, make crafts or catch up on things you haven't had the time for.
  • People with preexisting conditions should keep taking any medication you are on, keep in contact with your health care worker, and draw on the skills you have used in the past to manage your feelings and cope.
  • Practice grounding exercise to reduce stress, improve your well-being, and cope with difficult thoughts and feelings.
  • Get help from a professional if you start feeling very overwhelmed or are not able to function as normal. Reach out to your family doctor, local healthcare services or a social worker. Talk to your family, friends or another trusted person in your community if you need help finding a service. If you can't see someone in person, there may be telephone based or remote options available.



Why is taking breaks important?

For me, I'm a big fan of taking regular breaks when things seem to have become overwhelming.

According to The Wellbeing Thesis, micro-breaks, lunchtime breaks and longer breaks, have all been shown to have a positive relationship with well-being and productivity. Studies have found that breaks can reduce or prevent stress, help to maintain performance throughout the day, and reduce the need for a long recovery at the end of the day.

Social breaks or interactions, such as chatting with your peers allow you to share your experiences and feel part of a group during mini-breaks.

I have kind of mastered the art of taking breaks at work and off work because I'm an easily stressed-out person. First, I have identified my trigger points, for example traffic jams. So I will tune in to either BFM or Spotify without fail during my daily commute to work. By doing so, I'm taking a break from the stress of driving.


I will also be taking walking breaks for 5-6 minutes every 2-3 hours when I'm at work. At 4:30pm or so, I will take a fruit break or tea break. True enough, I don't break down at work because by taking these breaks that I deserve, I'm maintaining a healthy, resilient mind that keeps me productive for a longer time.

By doing so, I then can have the necessary emotional quota to listen to people around me, be it my family, friends, or colleagues. Read more about this on my previous blog post, Returning to Normalcy.

If there's any consolation, the new relaxed SOPs effective 1 May 2022 should be happy news for everyone!


Related posts:

Be A Champion Against COVID-19
Mission 1: Sharing the facts & stop misinformation about COVID-19
Mission 2: Promoting a healthy lifestyle
Mission 3: Personal responsibility & self-monitoring

Mission 5: Supporting COVID-19 vaccination