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Thursday, March 11, 2021


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Self-Care and Continuing to 
Cope with Covid-19 as the 
One-Year Mark Approaches

Nearly a year ago, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, and the world began to change. Massachusetts, along with the rest of the country and the world, began to implement restrictions to protect public safety, and isolation and financial strain followed. In being safe and preventing spread to our loved ones, we were and still are separated from them.

In addition to this strain on our support system, we have suffered deaths: more than 500,000 in the United States and nearly 16,000 in Massachusetts over the last year alone. Many who have survived the illness have ongoing health consequences. But death is not the only thing that we are grieving. 

The loss of our routine, normalcy, physical and social connection to others, to name a few. It is just as important now as throughout the past year to make sure we are taking care of ourselves and continuing to take inventory of our emotional and physical health so that we may reach out for additional support should we need it.

As we come up on the one-year anniversary, and vaccines begin to roll out across both the country as well as the world, many are anticipating and feeling hopeful about a return to normalcy. Statistics have shown that mental health issues and diagnoses have increased within the last year, with grief, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse all rising substantially. 


Mental health experts are also warning of the coming rise in what is being termed Post-COVID-19 Stress Disorder, for both those who survived the disorder and many others who will struggle coping with the aftershocks of the disruption of day-to-day life. Young adults in particular have been hit heavily, with the highest reported rate of increase in anxiety, depression, and substance use. There is also a heightened risk of PTSD for those who have survived the coronavirus, as highlighted in this article from Medlife.

In short, this is a hard time for everyone. We have said this before, but self-care is not a luxury, it is an absolute necessity. The best way to prepare for what lies ahead is to actively prioritize your physical and mental health now. We have several self-care tips we wanted to summarize here:

Proactively check in with yourself, particularly if you are predisposed to depression. Spring often sees a surge in depressed feelings and even suicidal thoughts and feelings. Anniversaries can also be a significant trigger in this area and with the anniversary of our world being drastically changed and impacted by COVID-19, it is imperative that we all be vigilant for signs of worsening “COVID-19 burnout”. Reach out for help, informal or professional, if you see more bad days than good.

Eat three full meals a day, do not skip breakfast, and do not work through meals. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Without the fuel your body needs, your physical and mental health will lower.

Take regular breaks to stand up, stretch, and go for a short walk, especially if you work a job that keeps you at your computer most of the day. Long periods of inactivity can be sedating and contribute to low mood.

Set aside 30 minutes a few days a week to exercise. Go for a walk, find a bodyweight exercise routine online, or sign up for an online yoga class.

Adhere to a regular time to go to sleep. Aim for at least seven hours. Thirty minutes before bed, put away your phone and stay off the big screens, the blue light can keep you awake longer in bed.

Avoid regular and excessive use of alcohol, it lowers health and depresses your mood.

Try to maintain a regularly scheduled, safe connection with loved ones. After the beginning of the pandemic, we often hear that group social meetings and calls have fallen off. We encourage people to continue making the effort.

Be mindful of your social media use. Constant social media and news site scrolling without stopping can be bad for your health by contributing to anger, anxiety, and a sense of being overwhelmed. Set an allotted amount of time, 1-2 hours at most, and then put your phone away when you are done. Consider taking breaks from the news as needed, and we recommend avoiding 24-hour news channels as your primary source of news.

Remind yourself every day what you’ve accomplished and what you love about yourself. This can help raise your sense of self-worth when facing setbacks. At the same time, allow yourself empathy for any goals you haven’t been able to meet yet.

Take time to sit and reflect, take deep breaths, meditate, or pray. This can center you and slow anxious thinking. We recommend apps like Headspace for assistance on meditation.

Allow yourself comfort in media you like, in moderation. Re-reading old books or re-watching favorite shows can be soothing. If you can, give to your community or donate to charity. The act of giving fosters connection and a sense of purpose, and is shown to have positive effects on mental health.

There are also resources available online for educational and community support. We encourage people to review MassSupport.org’s COVID-19 virtual support offerings, seminars, and calendar. For those coping with grief and loss over this period, whatever the cause of the loss, many find connection in grief-based support groups, such as those offered virtually by Care Dimensions.

We invite employees to review the COVID-19 resource list, which has updated mental health links, phone numbers, community resources, and news articles from over the past year with tips, as well as our regularly updated general resource list.

We are all exhausted by the restrictions and limitations, but please continue to stay vigilant with masks, wash your hands regularly, and to stay safe with social distancing. Please feel free to reach out to us at the EAP at 617-635-2200 for support or more information, and have a save and healthy March.



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W. PETE MAIRS

W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.

Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.

GERALD C. SAHRLE

GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.

Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")

KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.

BRENDA J. PADDOCK

BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”

Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.

Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.

Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.

Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.

Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.

A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.

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