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We have started a series on how to deal with the stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This pandemic is unprecedented and hit us with a collective state of shock. We’ve been trying to navigate through this “new normal” where our routines have been flipped on their heads. How do we cope with this? How do we stay connected with people while self-quarantining?

Today we’ll be talking with TJ from TNT Plant Services about ways you can prepare yourself to reintegrate into society. We’ll also be talking about practical tips for ways to properly clean your home and your business. Before we get into that, I want to learn a little bit about TJ’s background.

Mike: You are a native Detroiter, is that correct?

TJ: Yes sir, born and raised. I went to school in Wayne State, and operate a couple of different small business within Detroit.

Mike: What do you do with your business?

TJ: TNT Plant Services is a food safety compliance company. What that means is our employees, along with myself, have a...


Do you feel your stress levels increasing? Is your anxiety getting out of hand? Is loneliness starting to creep in? The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a decrease in the mental health of many around the globe. The worldwide social distancing has all confined in our homes, with or without our loved ones. The unknown aspect of this pandemic and constantly wondering when this lockdown will be over, us enough to put a toll on anyone’s mental health. Fortunately, social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t get the right help you need to cope with this distressing time.

Teletherapy, also referred to as online counselling, is an effective way of therapy. It makes it easier for you to talk to a therapist without leaving your house. Even if you are uncomfortable with video chats, you can opt for audio chats or even text messages. Teletherapy is proving highly effective nowadays when people can’t head out to have face to face sessions with their therapists.

However, teletherapy might seem overwhelming or uncomfortable to many. It is fairly normal to feel this way as talking about...


Being in a global pandemic is nothing short of a frightening situation, with entire countries shutting down to prevent the spread. All the uncertainty around COVID-19 is the hardest thing for people and the reason for our escalating stress. You may find it easy to spiral into overwhelming panic and dread.

With so many things out of your control, you must remind yourself of the things that are still under your control. There are many ways you can manage your fears and anxiety amidst this massive upheaval.

It might be tough not to be glued to the TV screen or scroll through the internet to read as much as you can about this pandemic. You must make an effort to stir your mind away from trying to find the unknowable answers to managing your present lifestyle the best way you can.

Whenever you start feeling anxious or get caught up in fear, start shifting your mind towards things you can control. Focus more on work, your family, and other activities to keep yourself and your loved ones motivated during this situation.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has ravaged through this country causing a tremendous amount of fear and uncertainty. We have all been left in a collective state of shock trying to figure it all out. Most people are self-quarantining and practicing social distancing for good reason, mitigating the spread of the virus. As a result, it has left many in it's wake feeling isolated. And some have lost loved one's to this virus.

With all of this uncertainty, loss, trauma, isolation, and uncertainty, we have to find ways to cope. One of the way's to deal with all of the stress associated with this pandemic is through Mindfulness Meditation. Practicing this timeless meditation regularly can lower stress, boost mood, and help you be more in the present moment. Feel free to check out my free downloaded phone app. Mind Wellness in the apple store under Mind Wellness Mike Samar. Or you can simply go to the app. page on my website ( and click on the link and it will take you straight to the app. There are several guided meditations there for your...

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Never give from the depths of your well, but from your overflow.” – Rumi

By Mike Samar, LMSW, ACSW, BCD

The biggest struggle in life we all face is to love and accept ourselves. We are too busy caring for and loving others that we don’t even put ourselves in the priority list. Lack of self-love means we discredit ourselves for the things we don’t have, haven’t achieved, our flaws, and weaknesses. We are more prone to believe the negative things that people say about us and thus, start the journey of seeking validations from others. This attitude is even more dangerous for our mental health and wellness when we are down in the dumps.

All those negative emotions keep rushing back when you are depressed, sad, or anxious. Isn’t it about time you broke this cycle? Practicing self-love can help you to break free from self-doubt, self-hatred, and, most importantly, tear down the walls that you have built against self-love. It will encourage you to be more empathic and caring towards yourself.

When you...


When we talk about health, the first thought that comes to the mind is getting a fitter body. People will tell you to hit the gym, start running, eat clean, or take up any sport to get healthy. Few will talk about mental health, though. Imagine treating a broken arm like we often treat mental health issues. It would be impossible for you to continue performing daily tasks with the unbearable pain in your arm.

Of course, you would want to seek medical help to get your arm treated. Isn’t it about time you also started treating your mental health problems the same way you would your physical health issues?

The Stigma around Mental Health and the Importance of Awareness

Even though much has been done for mental health awareness in the past few decades, there is still a stigma associated with it. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, the majority of individuals still associate mental illness with unpredictable and dangerous behaviors....


Mindfulness is a way of living in the present moment, accepting it without any judgment. It is an attitude that allows you to be more self-aware, compassionate, and open. Being mindful means deliberately redirecting your attention and thoughts away from judgmental thoughts to positive ones and focusing on the present.

This practice doesn’t just focus on your personal wellness but allows you to strengthen your relationships as well. Research has found a strong link between higher levels of mindfulness and satisfying relationships.

Here are five mindfulness tips that can help improve your relationships:

⦁ Mindful Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the most effective ways to lower stress and calms your head. It is normal for couples to have disagreements, arguments and conflicts. But, these fights can result in hostility and resentment over time.

Practicing mindful breathing can help you to let go of resentment and clear your...


The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”

Thich Nhat Hanh


Isn’t it ironic how technology has made it extremely easy for us to stay connected through instant messaging, video calling, and social media, but it has left many of us lonelier than ever before? Even with a high number of friends and followers on different social platforms, you may not know who to talk to when you are down and depressed.


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According to Mental Health America, an estimated 6 million men suffer from depression. Though this figure may already seem huge to you, it is just the tip of the iceberg.