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A note from the editor:
What does Friday and the upcoming weekend mean in a COVID-19 world to you?

Today's newsletter is about finding ways to relax, at least a little bit, from wherever you are.

So keep scrolling to find how you can still get a good drink from local cocktail purveyors, acts of kindness -- and how to be kind to yourself, too.

Sarah Day

Sarah Day Owen Wiskirchen, editor & publisher | p: @studio.aray

PS: Don't forget to take me up on the free sponsorships for coronavirus-affected local businesses and organizations! Just hit reply for details.

Message from Bold Bagels:

Bold Bagels offers fresh New York style bagels in the Triangle area. We sell traditional and bold flavors inspired by our Chef’s childhood in New York.

We are currently taking orders for pick up locations next week in Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Hillsborough, and Pittsboro.

Flavors include: everything, onion, sesame, garlic, poppy seed, plain, sea salt, cinnamon raisin, mocha, cheddar herb, whole wheat sesame, and whole wheat everything. Mix and match orders by the half dozen ($10) or dozen ($18).

Find us on Instagram (@boldbagels), Facebook (@boldbagelsnc), or on our website
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Order up a craft cocktail... mix for pickup or delivery.

The Haymaker + not-yet-opened Killjoy have created some pre-mixes for cocktails at home. Mix one up for your virtual happy hours with your crew. 

A few of the cocktails:

Best Old Fashioned You’ll Ever Have… On your couch (The Haymaker/Killjoy Collaboration)
At-Home Spirit Required: Bourbon or Whiskey
Ingredients in Premix: Lyles Golden Syrup, Blended Aromatic Bitters, Block Ice, Citrus Peel

Sing Like a Bee No.2 (The Haymaker)
At-Home Spirit Required: Gin or Vodka
Ingredients in Premix: Fresh Orange Juice, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey, Earl Grey Syrup, Orange Zest

Tahini Colada (Killjoy)
At-Home Spirit Required: Rum
Ingredients in Premix: Sesame Tahini, Pineapple Juice, Coconut Milk, Pineapple Leaf, Cherry, Pebble Ice

[see full menu here]

Cost: $25 for Four 4 Servings, $50 for 10 Servings. The proceeds go to support staff who are out of work while bars are closed.

How to get it: Pick-up at The Haymaker 4-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Or, opt for doorstep delivery if you're inside the Beltline, 3-7 p.m, Monday-Saturday $5 delivery fee. [order online]

📸: The Haymaker
New to Raleigh, Cary, Knightdale or Southeast Raleigh? Sign up for our local guides. [sign up]

Add wellness to your routine, even with social distancing.

📸:  @annarouth

Raleigh Convergence asked Raleigh wellness leader Brit Guerin to share some ways to practice self care in a time of social distancing. 

By Brit Guerin 

Right now is tough. With COVID-19 comes real fear and anxiety. Let’s just take a moment and normalize these feelings. If we aren’t slightly anxious, we probably aren’t staying informed. 

The question is, how do we stay informed while also practicing self-care? Self-care is so important during a time like this, especially because reduced anxiety can help prevent a compromised immune system.

Here are some strategies to add to your overall wellness routine.  

Notice catastrophizing thoughts and try to reframe them. Instead of “this is a total disaster and we are never going to recover” try “this is a really tough time that we are going to get through, together.”

Take breaks from social media and the news. Notice when you are getting overwhelmed and try putting your phone away for a period of time.

Try belly breathing. This is an amazing tool that helps signal your “rest and digest” side of your nervous system. Through belly breathing, you are telling your body “everything is okay.” Check out this belly breathing tutorial to learn more.

Take stretch and movement breaks. There are so many awesome fitness and yoga studios offering online classes (Open Door, Blue Lotus, and Core Fitness Studio, to name a few).

Phone or FaceTime a friend. We are social creatures and need connection with one another. Try a virtual happy hour where you limit coronavirus chat!

Engage in activities that make you laugh. (Yes, you are allowed to laugh right now!) While we need to take this seriously, we also need some comic relief. Your body releases endorphins through laughter and we all need the boost.

Get outside! While we need to quarantine, we can find time to get outside in pairs or very small groups. Getting outside for a walk can be tremendously helpful for your physical and mental health. (Just stay six feet apart from your walking buddy).

BONUS: Current Wellness is encouraging folks to not only get moving outside, but also to engage in cleaning up our environment
Choose one or more of these tips that will likely elicit positive emotions.

Remember, positive emotions improve your immunity. They also have a ripple effect on your family and friends (even if they are only virtual right now).

About Brit: Originally from Pennsylvania, Brit has been working as a fitness and wellness professional for more than 12 years. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, ACE Health Coach, and ACSM Exercise Physiologist. Her main mission is to encourage movement for wellness and not for weight loss. She is a Health at Every Size (HAES) advocate and works to educate the community on the benefits of HAES principles and the detrimental effects of diet culture.

Later this year, she is opening a wellness center, Current Wellness, with her partner Nathan Williams. They will offer functional fitness and yoga classes, cooking classes and nutrition education, as well as mental health and bodywork services. Be sure to get on their mailing list to stay updated on founding memberships and their opening date!
More resources: Need help? NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina can provide specific information and referrals for people during COVID-19, including free and confidential information on health and human services resources. Dial 2-1-1Or 1-888-892-1162, TTY # 800-735-0533

What's happening now?

North Carolina coronavirus cases are continuing to rise, but now the state is making a shift after seeing the first case of “community spread” in Wilson County.

“All previous cases of the virus in the state were either linked to travel to a hotspot or contact with another positive case. Now, the virus is spreading through the community through people who are infected but haven’t been diagnosed,” WRAL reports.

“This is expected but still an unfortunate benchmark in this pandemic,” The News & Observer reported Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday.

Community transmission also means the timeline of events and return to school could be longer, but state leaders haven’t made any decisions yet. [News & Observer]

Regularly updated post: [stay updated]

Hibernian Hospitality and US Foods will distribute care packages for hospitality workers today. The pickup will be at Morgan Street Food Hall and announced on their social media [read more]

How to help: [support local needs]

We're all in this together.

Today's act of kindness: After Union Special's wholesale business "evaporated," they shifted gears to help community and to keep people employed. 

Union Special allows people to pay it forward as they produce bread for area agencies in need including the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and the Food Bank Central & Eastern North Carolina. [order here]

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