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By Christina Warmerdam

Like the rest of the country, we too are dreaming about a return to our normal lives.  As I write this, California has still not set a date for lifting restrictions so let’s take a minute during this crisis to focus on thriving while surviving.

The team at San Diego Premier Magazine has been working remotely for many years, but the current shut down presents new challenges that have even the most seasoned remote businesses scrambling to maintain function while sheltering in place. Here are some tips and important reminders to stay safe, healthy and sane in our current domestic world.


Personally, I am fantasizing about so many of the opulent office set-ups in this issue (see page 22) but even the most beautifully appointed home offices aren’t complete without the technology to make these spaces work. Online meeting spaces like Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangout offer simple and effective solutions for connectivity. Last month, we published an article* on the importance of protecting your home from online hackers. This month, vigilance is tantamount to protect not just your home and family, but your business as well. Fortify your online security with password managers and video security diligence, as discussed in the April issue.


We stay home to protect the brave doctors and nurses working the front lines of this pandemic, but neglecting our own health isn’t an option either. Our strategy against this epidemic highlights the paradox of sick patients going out among the healthy public to seek medical care. Many practitioners and therapists are offering video conference appointments, covered by insurance, but the physicians at HEAL take it one step further by coming to you. Home Doctor Calls are a very old idea that should make a permanent comeback.



Our Home Gym article from Feb 2019* highlighted some fabulous ways to stay in shape without leaving your home. Personally, I am a gym girl myself and would love to be sequestered in the homes on page ?. If you were slow in adopting the trend of at-home and virtual fitness, you aren’t alone, but as with any new health routine, it’s never too late to start. Peloton is trending for being bombarded with new orders, but they aren’t the only name in the home-fitness game. Echelon, Norditrack and The Mirror all have rave reviews and offer similar services, with less wait for delivery. Additionally, almost all on-line fitness platforms like Peloton, CorePower Yoga and Daily Burn are currently offering free trials for their classes that don’t require any equipment at all.

If exercise isn’t your path to inner-peace, gardening stores are still open for business and spring in southern California is one thing that hasn’t been canceled. See page 32 for garden inspiration.

San Diego PREMIER’s premise has always been that your home is your sanctuary, but in this current state our hope for everyone in our community is that you are utilizing your space, however grand, to care for yourself and your loved ones, until we can gather again.

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