Globally, we are experiencing uncertain, scary times. Turn to any station, or scroll through any feed, and you’ll see Corona, or COVID19. Many are panicking, others aren’t taking it quite so seriously– one thing we can say for certain, is that it’s affecting us all. In the midst of it all, you may be having a hard time finding balance for yourself, and your family. So, what can we do personally to bring an overall sense of health and wellness? Below you’ll find information and tips on keeping your family healthy and balanced, not only during these hard times, but moving forward as well!
Flatten the curve.
It’s always best to be precautious and considerate of others around you. The more precautious you are, the better chance you have of avoiding sickness and infecting others around you! The best way to prevent any infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you sneeze and cough. Do not use your hands, as this is how it can spread to someone else, or the surfaces you touch!
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Put used tissues in the garbage immediately to prevent further transfer
- If you aren’t feeling well, stay home.
Practice Self-Care & Good Hygiene. Make sure that you practice good hygiene, like washing hands frequently, showering often, and keeping good dental habits. These acts of self-care help keep you healthy and lowers your risk of falling ill.
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
- Use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not readily available.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you or others around you are sick, do this more frequently to kill any surface germs.
Consider Your Everyday Health.
The best thing we can do is be conscious of our health & wellness on an ongoing basis, not just in a pandemic. Here are some daily practices to help build your immune system:
- Eat Healthy. Eat fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins on a daily basis (preferably with each meal). Ensure your body is getting the adequate amounts of proteins and healthy grains as well.
- Avoid overdoing it with processed foods. The more whole foods (think, from the earth, not “man-made”) you eat, the better off you are. Processed foods are filled with chemicals and sugars. It’s okay to indulge every once and a while, but these foods do nothing for your overall health.
- Watch your sugar intake. Too much sugar can cause headaches, acne, weight gain, and if you aren’t careful, diabetes. Again, it’s okay to have a treat, but be conscious of what you are eating.
- Take Vitamins. Especially Vitamins B and C. These will not only boost your energy levels, but your immune system as well.
- Supplement. Ensure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs for optimal health by using supplements, like protein powder and BCAAs. There are even supplements available that ensure you get the right amount of greens. These are great options for on-the-go.
Stay active Daily. This not only helps your physical health, but your mental health as well. Everyone has different levels of fitness, so do what you can! If you aren’t used to a vigorous workout, try going on a daily walk to start. Here are some other activities you can do to stay active:
- Do yoga. This not only strengthens your body, but helps relieve stress, tension and brings an overall sense of wellbeing.
- Ride Bikes. This is an activity that helps you stay active, and can be done with the whole family. As the weather gets nicer, get out there and take a family bike ride! You can play “I spy” as you ride, or just enjoy the scenery.
- Utilize your surroundings. Have stairs? Use them to do lunges, or run up and down them to get your heart rate going. Use your couch to hold your feet for sit-ups, or place your feet on the couch while you are laying on the floor to do Hip Lifts.
- Go digital. There are tons of digital workout platforms streaming virtually any type of exercise you’re into! Or, participate in live workouts across all the social media platforms.
- Invest in your health. In need of a more intense workout? Consider investing in workout equipment for your home gym. This will ensure that you get your workout in, whether you can get to the gym or not!
Enjoy Some Downtime.
I know giving the times, when all we seem to have is downtime, this one is hard to swallow. However, some downtime is actually good for your mental and physical health. In a society where it’s always go go go, we put a lot of stress on our bodies. Sometimes we are so busy we forget to eat, or we skip personal time to assist with homework, or run another errand. The constant GO puts a strain on us mentally and physically, and if we don’t take a moment to rest or relax, we can burn out. This doesn’t mean that we can’t use downtime to be productive and enhance our wellbeing!
Use downtime to:
- Enjoy your family. Use this time to get to know your family again. Pick questions out of a hat and have everyone answer them, or let your kids take turns picking activities to do together.
- Hone a skill. Have something you love doing but never have time to do? Take that time now. Become an ‘expert’ of your craft!
- Develop a hobby. Always wanted to try knitting? Wood-working? Tai-Chi? Now’s the time to learn! There are endless amounts of digital content that can help you learn from home.
- Concentrate on self-growth. You can do this through yoga, meditation, self- growth books, or journaling. Take some downtime to reflect.
After so many people have been, and are continuing to be affected by this virus, we can take away from this pandemic the value of our health. We should never again take for granted the ability to go to the grocery and pick out healthy meal options, the ability to go for a nature hike or run on the beach, or even go to the gym. From the A&Z family, we wish you health and safety not only during this difficult time, but every day!