Quarantine. Social distancing. Social isolation. These words have become the new norm in our society, with the current situation across the globe. With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic / virus, self-isolation has become the new norm, and the proper thing to do during these difficult times, for the sake of public health.
Healthcare workers, food service workers, sanitary workers (just to name a few), continue to work hard to ensure that we all have what we need during this "lockdown," and we thank them whole heartedly for their efforts and for taking risks every day to keep us safe and healthy and make sure that we have what we need. For many however, the unfortunate truth is a temporary or indefinite layoff. If you are lucky enough to still be employed, chances are you are working from home.
But working from home is not an excuse to get all out of whack! During this difficult time, it’s important to continue looking after your physical and mental health. This will help you in the long term, as you will be ready to get back to normal life once the air clears. It will also help you fight COVID-19 if you get it. Keeping your body and mind healthy will keep you strong and help you in fighting disease.
Here are some tips to stay healthy - both mentally and physically - during quarantine:
- Eat a healthy diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost your immune system
- Limit alcohol and sugary drink intake
- Don’t smoke as it can exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms and increase your risk of getting seriously sick
- Adults should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, and children for at least an hour
- If you can get outside, go for a run, walk, or bike ride - but be sure to keep a safe distance from others
- If you can't get outside, do some exercise at home, like yoga, walk up and down the stairs, dance, have fun!
- If you are working from home on a computer, be sure not to sit too long in the same position, and take a 3 minute break every 30 minutes
- Take advantage of the time you have at home, do a detox and take care of your health
- Beat the loneliness! There are so many ways to remain socially connected: use the phone, engage in video calls, FaceTime or other video calling apps to stay connected to your family and friends
- Stay informed, get your information from trusted sources - but don't obsess over the news if it makes you anxious
- To get your mind off the crisis, listen to music, read a book, or play a game
It's normal to feel stressed, confused and afraid during a crisis such as the Coronavirus outbreak. Many of us are feeling lonely in isolation or quarantine. But it is important to follow the rules and self-isolate as much as possible.
Do your part to stop the spread and stay home, but try to remain healthy while doing it!