The coronavirus or COVID-19 has caused a large shift in how we live our day to day lives. With people working from home, business shutting down, and limits on how much we can get out of the house, this time has caused mass amounts of uncertainty. We want to remind you that these feelings of uncertainty are okay. Everyone is going through this together and while it may seem like a scary time, there are certain things that you can do to help maintain some sense of normalcy, especially when it comes to your health. In this blog post, we will be discussing some ways you can maintain your health while still practicing social distancing. Keep reading to learn more!
Starting off, it’s important to understand what social distancing is. Social distancing is not a new term, but it’s a term that has been recently brought to light and used very frequently in the past few weeks. The term social distancing has been used to describe the way that people are trying to control the spread of this infectious virus. Most recently, it’s been referenced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, as one of the most effective and best ways in preventing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The CDC has defined social distancing as “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (about six feet) away from others when possible.” People have also been using the term “quarantine” or “social isolation,” which are essentially relating back to the same thing.
For some, social distancing may feel like a relief. Events are being canceled, travel is limited, and for some, all of the alone time has made them feel less anxious, especially those who may have forms of social anxiety. Some people have found social distancing to be a huge inconvenience and may even find it a bit depressing. So many events that people have looked forward to are now being postponed or even canceled. Regardless of how you are feeling about social distancing, it can get a bit boring, especially as the weeks go on and government officials are predicting this could last up to another month. So, it’s important that you keep yourself active during this time.
It can be easy to want to stay on the couch all day while binge-watching your favorite television show but it’s important that you stay active. Try and imagine your normal routine. What were you doing then? Of course, times have changed and your routine is going to be different but try to keep it as similar as possible. If you’re someone who walked around a lot at their job try and do the same thing. Get out and get moving. Whether this is a walk around the block or a few laps around your home, standing up and moving can help relieve stress, feelings of anxiety, and keeps you from living a sedentary life.
Continue Your Recommended Exercise Routine
Similarly to what we just discussed, try and keep your routine. If you were giving specific exercises from your chiropractor, massage therapist, or physical therapist, keep doing those. Not only will this help give you some form of exercise but it will also make sure that you’re keeping yourself healthy and that your body is continuing to heal. If you stop doing recommended exercises, this can put a strain on your body and delay any healing or progress you may have made. Make this a part of your daily routine and continue as you would.
Eat Whole and Nutritious Foods
In times of stress, it can be tempting to turn to your favorite comfort foods and while it’s okay to indulge here and there, make sure you’re fueling your body with whole and healthy foods. No matter what your motivation to eat healthy is, keeping yourself full of nutritious foods is going to help keep you on your normal routine. Cooking can even become a fun activity that helps you stay moving and connected with your loved ones. Share recipes, have your family help you, and enjoying a meal together can help us stay connected during these times of social distancing.
Listen To Your Body
It may be tempting to want to try a new at home workout but remember to listen to your body. Of course, it’s important to stay active and moving but you don’t want to hurt yourself. If you’re doing an online yoga class or a new workout, and something hurts, stop. Due to our limited means, we may not be able to help you like we normally would. So, take care of yourself and don’t do anything out of your usual limits.
Stay Connected With Loved Ones
Social distancing can take a toll on our mental health due to the lack of human connection. It’s more important than ever to take time to reach out to those that you love. Whether this is a phone call, video chat, or even sending them a letter in the mail, staying connected will not only help you but it will help the person you’re reaching out too. It can get lonely sometimes so showing that you care for people can do more than you imagined.
Remember, this time is only temporary and even though we are unsure of how long it will last, it will not be like this forever. It’s so important to take this time seriously and practice social distancing. The more we practice, the less time we will have to spend doing it. At Life Wellness Center, we understand that this time of uncertainty is difficult for everyone. Remember to keep yourself healthy both mentally and physically and to pay attention to what is going on around you.
This time of social distancing may not be ideal but we’re all going through it. Life Wellness Center is following closely to the CDC’s recommendations that are pertaining to the Coronavirus and will be posting updates about our steps we are taking to help distance and care at this time.
Remember, if you’re having symptoms of coronavirus, please call your local doctor’s office before coming in. Many places are setting up virtual visits to help decrease the spreading of any type of sickness. We do urge you, if you’re feeling sick with any of the symptoms, avoid going to public offices like emergency rooms or urgent care clinics.
Remember to take care of yourself during this time and check the CDC’s website for more updates. To all of our clients and their families, stay safe!