1. Practice Good Hygiene
Thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds at a time using hot water and soap or an antibacterial and alcohol gel.
2. Communicate Regularly with Family, Friends, and Colleagues
If you’re socially distancing yourself or self-isolating during this period you need to make sure that you avoid cutting yourself off completely from the people that care about you. Using virtual communication channels including email, phone, or voice calls such as FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype, etc. can be critical to boosting your mood and keeping your spirits up.
It can also be a good idea to consider the more vulnerable members of society by doing such things as making a phone call to an elderly neighbor who lives alone can really help to make their day or offering to get medicine or groceries for those at too high of a risk to leave their homes.
3. Eat a Balanced Diet
Try eating a properly balanced diet that consists mostly of natural foods. Avoid taking too much alcohol or even processed food and try to maintain proper hydration by drinking plenty of water regularly throughout the day.
Making sure that the body is sufficiently replenished can have numerous benefits. It can help your mind remain focused throughout the day, it may help prevent various health conditions, and allows the body to self-regulate. Regular and sufficient quality sleep also plays a critical role in ensuring that the immune system functions optimally.
Regular exercise is extremely important, particularly when self-isolating since it can help with your mental state and can keep the body functioning more effectively. Many people will have had their gym classes or sporting events cancelled due to the pandemic, but this doesn’t mean that people need to completely stop working out.
On the contrary, there are numerous amazing free home workout resources on various websites including YouTube. For instance, Marianne, our Pilates instructor will be running live virtual Pilates classes. The Arthritic Knee, ‘Better Back’, and dynamic leg classes will also be re-established in virtual live formats to allow patients to keep participating in and enjoying these in the comfort of their own homes.
Make sure that you have appropriate health coverage, take a look at Medicare Advantage Plans 2022.
6. Avoid Excessive Social Media Use
Social media is definitely a great tool for communicating with friends and family. Excessive usage, however, for other means can negatively impact one’s mental well-being. Many ‘fake news’ stories and inaccurate sources of information have been circulating about Covid-19 on various social media platforms, which not only leads to a greater risk to people’s health, but may also promote unnecessary panic or hysteria among the population.
You should always try sticking to factual information from scientific sources and experts including resources from the World Health Organization (WHO), NHS, or the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for regular updates from the scientific community.