Now that we have been isolated for weeks, most of us are ready to get outside. For most people, the overwhelming need to feed and support their families has been overridden by the need to remain in “quarantine”. However, personal economic burden weighs heavily and some are becoming willing to put their health at risk in order to return to work.
There are many things we can do to protect our health, such as:
1. If you live in a densely populated area or one with a higher rate of infection, continue to practice mitigation. Tell yourself, “I can do this for a few more days.” Every day fill your hours with meaningful activity.
2. If you must go out, wear a mask at all times. This may be our new normal for a long time. We must become accustomed to this. In areas where the country has been hit hard, keep doing what governmental authorities recommend.
3. Eat a healthy diet based on your availability of food. Now is not the time to either binge eat or half eat. Anxiety and depression can rob or increase appetite. We need to keep our weight stable.
4. If you live in an area where you can get out and exercise safely, put on your mask and go outside, but stay away from others. Talk from afar.
WALK, WALK, WALK OR WHATEVER YOU DO FOR EXERCISE
5. Build up your immune system. If you have supplements, a juicer or green juice, stay current and take whatever you have to strengthen your health. We may go around this mountain again in the fall and/or winter, so we need to work hard to strengthen our immune system.
6. If you are having symptoms of COVID-19 or some other illness, stay in touch with your healthcare provider. Most out-patient medical services are initiated via telehealth these days, so it’s easy to contact your physician. Give them a call.
BE PROACTIVE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH
7. Based on a report in the Wall Street Journal on 4/18/20, “The Hidden Toll on Untreated Illness”, admissions for heart attacks, strokes, appendicitis, gallbladder infections and obstetric emergencies have plummeted. If you are sick, call your healthcare provider.
YOUR LIFE MATTERS
8. Wash, wash, wash your hands.
9. Wear your mask even though you hate it!
10. Social distance until such times as social distancing guidelines are relaxed.
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