Staying Healthy During a Pandemic
At Act Earth Wise, we often say “Better Clean, Better Health“ to highlight the role technology can play to enable you and your family to practice additional safety measures when sanitizing items and areas.
Yet, when we think about being healthy, beyond how often we wash our hands and wear masks, we also must process how social distancing, and the lack of direct stimulation with people and environments, have impacted our emotional and physical health. Experiences we use to take for granted like going to the gym, a dance class, or yoga for physical exercise mandate new approaches to being physically healthy. Likewise, not going to church, school, shopping, and yes work deprives us of much-needed stimulation to keep the mind and soul energized and connected.
I for one, have always found solace in being able to work out excessively, at the gym, yoga studio, or wrestling mat, all of which have not been available since the start of the pandemic. To be honest, it’s been difficult motivating myself though it’s a bit easier now that Summer is upon us. That said unless you’re a fitness fanatic I’m likely the last person you’d want advice from on being physically or mentally fit during a pandemic. So I thought I’d seek out the advice of a good friend, Dr. Lakhani, a resident physician in Florida.
Recently, a common statement I hear from my patients is: that I feel selfish for wanting to take time for myself and away from my family and friends even during the quarantine.
It is very important to take care of yourself and listen to what your body and mind are asking of you. Do not feel selfish about investing in yourself. Whether it be meditation or movement. Our bodies have a natural pharmacy within. Releasing endorphins help with breaking patterns that are keeping you stuck in a cycle.
The last 4 months have been new grounds the world is treading. Be kind to yourself. Turn off the TV, put on a mask and take a walk, ride your bike, or sit in the sun after applying sunscreen. One of my favorite past times when I have time is facetime with my loved ones I can't see because of potential exposure from working in a hospital. I may not be able to give hugs but seeing their faces, hearing them laugh, and tell stories is soothing after a rough day of uncertainty.
If you're having a hard time, don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family, or even your doctor if you have questions. There is no character flaw in asking for help or wanting to take a day for yourself. If you feel as if you're having more anxiety than normal, I suggest turning off your TV and turn off your news notifications on your phone. Monitor your blood sugar, limit caffeine, and try to sleep 8 hours a night. Be cautious, courteous, always wear a mask, and wash your hands. Soften your forehead, unclench your jaw, and relax your shoulders to stop holding tension in your body.
This is not medical advice, please consult your primary care physician.