Staying Safe in the Face of a Pandemic
We are hearing from many of our clients and partners about stress being at an all-time high right now due to fears related to the Covid-19 pandemic happening around the globe.
First of all, take heart that you are not alone in how you are feeling. Many are facing economic challenges, emotional challenges, and everything in between. While we can't waive a magic wand and make this all go away tomorrow, we have put together a list of how to keep your family and loved ones safe during these times, without losing your sanity.
1. Eat Healthy
It's easy to feel overwhelmed and simply make bad decisions regarding food. Sometimes after working all day at home on a computer or being on your feet everyday, it's easy to go through a fast food drive thru and pick up dinner. But during stressful times, try to limit those less-than-desired options. Cortisol levels tend to run higher, making weight harder to lose, and the consumption of less nutrient-rich foods can actually hinder your immune system from working properly and fighting off illness. Be sure to increase your diet with immune-boosting foods such as avocados and leafy greens. Don't skip your vitamins either! Be sure to stay current on allergy medications and preventative treatments as usual.
2. Avoid the Crowds
Try to avoid the crowded grocery stores if you can, but if you need to shop, try going at less-busy times. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly as soon as you get home. If you wear gloves, be sure to discard them after each use, or wash them as well. Instead of shopping inside the store, check if they offer curbside pickup or delivery services.
3. Take a Walk
It's proven that Vitamin D is necessary in helping our bodies fight infection and recover quickly from illness. Getting at least 150 minutes per week of exercise - even walking - is a great way to help your body. Getting fresh air and a little sunlight is also great for elevating your mood.
4. Get More Sleep
Over and over again, studies show that sleep is one of the best predictors of health. During stressful times, you may find you are struggling with insomnia, so take extra steps to combat this such as limiting caffeine in the afternoon or evening, avoiding greasy or heavy meals before bedtime, limiting screen time, or even watching the news right before bed. Consider having an herbal tea before bed instead, or a hot bath. If you still struggle with sleeping at night, try to add some daytime naps to your schedule if you can.
5. Practice Mindfulness
If you aren't already, now is a great time to learn the practice of mindfulness. A daily gratitude journal can shift mindset, and meditation is proven for quieting the mind and increasing focus. There are several resources to help with this, such as Calm or Insight Timer, and both offer smartphone apps.
We are all facing some sort of uncertainty during these times. It may be overwhelming one minute and manageable the next. Just know you are not alone.
As a reminder, our Kind Companions are trained and available to step in if you need some assistance. We are still taking new clients, without symptoms, and we can care for your loved ones even if you currently cannot do so yourself. We understand it can be hard to be apart from your loved ones during this time. If you are struggling to get proper care for your senior, please reach out to us today for assistance. We are standing by to help!