Making your Physical and Mental Health a Priority During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fordland ClinicNews

Family Waking in the woodsThe Coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives, from virtual classrooms, to telecommuting, to early restaurant closing times, to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the spread of this disease. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but it presents a perfect time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. Healthy eating and positive mindset are especially important to stay in top condition.

Make eating together at home a positive experience for the family.

What will you serve? What do you need? Consider the foods your family likes, and the time and energy you will have for preparing meals. Working from home may not mean there is more time to cook, especially if you are now responsible for teaching your kids and doing the work your employer expects. Include children in meal planning, preparation, kids can help set the table, pour the water and clean up. Make mealtimes a family affair. Eat together at the table or spread a blanket on the floor and have an indoor picnic. Reconnect with the family.

Positive mindset is vital to getting through this pandemic. Think Positive!

Practice positive stress management strategies. Walk the dog, call friend, soak in the tub, or cuddle your kids. Stay away from alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Stick with your routine as much as you can. Go to bed and get up in the morning at your usual time. Eat meals at your regular times. Find ways to exercise away from the gym by doing yoga in the living room, have scavenger hunt in the backyard with your kids, or play tag as a family. Manage boredom by keeping busy and reengaged. Enjoy your hobbies, read, make videos with your kids, help your kids with their virtual schoolwork, and stay in touch with family, friends, and colleagues. Resist hanging around the fridge or mindlessly watching TV.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to your health care provider for your mental and physical concerns. Let’s make the most of it, so we will come out stronger and wiser and ready to enjoy all the wonderful times to come!