We are all learning how to live in this ‘new normal’ as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic. For most of us, that means staying at home in self-isolation and social distancing from friends and family. It can be a challenging time for everyone.
While we are not the experts when it comes to mental and physical health, we came across a great resource that provided tips for staying health and happy during this stressful time. As your neighbours, the team at Pro-Tow, Motorplex and Pro-Enviro are feeling the strain too, and thought these might be helpful.
Connect with Others
We might have to make a physical distance from the people we care about, but we don’t have to stop connecting with them. In a digital age, there are lots of options for connecting virtually including web chats, FaceTime, and other video conferencing software. Making connections can help you find the support you need, especially if you’re feeling lonely and isolated.
Go for a Walk.
If you are not under quarantine, or mandated self-isolation for traveling or having symptoms, health authorities have said it’s okay to take walks outside. You should only do this in areas where you can respect social distancing requirements, which means staying a minimum of 6 feet away from another person.
Both physical exercise and being outdoors can be helpful for your mental health. In fact, spending time in nature has many health benefits including stress reduction, boosted immune system, lowering blood pressure and general improved mood.
A walk, if you can keep 6 feet away from other people, can be a good way to break up your day. However, if you’re considered high risk due to your age and/or have an underlying health condition, you need to be extra cautious and might decide it’s best to stay indoors.
Take Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for many important body functions. Not only does it help us fight off disease, it can reduce depression and anxiety too. A study completed recently in Ireland found that vitamin D plays a vital role in preventing respiratory infections and can help boost the immune system as it responds to infections. If you can’t get outside for 15 minutes or more each day, consider a vitamin D supplement.