Staying Healthy During COVID-19
Staying Healthy during COVID-19
Activities in the categories of eating, exercising, managing stress and maintaining health were all recommendations from Henry Ford Hospital, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and the health reporter from Time magazine.
- Given the constraints on grocery shopping, eating well can be a challenge. Strategies to eat to maintain health during the crisis include:
- Planning — Take an inventory of what is on hand and plan around those items to create healthy meals.
- Stability — Purchase shelf stable and frozen foods so they will keep.
- Canned, dried or frozen goods should be low in saturated fat, salt and added sugars. Preferred levels are "less than five grams of sugar per serving, less than 200 milligrams of salt per serving and less than 1.5 grams of saturated fat per serving,"
- Fresh Produce -Buy fresh produce when it is available. At home, cut up the fruits and vegetables and put them in the freezer, because they can be used for months to come.
- Find a recipe site where you can plug in available ingredients and it will provide a recipe.
- Exercise is important for both physical and emotional well-being. Strategies to keep moving include:
- Activities to bolster mental health are as important as food and exercise. Strategies to stay emotionally healthy include:
- A common stress management technique is meditation, which can calm a person both physically and emotionally. There are apps like Headspace for virtual mindfulness training for people new to meditation. Journalling and practicing gratitude are also proven stress releasers.
- Loneliness can compound mental and physical health issues. It is important to maintain social connections. Video chat with friends and family.
- Limit the amount of news. Check in once a day and do so on trusted sites like the CDC or the World Health Organization.
- Decluttering is important, especially if the space is small. It makes the space feel larger and more comfortable.
- Postpone non-essential health care and if you need to consult a doctor, do it via telemedicine.
- Maintain a regular schedule and normal routine as much as possible.
- Establish good sleep practices. Sleep has many benefits and during stressful times it can keep both mind and body healthy.