As we move deeper into the Coronavirus pandemic and many of us work from home or just have to be home, it’s important to take care of yourself and family. Here’s some tips.

During the first week or so of self-isolation or just staying at home to help contain the spread of the virus, it can seem a  bit surreal. Like a vacation but not, given the circumstances. So maintaining routines and finding ways to entertain yourself, kids or partner can be easier. But the longer it goes on, when we get into the second and third and maybe more weeks, it can be harder. But it’s important to practice self-care.

Note: If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please visit the site for the Canadian Mental Health Association here.

COVID-19 Self Care Tips

One | Set routines

For most of us, our life routines revolve around our jobs and families. But even in lockdown and working from home, it’s good to set new routines. Maybe if you work from home using your computer or company computer, you have video meetings and calls. Try to set standard call times through the week. Make sure to have one in the morning, which helps with not sleeping in every day.

If you have family at home with you, work out cooking and cleaning schedules. Share the load and set days that people do things. Set or keep your regular bedtime schedule. Sleep is very important. The thing is, create routines.

Two | Healthy Sleeping

Our regular readers know we have a number of articles on the value of sleep. It’s important to keep to a schedule. To not oversleep but also not to indulge in too little or too much sleep. Healthy sleeping habits can help reduce stress and give your immune system a chance to stay in peak shape too!

Three | Healthy Eating

At times like this, many are often tempted to turn to food. But maintaining a healthy diet is key. Be sure to eat lots of fruit and veggies. We’ve got lots of great recipes here. Set meal times as you normally would. Meal times should be part of your overall routine. Beware of late night snacking, but if you must, try some of these healthy snacks.

Four | Exercise routines

Aside from getting out for a walk in your neighbourhood when you can, have a set time to do some home workouts. Even if you don’t have any gym equipment at home, you can do various exercises. Exercising boosts your metabolism and your immune system. It will also help you sleep better.

Five | Digital time out

We’re spending a lot more time in front of screens these days, from tablets and smartphones to computers and TV screens. Then there’s all that time checking social media feeds and news. Be sure to take a good break from it every day, as in at least an hour, preferable two to three hours. Set aside some book reading time.

Six | Quiet times

If you’re by yourself, this is fairly easy. If you have kids around or a partner / spouse, take some time apart at home. Go into separate rooms for an hour or two, do something quiet and relaxing like meditation or reading. This shouldn’t be social media time or reading the news. Be quiet and be in the moment.

The main thing in all of this is to take care of you as well as you take care of others. Set routines, try new recipes, get fresh air everyday. Even a bike ride can be hugely refreshing. A run or brisk walk too.

From all of us at Optimyz and HUM@Nmedia, we hope you are safe and staying healthy!

Author: Alexa Hurst is a staff writer for HUM@Nmedia for both Optimyz and Silver Magazines.

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