It has been a whirlwind of a week right? Viruses are contagious but so is fear, hysteria, panic, calm, grace, kindness, and love. By now we have the basics about the coronavirus like wash your hands, use sanitizer, cover your mouth with coughs or sneezes, and stay home if you are sick.
Let’s go into the bigger details, sometimes knowing the WHY makes it more impactful and inspiring to do it well. Here are three thoughts to remember which I found referenced on the CDC site.
- Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water – that is singing to yourself the ABC song completely, that should cover you for the minimum of 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer should contain 60% alcohol. This should be used when washing your hands is not immediately available.
- To make your own household bleach you can use five Tablespoons (1/3 cup) of bleach to one gallon of water, or four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water. (This recommendation is according to the CDC.) Use a soap or detergent if an area is dirty BEFORE you disinfect. This way the disinfectant will be more effective.
We all have had a change in schedules whether you are working from home or “home schooling” you still need to take care of yourself. Here are a few reminders you can do to manage your stress and anxiety during this time:
- Take breaks from the news and discussing COVID-19. You need to remember to think about other things (anything else really), worry will never help you think clearly nor give you better “what to do” ideas.
- Take time for deep breaths, stretching, and meditation. These are all forms of relaxing self-evaluations. Give yourself time to check-in and really see what you need. You can check out my some of my favorite IntelliRoll stretches, or yoga series.
- Eat a well balanced diet which includes plenty of water, veggies, and clean proteins. Keep sugars and alcohol to a minimum.
- Give yourself time to relax before bed so you can be sure you have good quality night of sleep. Remember how sleep and lack of sleep can really affect your immunity.
- Exercise at home or outdoors. I have been having fun taking the boys and dog out for walks each day. I like to do it first thing in the morning but on Sunday it was 30 degrees so we waited until 10am when it got a little warmer, up to 38 degrees. It was still chilly but a super sunny day so we didn’t mind at all. I also threw in a few lunges, wide squats, and interval jogs along the way to get my heart rate elevated.
- Stay connected with your friends and family even if you can’t hang out in person right now. My boys have been loving using the FaceTime with friends right now.
There have been plenty of conspiracy theories and unfounded claims about the Coronavirus. Many of the social media sites have been seeing false claims such as:
- “Oregano Oil is an effective means against Coronavirus” – this hasn’t been proven. It does however help as an anti-inflammatory, toe fungus, and is a powerful antioxidant.
- A false claim that “coronavirus is a human-made virus in the laboratory”
- Sales of unproven “nonmusical immune boosters” to help people ward off 2019 nCoV
- Unfounded recommendations to prevent infection by taking vitamin C and avoiding spicy foods.
- A video with useless advice about preventing 2019-nCoV by modifying your diet (for example, by avoiding cold drinks, milkshakes, or ice cream – clearly that’s a horrible fabrication!)
Like you, I am sure hoping this is going to take a turn soon and more health is on the way and fewer cases being discovered. But for now, it seems like Washington and several other states are going to be remaining at home and in very small crowds for quite some time. If thats what it takes to stop the spread, then so be it. Let’s get everyone back to health.
I have been working online with all my clients right now. While I can’t see them live it sure has been fun staying in contact and keeping them fit and strong. Let me know if you are interested in home workouts with me. You can also click at the top and try my 28 Day Jumpstart Challenge – which was created for you to do at home with mostly body resistant exercises. If you have more questions, just send me an email.