This blog was posted on March 27th. Because the situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, some information may not be up to date. Stay informed by following information from your local officials and by visiting the CDC website.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect your community, you may be wondering how you can prepare for this time of staying at home. What supplies do you need? And how can you take care of your well-being? Here are a few helpful tips to consider.
You’ll need a month’s supply of prescriptions and any over-the-counter medication. That includes allergy medicine, acetaminophen, and cold and flu relief. Make sure you have a first-aid kit with gauze, tape, ointment for burns, and plastic gloves, just in case.
Healthy ways to relieve stress are important to think about. It can be in the form of reading material, videos, activities, or games. Exercise is a great stress reliever; try out yoga or one of our at-home fitness circuits.
Think about getting products with a long shelf-life, such as cheese that gets better with age or juices that only require refrigeration after opening. Root vegetables, like carrots, sweet potatoes, beets, and turnips, can last for months if stored correctly. Now’s the time to also utilize your freezer. You can store meat, fish, casseroles, frozen fruits and veggies, and more. And don’t forget the ice cream!
A routine can give you a sense of purpose, and purpose can give you a sense of control. There’s something else that comes with a daily routine, and that’s a set of goals. Set daily and weekly goals for a fun challenge.
That goes for food and TV. Binging may seem like a source of comfort, but it can quickly become a negative escape. Try everything in moderation. Watching a funny movie with the family is a nice way to end the day and is a great release.
Feeling “put together” has a direct relationship to feeling more in control. No, you aren’t going to dress the way you would for the office, but do consider dressing the way you would if you were going out with friends.
It’s important to remember that in all of this, there’s a positive. This crisis could teach us to be more resourceful, more innovative, and more compassionate — especially when it comes to how we support and care for each other.
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