We send you our warmest wishes during the COVID-19 crisis. Together we will come out of these challenging times stronger than ever! We recognize the bravery and relentless efforts of healthcare professionals and first responders – you are our heroes! Just as importantly we have great respect for all front line workers – truck drivers, delivery drivers, restaurant employees, grocery and drug store employees just to mention a few. Thank you for keeping our supply lines open, as well as grocery and drug stores running, during these unprecedented times. Our love goes out to you all!
The Novel Coronavirus of 2019, known as COVID-19, is a virus that has taken the world by storm over the past few months, completely changing the way we live our daily lives. COVID-19 has burned its way across the globe and now affects the vast majority of the population – especially in North America and Europe, where many countries have declared a State of Emergency. At this point in time, the best way to combat the virus is to follow advice and orders from health and government officials, which mostly express to “stay home and stay away from other people.”
Staying Safe and Healthy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While we spend this time behind closed doors, we can explore a few things that will keep you and the rest of the world safe. The first step is to Flatten the Curve. Flattening the Curve can be equally understood as lowering the risk and preventing the spread of COVID-19. If you’ve seen #FlattenTheCurve and want to know how you can help, then you can follow these simple practices.
As you surely know by now, society is urging everyone to stay home and provide each other with a personal space of two meters. If you must go out in public, it should only be for essential services or food items and supplies. This helps prevent contact with two or more people and the potential of spreading the virus. While you’re home, you might find that you have more time for ‘spring cleaning’ or even getting your to-do list done, and in doing so, you’re helping to slow the spread. For those of you who are now adjusting to working from home, we welcome you to the pajama party!
With most of the world at home, and fewer people working, you might want to use that time to see friends or spend time with loved ones. However, the more people you interact with, the more likely you are to spread or catch the virus. While we refrain from contamination, we can plan around the future, make changes that help suit our lifestyles, and grow as a society to help fight this virus. While you may not be able to physically see your friends and family, major telecommunication companies are doing their part to free up data and remove harsh long distance charges that would typically prevent you from sharing photos or browsing online. Now, you should be able to share as much as you like, with anyone you know, without having to worry about running up a bill or using up all your data. You can call, text, video chat, and even use social media to stay in touch with the loved ones you miss during this time.
Additionally, we understand that, with all this time spent indoors, you might be worried about putting on a few pounds. Staycations can be freeing while stocking up can increase the chances of snacking. While you’re snacking, we suggest adding healthier ingredients like chia seeds, burdock root powder, and even elderberry. These items, and many more, can assist you by boosting your immune system and prepare you for the harsher times ahead. We’ve got a full list of immune-boosting ingredients for our article in next month’s newsletter, where we break down how each of these simple ingredients changes the way your body increases immunity and what they can help fight against.
Staying Entertained and Active During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While spending your days indoors, we also recommend practicing self-care or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy. The most important part of staying healthy is reducing your stress and actively working to keep your mood up. It’s easy to fall into a depressive slump during times like this, so we suggest performing a few tasks a day that help boost your mood. This could be anything from painting to yoga, doing crafts, writing music, or even learning a new language. If you’re working from home like us, remember to take some time to yourself to rest and do something you enjoy, like playing video games or listening to your favorite record.
And for those who can’t bear to stay inside all day or even those with dogs that need walking, remember that social distancing is not the same as quarantine. If you are healthy and have not had contact with anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you are welcome to practice your social distancing outside. Feel free to roam your yard, the neighborhood, and even walk around the block. On an average day, taking some alone time is considered a treat, so why not enjoy it now? With the gyms closed for the foreseeable future, your new jogging route can be around the block or through the park. Any form of standard exercise you can do alone or with a member of your household is just as appreciated as staying indoors, so long as you are practicing proper social distancing. Exercising can also help reduce your stress and remind you that the world still exists and everything will be alright.
By following these simple steps, you can help Flatten the Curve, keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Plan ahead, think of others, and please wash your hands.