Tips to Keep Your Family Physically and Mentally Healthy During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Our daily life and routines have been totally disrupted with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the United States. It’s important to follow guidelines to take care of yourself and your family in order to prevent the spread of the virus.
You may also be asking yourself how you can lower your stress levels or feel less isolated while staying at home.
Check out these resources and tips to help you and your family stay both physically and mentally healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
Resources for Prevention, Testing & Treatment
- Learn about the COVID-19 screening process in our community and what to do if you are sick.
- The Cone Health COVID-19 resource page is a good source of information and links to trusted sites to learn more about prevention, facts, symptoms, testing, and treatment.
- Learn the CDC recommendations to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Gather in a Group Via Technology
Avoiding outings and gatherings is one of the important ways to protect yourself and your family during the COVID-19 outbreak. To make up for the lack of social interaction, you can connect with family and friends via video. Both Apple’s Facetime and Facebook Messenger allow group video calls.
Explore how to make group Facetime calls, which allow you to include up to 31 other people as long as they have an Apple device running on iOS 12.1 or Mojave. Learn how to make a group video chat on Facebook Messenger, which supports up to six people by video.
Consider setting a standard time each week to connect with one or more groups to take the place of your normal face-to-face interactions with friends and family. People across the country have been using video calls for book club meetings, happy hours, and even game nights as a fun way to connect. It’s also a great way to support each other during a difficult time.
Exercise as a Family
Gyms are closed and children’s sports activities are canceled, but don’t let that stop you from getting exercise. Regular exercise boosts the immune system and produces endorphins, which can help reduce stress and lead to a more positive mood. These are benefits we can all use in the midst of the current pandemic. Try some of these activities to keep you and your family moving.
- Go hiking or walking, and ask your children to name six points of natural interest along the way. This could be anything from a tree or flower to birds, squirrels, and even clouds in the sky.
- Try the bear crawl with younger children. Place hands and feet flat on the floor and arch your back so that you look like a momma bear. Race your kids across the room. Add some fun by seeing who can roar like a bear the loudest.
- Turn on some music and have a dance party. Try playing different types of music to inspire a variety of dance moves.
- Start a game of frisbee or soccer in the backyard or at a local park. Some parks offer disc golf courses, including Barber Park and Bur-Mil Park in Greensboro, Johnson Street Disc Golf Park in High Point, and at Springwood Park and Cedarock Park in Burlington.
- For those who like a more challenging workout, try these moves to get an intense session at home without gym equipment. Burpees, squats, and jumping jacks can serve as both a cardiac and strength workout. Use a chair for tricep dips, gallon jugs of water for shoulder presses, and a series of planks or push-ups to work your core.
Ease Anxiety with Music, Talking, or Counseling
It’s normal to feel some stress or anxiety as the coronavirus continues to spread and cause so many changes in daily routines. In addition to regular exercise, you can try one of these techniques to help calm frazzled nerves.
- Try listening to relaxing or upbeat music. Playing some of your favorite tunes can lift your mood during the day. If you’re having trouble sleeping, science shows that music with binaural beats or delta waves can help you move into a state of relaxation and better sleep. You can easily find many choices for this type of music on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and other music sites.
- Talk with a friend. It may help to share your concerns or stress with a trusted friend who can simply listen and offer support. Try to connect by video chat rather than just a phone call if possible.
- Get counseling if your stress or anxiety continues or feels overwhelming. A licensed counselor can help you manage your stress and anxiety through various proven counseling techniques. You can also talk to your primary care physician who can help refer you to a trusted counselor in your area. Request an appointment with a LeBauer behavioral health counselor today.
LeBauer HealthCare is Here for Your Family
The professionals at LeBauer HealthCare offices throughout the Triad have received special training on Coronavirus symptoms and precautions. Most offices also offer counseling services from licensed counselors for stress, anxiety, and depression.
- If you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus, call one of our offices to talk to a nurse. We can advise you if you should stay home, have a virtual visit, or go to the nearest emergency room.
- If for any reason you have difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
- If you would like to schedule a counseling appointment, call the office most convenient for you or request an appointment online.
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