How to stay healthy and not get cabin fever during coronavirus

  The coronavirus pandemic has put us all in a state of both anxiety and boredom. Kids are practically locked inside by worried moms, which leaves everyone in the house on edge. From adults to five-year-olds, everyone is going stir-crazy. People are also overwhelmed with fear of catching the virus or someone in their family getting it as well. All this worry is appropriate because this is a really serious issue. At the same time, we all could unwind and relax from time to time. Below are a few tips on how to stay healthy at home and while going out.

  • Disinfect surfaces in your home or office that you touch often.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before and after eating or touching multiple items.
  • Sneeze or cough into your elbow or at least try to cover your mouth in any way possible.
  • The CDC now advises everyone to wear a cloth face cover when going out in public, such as going to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. DO NOT use masks that are intended for health care workers
  • Practice social distancing. This means only going out for necessities and when going out stay at least 6ft apart from other people and avoid crowds of ten or more people.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose.

  Mental health is a huge issue that comes along with social distancing and quarantine. Most young adults and children are used to seeing their friends every day and having social interaction. Not being able to do this might affect kids and teenagers in a very negative way. Below are a few tips on how to avoid cabin fever as well as keeping your mental health at a good state.

  • Move your body. Studies have found that exercise boosts your mood and helps you feel better. Plus you don’t have to run a mile, something as simple as dancing around your room counts as physical activity.
  • Talk to friends and family through Skype or Face Tim Talking to the people you love can also put you in a better mood. You can also offer support to others who are struggling.
  • Eat healthy and drink plenty of water. Putting good things into your body is always good for you and is also found to help boost your mood. It can also help your immune system, which can also help prevent getting the virus.
  • Be patient with yourself and others. It’s common to have any number of stress reactions, such as fear, anger, frustration and anxiety. Hold an image in your mind of the best possible outcome. Be patient with others and try to be there for them as well.
  • Relax your body often by doing things that work for you. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate, or do activities you enjoy. If you are religious or spiritual, follow practices at home that provide you with comfort and emotional strength.
  • Pace yourself between stressful activities by doing something fun after a hard task.
  • Try something new challenge yourself to do a creative or new activity to help jump start you out of boredom.

  The most important thing to remember during these troubling times is to stay positive. A positive mindset can help keep your spirits up as well as the others around you. Doing your part in avoiding the spread of this virus is important and can help us get out of this quarantine sooner. Stay safe and keep taking care of yourself.