We’ve compiled a variety of tools and resources to help you stay physically, mentally and emotionally healthy during coronavirus shutdowns.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health authorities are unified in one message: We all must practice social distancing to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from the coronavirus. That entails keeping about 6 feet of distance between ourselves and others, avoiding crowds, and hunkering down at home. To reinforce and support this important medical advice, many states and municipalities are imposing various levels of shutdowns, lock downs, or shelter-in-place requirements and business closures. These measures vary by geography, duration and intensity so you need to watch your local news to learn the details of the plan in your state and community.

First, let’s tackle “social distancing,” a term that barely existed a few weeks ago. The Guardian offers an expert guide to social distancing – and what to do if friends and family aren’t onboard. Below, this video from a social epidemiologist talks about the importance and answers some tough questions.

if you are on lock-down, it’s important to keep to a routine. Eat well, exercise, maintain good sleep habits, and manage stress and anxiety. It’s also important to heighten your hygiene and know steps to take to protect yourself from germs.  See our prior post: Coronavirus prevention and precaution tips. 
We’ve gathered tips and tools to help you, but if you are a member of ESI EAP, remember that you have access to counselors and coaches 24/7/365 if you need help or have questions.

Exercise to stay fit and active

Most gyms are closed. They aren’t a great environment for social distancing. (If your gym is open, Staying Safe at the Gym During the Coronavirus Outbreak) 
But with being confined to home, it makes it more of a challenge to stay active. We all know that sitting around too much isn’t good for us. Here’s why

First, learn your local rules. Most shutdowns allow for walking pets and going to the market. Use these as opportunities for exercise. If your state rules allow for walking, jogging or biking, practice good social distancing. Here are other ideas.

Maintain good nutrition & a healthy diet

Manage your stress and your mental and emotional health

Keep in contact with friends, relatives, work colleagues via phone, social media, or apps like face time and chat. Check in on older or vulnerable relatives and friends and people who live alone.

Practice recommended hygiene and illness prevention

 

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