With the plethora of bad news circling the globe, it seems nearly impossible to limit fear and continue on with our daily lives. News outlets are flooding televisions with painful stories regarding death, disaster, and most recently, the pandemic of Coronavirus. The fear of the unknown has resulted in grocery stores running out of essential items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and water. The stock market is dropping, international travel is being limited, and professional basketball is suspended. While some are being granted the luxury of self-quarantining themselves from the public by working from home and taking college classes virtually, many individuals are required to be present and maintain their normal schedule. Regardless of your situation, the same health precautions should be implemented in order to best protect yourself and those around you. Staying on top of your health, especially in a time of disaster, needs to be a main priority. Here are some tips that can help.
Stay Away, Germs
Wash your hands – and I mean really wash them. Running them briefly under water or over the tips of your fingers isn’t going to cut it. Spend 20 seconds scrubbing both of your hands with soap and water multiple times per day.
– tip: Wash your hands before AND after you use the restroom.
Use a paper towel/ arm to open any public door.
Keep Purell hand sanitizer close and use it after any outside contact.
Lysol your work area. This includes anything you may touch throughout the day (mouse, keyboard, drawers, phone).
Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and sharing food/chapstick/drinks/etc. with others.
Limit rubbing your eyes and touching your mouth.
Boost your Immune System
Vitamin C – My personal favorite are the Airborne gummies (take three daily).
Vitamin D – the sun is lacking! Spending a majority of our day inside, especially during the winter months, our bodies need the extra dose.
Zinc – this can be a pill or a lozenge.
Limit alcohol consumption – drinking can impair the immune system and its ability to fight infection.
Water – no explanation needed. It’s a necessity. Simple as that.
Sleep – a full 8 hours. Make it happen.
A Healthier You
Health foods – “eat the rainbow” & stay away from fast, fried, and processed foods. A few options to add to your diet can include:
Exercise – DAILY. This doesn’t have to be a high intensity, full-on workout. Just move your body.
Instead of the elevator, take the stairs.
Park further away in parking lots.
Meditate/ do yoga.
Stretch breaks throughout the day.
Limit Stress – nothing good ever comes from stressing yourself out.
Here at Share Birmingham, we are committed to keeping our community safe! Disinfectant wipes, spray, and hand sanitizer are fully stocked, and we are staying on top of the overall cleanliness of our space to best serve each guest that walks in the door!