How is everyone doing out there? My heart goes out to all who are dealing with the virus, or those of you who are taking care of loved ones. This is a stressful time for everyone –world over — but there is a well known saying : tough times never last. Yes, as bad as it is right now, it will be over one day. It’s now up to us to do our best to ensure that we are around when that time comes. Makes sense? So, here are some tips to help you stay well–physically, emotionally and mentally.
- Listen to the news. I don’t usually give this piece of advice because the news is often so depressing. However, in times of natural disaster as we’re having now, you need to stay informed. Fortunately, there are many platforms where you can get information. The CDC and other government sites in your area can provide the information you need.
- Stock up on healthy foods. Now is not the time to take a break from healthy eating. The Choose My Plate website and the My Plate mobile app can help you choose healthy meals in order to reach your goals. Fruits and vegetables should form an integral part of your diet. Purchase a two-week’s worth of vegetables in a mix of colors – salad greens, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, radishes. For fruits, try to get the same mix – strawberries, blueberries, apples, plums and others. Add carbs — brown rice, whole wheat bread, quinoa — and protein foods such as meat, fish, peas, beans, lentils, cheese, and eggs. You should also get some healthy snacks such as nuts, raisins, and pop corn.
- Keep up with your physical activity. Most gyms and health clubs are closed by now. This does not mean you can’t exercise. Go for a walk or run (depending on your fitness level), ride your bike or do some simple exercises at home. There are many videos to help you if you don’t know what to do.
- Stock up on meds: If you are a diabetic, you know you can’t be without your meds. Call your doctor, if you need to, so you can have your prescriptions refilled before you run out. If you are unable to get to the pharmacy, you can arrange for delivery.
- Follow good hygiene. You can probably recite all the instructions we’ve been given on the television as to what we should do to protect ourselves from catching and/or spreading germs. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Sanitizer? There’s none on planet earth. Okay, I heard you. If you didn’t get any in the store, here’s how you can make your own:
- ⅓ cup aloe vera gel
- ⅔ cup isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- (optional) 2-3 drops organic, all-natural essential oil
Mix all the ingredients up in a bowl and pour into a clean container (like a bottle with a secure top. Optional: use a bottle with a spray attachment.) TIP: The CDC recommends using a sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol. This recipe meets that requirement.
Stay tuned for more ways to cope with the coronavirus while you stay at home. If you have not yet joined my Type 2 Diabetics Network Facebook Group now is the best time to do so. We will be sharing tips and stories to keep you informed and encouraged. Sign up now.