States across the country are in lockdown in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID19, and Michigan has it's own “stay at home” order in place. This means staying at home unless absolutely necessary (e.g. getting groceries; picking up prescriptions). Of course, our Lake Orion, MI, board-certified family doctor Dr. Joseph Gorz also understands that having to quarantine presents its own challenges. Here are some ways to manage your health and combat anxiety during these unprecedented times.
Get Up and Moving
Now that you’re home all the time, it may be tempting to just sit around and binge Netflix; however, day after day of lying around can take a toll on both your mental and physical health. So now is the time to put an emphasis on your health. If you follow personal trainers on social media then chances are good that they are offering free workouts and trainings. Many gyms and personal trainers are also offering remote workouts.
Now is the perfect time to get a jumpstart on your fitness routine. You don’t need heavy weights to experience a challenging workout. You can get a great workout right in the comfort of your own home. 30 minutes a day is all you need, so let’s get moving!
Many of us turn to food when we are feeling stressed out, sad or anxious. If you’re an emotional eater you may find yourself falling into bad habits. We love these tips about how to curb emotional eating during self-quarantine. And remember: What you ate yesterday doesn’t define you today.
You can make healthy eating choices right this moment and it’s never too late. If you’re quarantined with family and friends now’s the perfect time to prep healthy meals together and practice mindfulness eating.
If you find yourself feeling down or upset about what’s going on, it’s the perfect time to turn the attention away from your problems to focus on how you can help others. This might seem hard to do, especially since you should be practicing social distancing; however, you can still help the elderly, sick and immunocompromised in your community while still minimizing contact. Offer to pick up their groceries, take out their trash, pick up their prescriptions or simply pick up the phone and talk to them. Being able to socialize with others is incredibly important, especially now.
Neighborhood Primary Care in Lake Orion, MI, is dedicated to helping you and the community stay healthy and well, which also means doing your part to practice social distancing. If you have questions about your health or are concerned that you may be experiencing symptoms of COVID19 please call us at (248) 690-9181.
The information is provided to you by Dr. Joe Gorz at Neighborhood Primary Care.