Staying productive is more important than ever during this time.
So, many are currently having to stay at home during this time due to COVID-19, or Corona Virus. We have all had to restructure our lives in order to stay safe. One of the most important things that we do not need to lose out on is our own health. Right now is a time that if we decrease our activity too much, we will struggle when we are able to get out and about after restrictions are lifted. If all you are doing is walking inside of your apartment or home, then later you may find walking through a grocery store, or out in a community setting will be very difficult for you as your body has become de-conditioned. So I have put together some tips on what can be done to physically weather this time, and come out strong and ready to get back to living your life like before COVID-19 turned everything up-side-down.
Increase Activity: I recommend that you walk in your home, or outside, for a set time. Start off slow at maybe just 10 minutes and gradually work up to 15-20 minutes non-stop. If that becomes easy, then walk twice a day. You could do your normal 15-20 minutes on the first walk, and then maybe a 10 minute walk in the afternoon, slowly increasing your time.
Exercise: Exercises can be made to be easy. Some exercises are perfectly fine with staying seated. I recommend that you do an exercise during every commercial break that comes on TV. Don’t count the reps, just do the exercises for the duration of the entire commercial. You can pump feet up and down, kick your legs, march in place, and squeeze your muscles in your bottom. Again, don’t keep track of reps, just do the activity during a commercial break. For some of you that don’t watch TV, but read. Do the same exercises after each chapter in your book.
Keep up a daily routine: It has been my experience that if you get up and get ready for the day such as fixing your hair, getting regular clothes on etc… has a positive effect on how we feel that day. Also, if you are capable or were do home chores, try and continue that. Being productive, even by simply getting dressed, means you have accomplished something for the day.
Stay positive: This won’t last forever, and everyone is trying to get back to normal. If you are having a hard time, then get in contact with you healthcare team and we would be more than happy to visit with you on finding ways to help you.
Everyone is being missed, and we know it’s hard. Stay productive and remember, if all you accomplish is getting dressed or making your bed, then you have succeeded in doing something positive for the day. Build on that. Take care, and God Bless.