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Managing the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through Walking

With sports facilities and gyms closed as non-essential, many are managing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak through walking. The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the world works for billions of people, including hundreds of millions of Americans. Adapting to social distancing in the name of public health has necessitated changes in many dimensions of our lives. How we shop, how (and where) we eat, how we socialize, and how we keep fit have all been affected. Staying active can be a challenge when so many people are stressed and battling anxiety and depression as a result of the pandemic and social distancing. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends physical activity as a means of reducing stress and maintaining good mental health. Dr. Lanny’s Insoles, creator of shoe inserts for those in need of orthotics, has advice on how people can endure the stay-at-home orders instituted by the overwhelming majority of states and countries.

Fostering Wellness during the COVID-19 Outbreak

The means of maintaining wellness while staying at home are at your fingertips. In 2020, households are better equipped to weather the difficulties of social isolation than at any point in history. 

Social Media:

To be used in moderation, and carefully filtered to be sure that your well-meaning family members aren’t spreading misinformation that could be dangerous to your household’s wellbeing.

Streamed Video:

While a lot of television studios have had their output affected by the shutdown, many YouTube channels and other video sources are putting out bumper levels of content during the pandemic. If you need entertainment for yourself or your children, recipes, ideas for craft or home improvement projects, workout videos, meditation videos to destress, or anything else, you can find it on a video streaming site or app.

Home Delivery:

Between Amazon, Walmart, Target, and eBay, there’s no excuse for running low on the supplies you need (except maybe toilet paper and hand sanitizer). You can get groceries, over-the-counter medication, and essential toiletries delivered no-contact to your door.

Maintaining wellness for your household in the midst of a challenge like this can seem like an incredible burden, but it really breaks down into only two issues: what you put into your body, and what you put your body into.

What you put into your body means food, drink, and media. Make sure that you’re buying enough shelf-stable and frozen groceries for a long haul, to minimize your need to order groceries or venture to the store. Be careful with your portion sizes, and remember that recipe sites exist where you can enter the ingredients you have and it can provide you with a list of healthy potential recipes to make.

Drink in moderation. That goes for soda and other caffeinated drinks, as well as alcohol. Excessive caffeine intake can also exacerbate anxiety. Data suggests an unfortunate number of people are overusing alcohol in response to the pandemic. This is not only bad for mental health but general wellness. Alcohol abuse affects the body’s immunity: the last thing you need during a pandemic.

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