Tips for Staying Healthy
Some members started vacationing with us more than 30 years ago, and have stayed with us ever since. You are more than members; you are part of our family. Nothing is more important to us than your health, safety, and well-being. Therefore, we feel it’s necessary to provide you with some helpful tips to guide yourself and your loved ones through these difficult times.
The past few weeks have been very stressful for everyone around the world and there has been an unprecedented increase in mental tension, anxiety, and fear. Stress has been shown to be bad for our mental health, which is an essential part of our overall health and well-being.
Signs of stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
- Fear about the future
- Worry about your health and the health of your friends and family
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty sleeping
- Scattered thoughts
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
It is no wonder why so many people are feeling stressed with all the hard-hitting news stories flooding our awareness along with a tide of uncertainty about what the future holds. It can be overwhelming and that is why you need to find ways to relax, de-stress and help yourself and others navigate through these trying times.
Here is a list of tips to help you:
- Meditate regularly to reduce stress and anxiety. Meditation is proven to have profound health benefits including lowering your heart rate, releasing muscle tension and slowing your mind traffic.
- Check-in regularly with your friends and family while still practicing social distancing (FaceTime/video chat, texting, private messaging, social media, phone calls).
- Take regular and lengthy breaks from listening to or reading the news, which can drag you into negativity and worst-case scenario thinking.
- Make sure you eat well. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. If you feel a loss of appetite, it is still important to get your daily required intake of calories. If you don’t feel like eating a huge meal, snack regularly throughout the day.
- Get some exercise. If it isn’t safe in your area to go out for walks, try jogging on the spot, doing jumping jacks, squat jumps or burpees.
- Pursue your hobbies. Paint, draw, sketch, sing, whatever it is you enjoy doing, take some time out to do it. It will help clear your mind.
- Talk about how you feel. Make sure you let others know if you are feeling bad and share your concerns with someone you trust.
- Sleep. Make sure you get plenty of rest. Everything seems worse when we are tired and don’t get enough sleep.
- Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several consecutive days.
Be sure to encourage others to follow all of these habits so that they also remain healthy and safe during these troubling times.
Please know that we are here with you, thinking of you, and wishing you well as always!