Many states are reopening parts of their economy and lifting the restrictions in place for the past few months. That being said, social distancing is still encouraged (and even enforced) in many places.
When we practice social distancing, we’re doing our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. As hard as it may be to stay at least six feet apart from anyone who doesn’t live in our home, we know just how important it is to keep us all safe and healthy.
What is social distancing?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share all kinds of information about the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, quarantine, and much more.
They explain that keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and slowing the spread locally and across the country and world.
To follow their guidelines:
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Do not gather in groups.
- Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
But while you practice social distancing, you may notice you are experiencing new physical and mental health challenges. During unprecedented times, it’s understandable that physical and mental health may suffer.
Today we’re going to share practical tips for staying safe and healthy while social distancing.
We’ll focus on your mental AND physical health to ensure you’re covering all your bases.
Dealing with fear and anxiety
You might be facing mental health challenges like increased fear and anxiety surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. If a person coughs, it could send you into a tailspin of dread and worry about catching the virus.
So, what can you do to manage these feelings?
One way to manage your fear and anxiety is by following the guidelines for slowing the spread of COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The best way to prevent this illness is by avoiding exposure to it. But we know that’s not always possible because life still has to go on in many ways.
To ease your mind that you’re doing what you can to stay safe, follow these steps while you’re social distancing:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after sneezing, coughing, eating, or touching common surfaces.
- If hand washing isn’t an option, use a hand sanitizer that’s at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Wear a cloth face cover when you go out in public. The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. There are plenty of cases of asymptomatic COVID infections. When we wear masks in public, we help protect those around us from an infection we may not even know we have!
We know that, along with social distancing, these steps are an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Give yourself the peace of mind that you’re following these measures and notice the effect it has on your fear and anxiety.
Keep this in mind too: you’re not alone. Many people are anxious about everything going on in the world. Yes, it probably WILL be okay, but maybe you don’t always feel that way. Are you experiencing shortness of breath from stress, maybe dizziness, or just nervous energy and feeling stir crazy?
We can help!
Restore Health Urgent Care partners with Urgent Couch to provide relief through a combination of holistic and medicine-based approaches. We can help calm your nerves and give you the confidence to operate and do the things you need to do in the current stressful environment. We are utilizing the proven Urgent Couch treatment protocols to help you today. Call us for help with your anxiety at (321) 312-4580, Option 4.
We also offer more tips for dealing with anxiety during COVID-19 in this blog post.
If you’re working from home, your social contact may be extremely limited. This is especially true if you don’t live with friends and family. While it may be difficult to stay connected in the ways we’re used to, there are still ways to connect with those we love while we’re practicing social distancing.
As popular as social media was before, it has proved to be an incredibly powerful tool for coping during this pandemic. It has given people a way to connect with friends and family, even when they can’t physically be together.
If you feel like you’re craving connection, but in-person visits aren’t an option, try scheduling regular video chats or even phone calls with friends and family. Use these calls as an opportunity to open up about how you’re feeling. Setting up a schedule for these calls can give you a sense of structure and something to look forward to.
Keeping busy and physically active
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during social distancing and even quarantine is entirely possible! Sure, you might need to get creative, but it can certainly be done.
And physical activity is an incredible tool for managing our fear and anxiety. It’s also a great way to boost your immune system, along with countless other benefits.
Here are some creative ways to stay physically fit and active:
- Join a virtual challenge with online workouts and support.
- Find an accountability partner and perform regular check-ins.
- Use products around your house (a milk jug, a container of laundry detergent, a bag of water softener) as weights if you don’t have gym equipment.
COVID-19 Antibodies Testing
Another tool for managing fear and anxiety and staying safe and healthy while social distancing is receiving a COVID-19 antibodies test.
An antibodies test is a blood test that helps determine if you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and may have developed an immunity. Understandably, if you find out you have immunity to COVID-19, this can ease a lot of your concern about contracting it.
Restore Health Urgent Care is pleased to now offer COVID-19 antibodies testing.
With insurance, the TEST IS FREE with an office visit. During the office visit, we make sure you don’t have a fever or other signs of current infection and check your overall health. Then, we run the test.
If you don’t have insurance, you can still take the test. We charge an office visit to make sure you are qualified for the test. The test will be billed to you by Quest with a current price of $55.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, the antibodies test isn’t appropriate to confirm this. So, if you DO have symptoms of COVID-19, please call us at (321) 312-4580, ext. 4. We’ll talk to you about your symptoms and help you get tested for COVID-19.
Don’t forget, Restore Health Urgent Care is here for you! Would you like to arrange a telemedicine visit for a non-life-threatening illness or injury (or mental health support)? Call us at (321) 312-4580 and press 4.