Maintaining A Healthy Lifestyle During Lockdown

It’s understandable that by now, many people are beginning to get a touch of cabin fever due to the COVID-19 related restrictions imposed on them. It’s become a theme of many a meme that house confined to their homes are tending to overindulge. In comfort food and in alcohol – and becoming a bit more sedentary in their habits without regular attendance at the gym – or at least getting out into the open air for some cardio-intensive exercise. It is also resulting in mental issues that are becoming increasingly common.

However, it is actually possible to enjoy a healthy lifestyle during the lockdown. It does require a little discipline, and in some cases, planning, but there are some simple steps that anyone can take to ensure that they emerge back into society once the restrictions have been lifted looking and feeling great.

Firstly, there is mental health – which influences our sometimes self-destructive behavior during this increasingly stressful time. The first step towards a better mental state is recognizing the warning signs that stress is affecting you. Those signs can include irritability, sleeplessness, lack of interest in usual pastimes, overeating, and increased alcohol consumption. One of the coping mechanisms is to accept what we can control and what we cannot. Strive for a balance between work and family time. It is extremely easy to focus exclusively on work – it provides us with a sense of certainty – but too much focus is unhealthy. If you have a garden spend some time out of doors – the clam of nature can help to relieve the symptoms of stress. Set a schedule and stick to it; there is immense comfort in routine – and it allows you to achieve that balance.

Set aside some face time with friends. A sense of being cared helps a lot with relieving stress. Laughter with those you care about and who care for you really is the best medicine – even if it is shared on a screen.

Be mindful. Be aware of your anger and irritability. Spend a few minutes exploring them in a quiet space and experiencing the physical symptoms of anger and loss of control. Clench your fists, frown, tense your muscles. Recognize those symptoms and slowly release them. Treat yourself with compassion and understanding – repeat ‘this too shall pass’. Keep that in mind at all times.

The next step is recognizing that some of our unhealthy habits are coping mechanisms – they provide us with a sense of comfort. Overeating or eating unhealthy foods provides our bodies and minds with the impression that we are both in control – and that there is ample nourishment available. It is a deep-seated need that is being addressed.

Set up a diet plan that involves healthy food. And set aside some time to cook. It is a great source of comfort – and routine. It allows us to exercise creativity and feel satisfaction even amid uncertainty. The bonus is that your body will thank you for it. It is easy to give in to the lure of fast food delivery; by setting a menu (and using perishable ingredients), you are forcing yourself to be healthy. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. You’ll know when you are straying from the path and indulging in behavior that is unusual – it’s a coping mechanism that only offers very short term benefits and results in long term damage.

Get some exercise indoors. There are many instructional videos and trainers that are helping many people stay fit during the lockdown. There are some great free options on Youtube, for instance. Or you can pay a little and get one-on-one coaching and help with motivation. You can also spend around $100 and get all the equipment you need to stay healthy at home (check out the web for a list). A healthy body and a regular bout of exercise can help you deal with the effects of stress.

Be proactive, and you will emerge from the lockdown feeling wonderful. You would have scaled that mountain that many of us are facing – and you will feel better for overcoming the challenge.

Ensuring School Safety During A Pandemic

Sending a child to school during a pandemic can be one of the most stressful situations that any parent has to go through. While the rates of serious illness among children have remained quite low, they always risk bringing it home to those they love. Fortunately, as schools begin to open, some things can be done to greatly reduce the risks of your child becoming ill and spreading the virus. Here you will learn about some of the best ways to achieve this goal.

One of the most important things you can do is teach your child how to wear a mask properly. This is likely to be difficult at first as children are known to have difficulty with them. They tend to touch their mouth and face without thinking about the consequences as well. It is best to have them train at home where you can supervise them to be sure that they know how to handle themselves at school.

When you see them touching their eyes, nose, or mouth, be sure to explain to them why they should not do that in a way that is appropriate for their age. With repeat reminders, they likely will be able to learn new behaviors. It is also a good idea to give them a reward if they are able to properly wear the mask for an extended period of time. This will reinforce the positive behaviors that you want them to exhibit.

You can also learn about what products your child will be allowed to bring to school with them. Every school takes it’s own safety measures, but due to the virus’s seriousness, many have changed their policies. For example, many schools had banned the use of hand sanitizer for elementary students, but have since repealed that in light of the situation. You may also be able to send your child to school with sanitizing wipes that they can either keep at their desk or provide their teacher with. Be sure that if you send such materials to school with a younger child, they fully understand the hazards and know how to properly use them to keep the possibility of catching the virus as low as possible.

It is critically important also to take the time to teach your child just how important it is to regularly wash their hands and the best way to do so. Children can have short attention spans, so even if a teacher reminds them to wash them, they may not take the time to do so properly. You can teach a child to wash their hands for an appropriate amount of time by having them sing a song while they do so.

It would help if you also showed them the proper technique, such as getting between their fingers, under their fingernails and lathering above the wrist. Proper handwashing is one of the easiest things that can be done to help reduce the spread of the virus. Again, explaining to your child in an age-appropriate manner why this is so important can also help to go a long way.

There is nothing fun about living through a pandemic, but it is important that many generations before had done so and had far fewer tools and knowledge at their disposal. By taking the right precautions, it can be possible to safely open schools so that children can have the best learning experience possible. Use the above tips as well as recommendations from the CDC to feel as confident as possible about the transition for you and your child.

New Site For Brooks County Museum

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you! Brooks County Museum is on a new website. And a new era for this museum has begun. An era where we will explore the very boundaries of what a museum actually is.

Hopefully that got your attention. If not, let me repeat; we will be exploring the boundaries of what a museum is.

This is a very exciting time for us. And we hope you will be joining us for the ride of a lifetime. Actually, that is something we’ll be adding to our collection early next year.

Either way, whether in the one of our newest collections or here on the website, you will be very welcome on our journey to the future. There is a lot to do.