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Support Yourself

Tips for keeping yourself physically and mentally healthy.

Take care of your body

Make sure to have well-balanced meals and consume lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. Try to limit sugar, salt and red meat.

· Drink water and stay hydrated.

· Try to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. You can take a walk or find free online classes with no equipment necessary.

· Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep if possible.

· Drink water and stay hydrated.

· Make sure to not drink too much caffeine. It can lead to anxiety, insomnia, nausea, and headaches.

Do not forget about your mental health

In order to stay calm and not panic you would want to practice mindfulness. Various meditation apps are offering free online services.

· Take short timeouts during the day to recharge and rest your mind.

· Do not forget to stimulate your brain. Read a book, do a puzzle, or paint a picture.

· Work out or take walks outside. Movement will help you to keep a positive mindset.

· Start a gratitude journal. Take notes and acknowledge the little things that make you happy.

· Have conversations with people you trust, talk about how you are feeling. Sharing your thoughts will help you feel less alone.

Shop Wisely

Make sure to only go to grocery stores and pharmacies for necessary products. Keep purchases to only what you need to be sure there’s enough for everyone else.

· Limit contact with groups of people, keep your distance

· While shopping do not forget to wear gloves. Wipe down your cart or basket before using it.

· People who are at higher risk of severe illness should try to get food and medications delivered.

· Avoid touching your face while shopping and wash your hands as soon as you get home

· Go to the grocery store only if you are feeling well and reasonably confident that they have not been exposed to the virus causing COVID-19

· Try to avoid buying junk food, try to stay healthy and help your immune system

Strategies for Work

If you’re able to work from home, maintain a schedule and stick to it.

· Avoid working in bed or on the couch. If possible, create a separate workspace.

· Take walks (while maintaining a social distance) to make up for the steps you usually take to get to and from work.

· If you have children at home, communicate your child-care issues to your supervisor.

· If you aren’t working from home, follow the proper steps for hand-washing, cleaning and disinfecting, and symptom-monitoring.

· If you live with someone who goes into work, ensure they properly wash their hands immediately upon returning home. Disinfect anything they touched before they washed their hands.

· If you’re out of work because of coronavirus, know your options for unemployment and take advantage of local community programs. Call your mortgage, student loan, utility, and credit card providers and let them know your situation.

If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19

· Isolate yourself.

· Wash your hands frequently.

· Observe your symptoms and if they get worse, contact your doctor.

· Use your own bathroom, if possible.

· Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Get rid of tissue and wash your hands.

· Clean and disinfect the surfaces you use.

· Don’t share items such as towels, bedding, dishes with other people in your house.

· Frequently wash your laundry.

· Wear a mask when you have people around in order to protect yourself and others. If you have breathing difficulties while wearing a mask make sure caregivers wear one around you.

· If you don’t have a mask make one from a garment like a scarf.

· Don’t use public transportation such as taxi, subway or bus.

· Make sure you have a household member or friend who will pick up the grocers or prescriptions for you.

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The new coronavirus, or COVID-19, originally surfaced in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, in December 2019.