COVID-19 has upended all of our lives in some way or another. Shelter-in-place orders have created a lot of uncertainty, and being homebound is throwing a lot of old routines out the window.
But while today’s “new normal” looks a lot different than it did a few months ago, one thing hasn’t changed: the need to keep you and your family safe and healthy. And even though you’re stuck at home, there are plenty of things you can do to put a new spin on old habits and be prepared for when the world opens up once more.
Stay Fit, Active and Strong
Staying fit and active is one of the best things you can focus on right now. Yes, gyms and workout centers may be closed, but your home and neighborhood can supply alternatives to your usual workout.
- Go for a walk, jog, bike ride or hike every day. Even just 30 minutes of movement will do your body – and your mind – a lot of good. Go solo to clear your head or make it a family activity.
- Find a way to do some strength training. Pushups, sit-ups, planks, lunges and squats are all easy enough to do in or around your house. Or get creative and lift jugs of water, small furniture or even your children.
- Make it a routine. For some people the hardest part about quarantine is the interruption of routines. Simply create a new one that will work for now.
If you live alone, think about doing a virtual challenge with a group of friends or distant family members. This way, you stay motivated and have a chance to check-in regularly with people you care about.
Make Healthy Choices
At the beginning of the pandemic, there were plenty of jokes about endless napping, TV watching and snacking. Now that we’re a few weeks in, it’s time to resume making the healthy choices you would normally make.
- East sensibly and don’t load up on junk food, sodas or alcohol.
- Drink lots of water.
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after any necessary errands.
Stay Calm and Reduce Anxiety
There are a lot of uncertainties right now, and that can understandably cause a lot of anxiety. But it’s important to cope with stress, for two main reasons:
- Children pick up on anxiety. If you have kids, even if you think you’re hiding your stress well, they’re going to pick up on it. Worse, they won’t understand what they’re feeling, only that it feels bad.
- It affects your health. Stress can cause increased heart rate, high blood pressure, shallow breathing and difficulty sleeping.
Carve out time for anxiety-reducing activities, whether it’s taking a walk, reading a book or using a meditation app on your smartphone.
Create a Family Emergency Plan
This is usually one of those things you know you should have but never got around to do it. Well, there’s no time like the present! Involve the family in a planning session and talk about escape routes, meeting places, contact info, pets and other details in case of an emergency.
Tune Up Your Self Defense
With time on your hands, this is the ideal opportunity to make sure your TASER device is in good working order and you feel confident with it.
- Practice firing your device
- Brush up skills
- Perform a Spark Test to ensure your device is working properly
- Order replacement cartridges
- Visit our online training center for videos and refreshers on using your device
One day soon, we’ll all be back to our regularly scheduled lives. In the meantime, use these tips to keep yourself and your family healthy, safe and strong.
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