Thanks to the Coronavirus, most of us are (understandably) stressed out. It was only a week ago when we were still out meeting friends for coffee, heading to work, and doing whatever without much worry. Unfortunately, isn’t that how these things work?
We can’t predict tomorrow, which is why we can’t take today for granted. Although these types of things can make us feel hopeless, we’re not powerless. Here are some things we can do to fight against coronavirus and help those who are struggling in our community.
Take Self Care Up A Notch
This is less about jade rollers and more about doing what we can to stay healthy and strong. Besides avoiding crowds and washing our hands, there are a number of things that can have a positive impact on our immune system.
It’s not always easy, but having a solid diet that’s high in fruits and vegetables can make a huge difference in our overall health. Colorful produce like blueberries and kale are high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and other minerals that help our bodies efficiently ward off disease.
While I won’t preach about the benefits of a plant-based diet, there is something to be said about avoiding processed foods, as well as limiting meat and sugar. I don’t believe in using supplements to cover a crappy diet, but I’m a big fan of things like Apple Cider Vinegar (promotes a healthy gut), and taking things like Elderberry. I’ve also been known to slug Buckleys, a really gnarly cough medicine that reminds me of Turpentine. It won’t save you from Coronavirus, but it’s helped me through the flu and colds where I’ve had trouble coughing up phlegm.
I was literally at the gym when it was announced that Cuomo had restaurants, concert venues, casinos, and gyms suspend operations. Given the current circumstance, the decision made sense. However, being physically active is a good thing.
Exercise not only helps relieve stress, but boosts your immune system. And thanks to the power of Youtube, there are a ton of fitness programs that you can do at home. I did this one this week. Kicked my butt!
I’ve also been snagging my boyfriend’s jump rope. If you think the activity is just for kids, think again. Jumping rope has major benefits, like burning calories and improving your cardiovascular endurance. Making time to exercise will also help you sleep, which is essential for your body to repair and heal itself.
Support Local From Home
One of the unfortunate aspects of the Corona epidemic is how it’s impacting us economically. Besides people being laid off from their jobs, small restaurants and shops are at risk of staying closed even after the epidemic passes.
According to an article on NPR, small businesses (those with less than 500 employees) have only a month in cash reserves. This means they have a very limited time where they can afford to stay closed. While some local shops and restaurants may be eligible for loans, I think it’s bullshit that people have to take on debt just to stay afloat.
How You Can Help
Although you can’t visit your favorite restaurant or boutiques, you can still help them by shopping online. No, it’s not the same thrill as eating in house or browsing isles, but it can help your local haunts make their ends meet.
Also, it allows you to still take part of things while being safe. I’m low on my favorite facial serum from Hudson Naturals, so I’ll be ordering from them shortly. As for restaurants, you can purchase gift cards and lots of them are open for pick-up or delivery.
If you have any tips on how you’re dealing with the Coronavirus, let me know in the comments. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
Hudson Valley based writer.