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As public events and conferences are being cancelled or postponed, schools are being closed and online classes are taking the lead, employees are working from home, exercise & yoga classes are being reduced in size or completely cancelled like my yoga studio has done for the next two weeks, etc…There are things we can all do at home to protect ourselves and our families against the Corona virus. See my tips below of things that we’re doing in our home to protect our family from the COVID19 strain of the Corona virus.
Socially distancing yourself (staying at least 6 feet away from others and not going into a crowd of more than 20 people and definitely staying away from anyone who may be sick) is important even if you are healthy and aren’t displaying any symptoms. If you aren’t one of the most affected types of people, elderly or those with compromised immune systems or previous breathing ailments, you could still get the virus if you are exposed. At this time, it’s not about if you will get the virus, but rather, keeping yourself and others healthy and protected. My in-laws are visiting and they are in their late 70’s and early 80’s. They are part of the population that has most been affected by the virus so far and we aren’t taking any chances while they are here with their health. We are, of course, washing our hands more than ever before but, we are also socially distancing ourselves and are doing some other things at home to keep all of our family and anyone else we may come in contact with healthy in the weeks to come.
Some things that we are doing and you should consider doing with your family to stay healthy and happy during the Corona virus pandemic:
- Eating healthy, whole foods like leafy greens, fruits and nuts. We are staying away from sugar, soda’s and candy and making healthy recipes like this delicious Gluten and Dairy Free Chicken and Vegetable Curry I made last year.
- I used to get every virus that came to town before I was diagnosed with Celiac disease eight years ago. At the time of my diagnosis, I began living a very strict gluten free lifestyle and since making this change in my life, I am much healthier and don’t get sick nearly as often as I used to. Read more about what Celiac disease is. If you are Celiac, it doesn’t mean you have a compromised immune system. It’s an autoimmune disease that can be treated by avoiding gluten. Being exposed to gluten will make you sick, but if you are sticking to your gluten free lifestyle and taking care of yourself like I talk about below, you aren’t more likely to get this virus over someone else who doesn’t have Celiac disease.
- Getting plenty of rest. If your mind and body are rested, your body can fight any viruses better. If you have a hard time getting to sleep or staying asleep, consider trying a meditation for sleep like this Guided Sleep Meditation for Healing – Deep Blissful Sleep by the Honest Guys on Youtube. I like the voice in this one and I’m usually asleep pretty quick after putting my ear buds in!
- Taking a probiotic to promote good bacteria every day would be great to start now if you don’t currently take one. The one I take every day is a mild powder that has soothing notes of ginger and chamomile, and delivers prebiotics, 3 billion CFU of probiotics and enzymes to help support optimal digestive function. Having a healthy gut is key to your immunity. Ask any doctor or health coach and they will say this is paramount to keeping your immune system in peak performance. Your microbiome is so important in keeping your gut healthy and having a super charged immune system.
- Increase your vitamin C intake. Vitamin C is water soluble, so you can take more than the recommended daily amount. Did you know that 2,000 mg is the daily recommendation? I always thought 1,000 mg was the daily recommended amount, but recently heard a doctor say that no, it’s 2,000. I have actually increased my daily intake to 4,000 mg. I take two 1,000 mg capsules and drink two 1,0000 mg drinks through out the day.
- Another way to get more vitamin C in that is not only beneficial for your immune system but also to your metabolism, is drinking a cup of hot/warm water with fresh lemon squeezed and steeped in it. Drinking at least 1 cup of warm lemon water first thing in the morning when you get up, flushes your system of toxins, gives your metabolism a boost and gives you an added dose of vitamin C before you even have your first cup of tea or coffee.
- Increase your vitamin D. Taking a D3 is a great way to do this. D3 has vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin K in it. The vitamin A and K help your body absorb the vitamin D. The other way to get natural vitamin D is to get outside. Even during socially distancing times, we can all get outside for a short time (weather permitting, of course) for a short stroll or to do some yard work/gardening. Getting your hands dirty in your garden may be just what the doctor ordered right now!
- Exercise will help you stave off any cabin fever feelings you may start to have after being at home for more than a few days. You can find some exercise videos on Youtube or just get outside to do a run, fast walk or some other heart pumping exercises that will get your heart rate up and get your blood pumping. I plan to keep up my yoga practice over the next few weeks by finding a great yogi to practice with through Youtube that we have access to on our television.
- In addition to taking a probiotic and increasing your vitamin C and vitamin D intake every day, taking a good multi-vitamin is super important. I also use a Netti pod almost every day to keep my sinus’ flushed out and clean. I use it more often if I start to feel stuffy or a sniffle. A Netti pod uses distilled water and salt as a saline to flush out your sinus cavities. It’s a bit weird the first time, but when you get used to it, it’s amazing at keeping you clear and keeping sinus infections at bay.
- If you don’t already have these at home and don’t want to wait in long lines at the drug store or grocery store to get them (this is currently not advised as you will be in close contact to others in long lines and that pretty much defeats the purpose of taking these to protect you and your family if you are surrounded by anyone who may be sick or be infected with the virus unknowingly!), consider placing an order with the driver pick up option outside your local store or even delivered through Target or another store that delivers or can be shipped directly to your home.
- Spring clean your house early this year. I plan on Spring Cleaning and cleaning out cabinets and closets while I have some extra time on my hands. I normally don’t do a deep clean until April as a Spring Cleaning exercise, but why not do it early this year? It’s a great time to change and wash all of your bedding, do deep cleanings of your kitchen and bathrooms. I have been cleaning out for the past few months, since we started packing to move, but I am excited to have a little more time than normal to really do a deep dive. I don’t like clutter and like for everything to have it’s place. This may be a great time for my husband and I to tackle our garage and get it more organized. We can actually park both cars in it currently, but I’d like for it to be better organized. I can’t get to the work bench that I hope to use to do some projects as the weather warms up and we have random stuff here and there. It could a little bit of order. If you have any tips on how to organize a garage effectively, I’d love to hear them!
You may have to stay home now more than ever before, but it can be a great way to have quality time with your family. We are all so busy these days and we rarely have the opportunity to truly slow down. This is a great time to slow down, take care of ourselves and our loved ones. I plan to snuggle our 13 month old twins as much as I possibly can and have some serious heart to heart talks with my husband. We don’t get to have nearly enough heart to heart talks since our twins were born. I also plan to take this time to work on my blog and other online business to create more income for our family. I plan to make delicious meals for my entire family made with wholesome, nutritious ingredients that will nourish us and keep us all healthy. I’m going to suggest that we play more board games, watch a few more movies, read a little more and just truly enjoy our time together. We haven’t ever had this much time together and instead of it being a drag, I plan to make it a magical time filled with moments we will all remember for many years to come. I may throw in a few DIY projects while I’m at it. We recently moved into a new house, so I’ve been busy turning it into our home and making it feel comfortable and cozy.
I hope this Corona virus pandemic gets contained quickly and that we all do our part to not spread it within our communities. I believe that if we all do our part and heed the advice of the CDC, the medical industry and the government (local, state and federal), we will all come out of this healthy and possibly even with stronger bonds and renewed relationships.
I’d love to hear any of your tips or pointers that you are planning to stay ahead of this virus and protect yourself and your family from the Corona virus and any other crazy things that may come our way?! I reply to all comments and would love to hear from you!