Changing your daily habits

As COVID-19 continues to impact Arizona communities, we are faced with new challenges that are keeping us from going to work, school, the gym and social gatherings. Many of us are adapting to a new reality of staying inside and distancing ourselves from other people. During this ever-changing time, it’s important to stay positive and adjust your habits so that you and others can remain healthy.

Below are six ways to modify your lifestyle so that you are practicing healthy habits.

1. Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 seconds is the minimum amount of time to thoroughly clean your hands. Use soap and water while singing the full happy birthday song twice.

2. Avoid touching your face

Many of us don’t realize how often we touch our face, but with the COVID-19 outbreak, try to avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth. 

3. Create an at-home daily routine

As the government urges people to stay home due to the spread COVID-19, it’s important to create a daily routine so you can continue to be productive.

  • Change out of your pajamas and into different clothes.
  • Create a workspace in your home.
  • Determine a schedule for your work hours, including lunch and snack breaks.

    4. Exercise from home

    Make a solid at-home workout routine by doing burpees, pushups and squats. Search the internet for quick 30-minute workouts – there are many free videos available. A great tip is to use household appliances such as canned foods or filled water bottles as make-shift weights!

    5. Limit your media exposure

    Constantly checking your phone and browsing the web for updates about COVID-19 does not help with anxiety levels. Set aside 30 minutes a day to check the news – just don’t let it take over your entire day. 

    6. Keep in touch with loved ones

    Make sure you are finding time to interact with loved ones and friends. Go out of your way to call them on the phone or video chat. Come up with creative ways to stay connected, such as having a virtual game night with friends. 

    If you are an older adult or have high risk factors for COVID-19, it is important that you stay inside. Make sure you have enough essentials such as groceries, household items and medications on hand, and that you know how to order more either online or by making a phone call. It is also important to be in phone contact with a family member or friend so if you need more food or household items, you have someone who is able to pick them up for you. 

    Just remember that your choices can affect not only your health, but also the health of those around you. With practice, awareness and determination, we will all be able to modify your habits and keep our Arizona communities healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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