If we’ve learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that health is of the utmost importance. As we found ourselves isolated to our homes through lockdown, we’ve grown to appreciate our loved ones even more, and we want to do whatever we can for their well-being. Here are some ways to make sure your family is doing the most to benefit their health for the long term.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many doctor’s offices to close their doors to routine sick visits and even annual physicals. This led to an overwhelming presence of telemedicine by healthcare providers. Patients immediately saw the benefits of virtual visits, able to accommodate around the schedule of any family member. This has helped general practitioners to offer assessment on an illness, and even therapists to conduct one-on-one sessions from afar. Many insurers worked to get policyholders to access these virtual visits. Some have found this easier than commuting to their doctor’s offices for an appointment.
The importance of self-care cannot be stressed enough, as we learned that overall health is more than just blood tests and the number on the scale. It’s about care for mind, body, and soul. Self-care means taking time to relax and reflect, taking yourself away from work and the stress of the day to absorb the day in an effective way. For some people, this can be taking a warm bath. For others, it can be having a conversation with friends. The only way to properly care for oneself is to do what makes you feel good and healthier after times of stress. Having this time to yourself allows you to not only practice self-compassion but provide compassion to those around you.
Sometimes we find ourselves eating whatever we want and wanting to just hang out on the couch and watch TV. While the occasional ice cream sundae and Netflix binge could actually be how someone would practice self-care, it’s important for you and your family members to maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine. Opt for a diet that’s high in protein and low in fatty carbohydrates. More complex carbs that are high in fiber are recommended to help boost energy and maintain better digestion. While you don’t have to sign up for a marathon, regular cardio workouts at least 3-5 times a week along with some occasional strength training will help provide some balance.
The pandemic taught us the importance of mental health and peace of mind. Seeing a therapist doesn’t have to be limited to just adults. Adolescents and children should also consider addressing any stressors. Don’t hesitate to look up “Baltimore child therapy” if you’re in Maryland, to find a licensed therapist that specializes in child development and breaking down mental health stigma for younger people. Counselors can address behaviors and stress during in-person sessions, or even through telemedicine. There are also group therapy and other treatment options available that can accommodate new patients or even patients seeking a change in their therapy treatments.
It can take a lot to make sure your own home is running on all cylinders. However, a good way to truly take care of the overall health of everyone in your family is to enjoy them. Take the time to soak in those little moments. Whether it’s a laugh together while watching a movie or just playing in the backyard, allow for as much time to bring as much joy for you and everyone you love. You’ll get a few hours of sleep enjoying life and laughing then you will taking extra time to focus on medication. Enjoy life to the fullest.