General COVID-19 Information & Updates
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COVID-19 Vaccine: What Parents Need to Know
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Working From Home Best Practices
During this period of recommended social distancing, many of us have found ourselves working from home, schooling from home, or just being home more often because of the current public health emergency. Spending more time at home makes it easy to break out of our normal daily routine. Snacks and meals are easier to reach, and the opportunity for some physical activity may be limited. Having your kids around more than usual may also feel different and could be stressful.
In light of National Nutrition Month during these difficult times, here are some tips for eating well, and remaining healthy and relaxed while spending more time at home:
Plan a schedule for your meals: Try to stick to an eating schedule which is as close as possible to what you have during your normal day. For example, still maintain breakfast at 9am, lunch at 1pm, and a small snack in between if necessary.
Buy healthy foods and snacks: While food shopping, it might be tempting to buy a lot of sugary or high fat snacks and sugary drinks to nibble on at home. While these may be emotionally comforting, they may have a negative effect on your health goals. Making a shopping list can help ensure that you have added healthy food options like fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, beans and nuts, that can be prepared to last through the week. Of course, it’s fine to treat yourself to a favorite snack once in a while.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: At home, set a reminder to drink water as often as possible. Drinking about 64 ounces ( 8 glasses) of water a day will keep you hydrated and energized to push through the workday. Try keeping a reusable water bottle around as a reminder.
Take your breaks: It is important to set time aside to take short 15-minute breaks and a lunch break because it’s easy to get wrapped up in your work and unintentionally miss your meals. Taking breaks will give you time to clear your head, grab a bite, check in with your family, and renew your energy to get through the rest of the workday. Breaks are great for your mental and emotional health!
Get active: It’s important to maintain an active lifestyle and if you haven't begun an active lifestyle it's a great time to start. In place of a morning commute, you could take a walk or try out a YouTube workout video with your family. During your breaks, you can walk around your home, or dance along to your favorite upbeat song.
Self-Care: Social isolation while at home can be difficult, especially if you live alone. However, social distancing and social isolation do not need to exist together. Although we should be physically apart, we can still connect with each other. Give your friends, family and neighbors a call, check in on them, catch up on your home-based adventures, discuss your worries and help to keep each other calm.
It’s also a good idea to call 888-NYC-WELL or text WELL to 65173 to connect with free and confidential mental health and substance use support. You could also try out free meditation apps, listen to calming music, take quick warm showers, journal your thoughts and feelings, fit in some exercise, and get dressed as you would on any other day. Try your best to remain calm and make the best of your time.
Don’t forget our children and elderly loved ones can benefit from these tips too. Try implementing these changes as a family and sharing with others. Stay safe and be well!