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Staying safe and staying healthy in the midst of Novel Coronavirus (COVID19)

By March 26, 2020 Fitness

In view of the worsening Corona virus situation, I would like to use this week’s blog post to explore what impact this is having on people’s health and well-being. Obviously, anything more than a partial list would be beyond the scope of this post, but I hope that you will find it useful

Emotional
If I had to sum up the mood of the people I meet in one word it would be ‘uncertainty’. It goes without saying that this can have a negative impact on people’s wellbeing. Firstly, people are worried about their health and that of their loved ones, especially those of us with elderly or vulnerable relatives.  Secondly, the effect that government measures to combat the spread of Corona are having on the economy is a huge concern for many people. A large number of jobs have already been lost and this trend is likely to continue in the coming weeks and months. Not being able to pay your bills is a constant source of anxiety at the best of times and obviously this unprecedented situation is only making matters worse.

Occupational
Even those who don’t particularly enjoy their jobs would probably admit that they give them a sense of purpose, a reason to get up in morning. To have that suddenly taken way can be a disorientating and unpleasant experience. In a society that values hard work and constant activity, not having anything to do can feel somehow ‘wrong’.

Physical
The importance of physical exercise for well-being can hardly be over emphasised. For many of us, going to gym is a vital outlet for stress and nervous energy. Those who have experienced the endorphin rush after a bout of physical exertion will recognise this. Not being able to have this release will inevitably cause many people stress and anxiety. Again, there is the question of filling the void left by the disappearance of an enjoyable activity.

Social
Perhaps even more distressing for many people is the loss of social contact caused by a period of confinement to the home. Losing physical contact with friends and family can leave people feeling isolated at a time when they most need their support network. Although this can be partially offset by video chat services such as Skype or Facetime, it can still be still a heavy burden to bear.

It’s perfectly understandable that people have got other things on their mind at the moment, but looking after your own physical and mental well-being is more important now than ever. Everyone has a sense of anxiety about the future, but there are things you can do to at least alleviate the worst symptoms.

 

Help is at hand

1) It’s important to maintain regular contact with your friends and family: there are ways of being in contact without the need for physical proximity, for example by using Skype or Facetime.  Active Minds have some great tips.

2) Exercising at home is important for your well-being. There are many videos of workout routines online and you do not need specialised equipment. For simple workouts that you can do in your own home try ‘The Body Coach’ on YouTube. Also some great feeds on the twitter account can be found here. The Body Coach Twitter.

3) Maintaining a regular structure to your day can also help. Set specific times for your household chores, leisure activities and exercise routine to maintain a good sleep routine. Check out Research Sleep on Twitter for more information.

4) Try to get plenty of sleep to boost your immune system and improve your mood. World renowned sleep expert Professor Mathew Walker has written many highly acclaimed books and articles on the subject and is well worth checking out.

5) It’s good to stayed well-informed about what’s going on, but if you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed, it might be a good idea to have a break from the news for a while. With so much contradictory information being bandied around it can sometimes be hard to distinguish fact from speculation or deliberate misinformation. A fact-checking website such as fullfact.org is useful in these situations and they offer a section dedicated to the corona virus. Join them on Twitter for more Full Facts.

6) There are no easy answers to the financial problems that the Corona virus is inevitably causing. Nevertheless Martin Lewis may be able to offer some advice. Follow Martin Lewis on twitter for great expert Hints and Tips here.

7) Finally, if you are experiencing mental health problems,  Mind has a wealth of information and advice on the subject, Follow Mind on twitter, as well as our partners at Blink. The BlinkCampaign. 

OMG Welltech can help navigate you through the highs and lows of health and fitness technology.

Orange Monkey Group supply products for the wellbeing of the body and the mind to numerous channels including retail, health and education. We have made it our goal to improve people’s physical, mental and emotional health, an aim which is even more important to us than the previous heights towards which we have strived. For all too many, feeling good and sleeping well have become something of a luxury. Here at OMG however, we are happy to be able to help our customers enjoy that luxury to the full.

We’re proud to be partnered with the Blink Mental health campaign and we will work hard to support the charity in various ways. It’s an exciting time for us as we get to help those who have been affected by issues that, sadly, any one of us could have the misfortune to experience in our ever more complicated lives.

Clive Norris

 

 

 

 

Written by Clive Norris

OMG Welltech – Manager for Social Happiness

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