With the announcement of a national state of emergency and worldwide pandemic, we are in store for a situation that none of us has ever lived through. I suspect that our day to day lives are about to change in significant ways. I encourage you not to panic.
It is natural to be concerned or worried at this time, but excessive fear and worry does not serve you. If you are feeling worried, I encourage you to acknowledge those feelings and take steps to regain a sense of control.
Some strategies you may find helpful are meditation, journalling or connecting with family and friends (by phone or video chat). Working with a counselor, therapist or other mental health professional is another option. If you have been keeping up with the news and or social media, this might be a good time to take a break. While it can feel important to stay informed, you may actually find that checking in once a day is enough. Focus on the things that are in your control – your own mindset, your actions and how you choose to spend this time.
There are measures you can take to keep yourself and your family healthy.
- Social distancing
- Frequent hand washing for 20 seconds with a gentle hand soap.
- Antibacterial soap is not needed and can be hard on skin.
- Use hand sanitizer only when out and nothing else is available. This too can be hard on skin.
- Use a gentle hand cream or lotion to keep hands moisturized as frequent washing will dry skin.
- Rest and sleep
- Healthy diet
- Supplementation can be helpful for supporting your immune system. Please be cautious about reading online and utilizing immune treatments that are generalized. When I put together a treatment plan for you, it is individualized to account for your medical history and situation.
If you have symptoms of cough or fever, I am unable to see you in the office until you are symptom free for 14 days. I hope to announce additional treatment options very soon.
If you need any support, please contact my office at 503-691-0901. My staff and I are here to support you and will do our best – staying in communication with us is the best way that we can help you.