COVID-19 Self-Isolation Survival Guide
You are probably used to hearing about COVID-19 by now, with all of the business update emails and news articles being shared on social media. But aside from the constant information and overwhelming chatter on the topic of the coronavirus, it is also a pandemic that we need to take seriously, for the safety of ourselves and others.
As a business solely focused on the health and safety of individuals, First Edition believes that now is as good a time as any to share suggestions and tips on how to keep yourself safe, prepared, and well during these times of self-isolation and quarantine. Not sure what you can do from the comfort of your own home? Don’t know how to improve the safety and wellness of your situation? Here is your COVID-19 self-isolation survival guide that will help you weather any storm that comes your way!
Have a First Aid Kit Handy
Yes, you are at home, but even in the comfort of our own spaces, accidents are known to happen. A hand is placed accidentally on a burner, the knife gets a bit too close to a finger, or an allergic reaction unexpectedly occurs. When these incidents do occur, make sure you have the equipment and essentials to treat and heal them quickly and safely at home. This is especially important right now as the doctor’s office (away from self-isolation) isn’t open for walk-ins. Having a first aid kit in your home means you are prepared NOW to handle anything that could or might happen LATER!
Don’t have a first aid kit? Don’t risk a busy store! Order an Occupational Health and Safety Alberta Regulate First Aid Kit from First Edition and we will have it shipped to your front door (no contact required!). Select the kit that works for your home, and choose from 3 different sizes.
Washing Your Hands
Yes, you have heard it thousands of times, but it can’t be said enough! One of the best ways to keep yourself safe at home and while running essential errands (we still all need groceries!) is to WASH YOUR HANDS! Although many understand this is the best method to reduce the spread of germs, there are an incredible number of people who are unsure of what a proper handwashing actually looks like! Not 100% sure? Take a look at world-famous chef, Gordon Ramsay’s video on how to properly wash your hands!
TIP: Wash your hands the same amount of time that it takes you to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice!
3 Weeks of (Heart-Healthy) Food
When stocking up (NOT to be confused with hoarding – only take what you need!), it is easy to run straight to the canned-food and frozen foods aisle at the grocery store. But what about healthy meals and ingredients? Frozen pizza can only sustain you for so long! One of the best things you can do for yourself and your family in isolation is to create a healthy meal guide and purchase healthy options to keep you fed and satisfied, and your immune system in tip-top standing! Look for heart-healthy food items that will last longer in your home and can be used for a variety of meals, including:
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit (no added sugar)
- Fresh vegetables with long pantry-lives (ex. potatoes, squash, onions, etc.)
- Frozen vegetables (ex. spinach, peas, corn, etc.)
- Frozen fruit (or buy fresh fruit and freeze it yourself!)
- Natural smoothies (no added sugar)
- Oats and grains
- Canned fish or poultry
- Canned beans (without added sugars or flavourings)
- Nut butters
- Protein or granola bars (or buy the ingredients so you can make your own!)
- Soups (low sodium options)
Need some heart-healthy recipe ideas? Take a look at our recipe blog page for some great recipes that you can make with ingredients in your home!
Care for Your Mental Health
When self-isolating at home, the stream of bad news can become overwhelming. The world is in turmoil and many people feel the stress and anxiety of the situation. That is why in times like these, caring for your mental health is critical! Not only does caring for your mental health help your mind and overall mood, but it also helps your heart (read why here!) and health too! Looking for ways to boost your mental health from home? Try the following big or small actions that can make a lasting difference:
- Take a few minutes each day to do something YOU enjoy
- Take a bath
- Meditation and mindfulness exercises
- Exercise (inside or outside)
- If working from home, create a routine and stick to it
- Dance to your favourite songs
- Eat a nutritious meal/snack
- Breathing exercises
- Drink another glass of water
- Read a book
- Do yoga or take time to stretch
- Watch your favourite movie
- Make yourself a cup of tea
- Call or video-chat a friend or family member
- Make a craft or do something creative
For those suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, or any other mental health problems, there are free resources during this time to help! These include:
- CAMH – Resources for Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Alberta Health Services PDF Guide – Coping and Connection for Children and Families During COVID-19
- CDC – Stress and Coping Information
- CDC – Talking with Children About Coronavirus
- Health Link – Call 811 (lines may be busy during this time)
- Emergency Services – Call 911
For further resources and assistance, check out the list of services available on the Alberta Health Services website!
The key to ‘surviving’ this time of self-isolation is to stay hopeful, connect digitally and support those around you, and take the time to care for yourself! Reach out to those who are alone, find the positive in each and every day, and together (separately) we can overcome this!
Stay safe and healthy!