All around the world, Lions are stepping up to safely serve their communities as the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continues to impact the lives of millions. If there were ever a time that demonstrated how much Lions are needed, that time is now.
You matter. Without Lions, many people would not get the help they need to survive and thrive during this pandemic.
But while you’re caring for and serving others, don’t neglect your own physical and mental well-being. You won’t be able to help your neighbors, or your community, if you don’t take care of yourself. So here are five ways for you to practice self-care and stay healthy:
- Focus on your physical health
You probably know by now that you should wash your hands frequently throughout the day, avoid touching your face and cover your mouth if you sneeze or cough. It’s also important to get some exercise, especially since many workout facilities are closed. Slip on your sneakers and take a brisk walk. The fresh air will do you good! Dust off those workout videos and take time to stretch during the day. Exercise is a great way to boost your immune system and energy level.
- Eat healthy
While you’re sheltering at home, it’s easy to overeat, especially unhealthy snacks. There are many reasons for this—boredom, stress and the fact that your refrigerator is just a few steps away. Take this time to try out some new, healthy recipes, and keep plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on hand. Eating nutritiously will go a long way toward maintaining your health.
- Your mental health is just as important
Because we’re social creatures, social distancing can be difficult for many of us, especially for those who live alone. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Find a pen pal. Set up a video chat with friends online. Stay in touch with neighbors through emails, texts, or phone calls. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. There are many ways to keep in touch with others.
- Set a routine and time to recharge
Having everyone home at the same time can be chaotic as we figure out how to work remotely, take classes from home and balance family time. It’s important to find and stick to a routine that works for your family. It is also important to take some time out of each day to recharge so you’re rested and ready to face the next day’s challenges.
- Take a break from the news
It might help to minimize the time you spend watching, reading or listening to news about COVID-19. A constant barrage of bad news can make you feel anxious or depressed. Try to get information from trusted sources like the World Health Organization (WHO), and take practical steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.
You are vital to your family, to your Lions family, to your community and to this organization. You are the heart and soul of Lions International, and we care about you and your well-being. So take care of yourself, stay healthy, and together, we’ll get through the storm.