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Staying Physically and Mentally Healthy During a Quarantine

 

Most of us our rounding out several weeks isolated in our home. For some of us, this is just fine. For others, the isolation can be more difficult. On top of this, the information we receive about the virus, employment, school closures, and daily life in general is ever changing.  It can create a sense of confusion and uncertainty that can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, or just feeling low.

Today, we’d like to offer up some resources that you may or may not already know about. They are a good way to stay connected, while staying apart, and keep mentally and physically active. As we’ve touched on before, being engaged/staying active can be very beneficial for mental health

Of course, proper mental health is not a “one size fits all” and I am not at all suggesting such. We want you to know that, although the office is closed, we are still here. We’re happy to connect by phone, text, email, or video chat; whatever is most convenient for you. Yes, there may be a barking dog (or 3) off in the background and yes, we all may still be in our pajamas at 3 o clock, but we will always have time available for our patients.

 

Exercise:

305 Fitness on Utube

Free online yoga classes

Beachbodyondemand for 14 days

Pelaton for 90 days (digital workouts, they offer a lot more than bikes)

 

ART:

The MOMA is offering free courses on fashion, art and photography

Jerry’s Arts-a-Rama, (offers art classes for every skill set)

 

Stay connected:

https://zoom.us (free meetings for up to 40 min)

 

 

Inspiration and Recipes:

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth day, a quote from Rachel Carson, conservationist/ environmentalist pioneer, author of “Silent Spring” (published in 1962).

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth will find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature —  the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.” – Rachel Carson, Silent Spring.

 

Spring is here; if you’ve been in a local market or your garden recently, you’ll have noticed fresh stalks of asparagus.

 

Asparagus officinalis is  a member of the lily family. It comes in a variety of colors. It’s low in calories and is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

 

This delicious asparagus and bacon recipe video provides a tasty break from normal steaming or grilling.

 

Feel free to share your favorite recipe ( of any type) at [email protected] and we will include in our next blog. Let’s stay connected during these days of quarantine!

 

Be safe, & stay healthy,

 

Dr. Mike & Action Medicine team

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