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Whether you are isolated, or slowly re-entering the public mainstream, there are a few safeguards that can help you maintain your health.
By IU Health Senior Journalist, T.J. Banes, email@example.com
Indiana is beginning to reopen restaurants, businesses, and healthcare centers. On one hand, it’s encouraging. On the other hand, it can stir up some anxiety.
While health experts continue to recommend wearing a face mask in public, washing hands frequently, and social distancing, there are a few other tips that can help Indiana residents safely maintain their health.
Here’s some good news: Time Magazine recently reported some encouraging fitness tracker data – Indiana residents have increased their steps during quarantine by 16 percent. Across the country Americans have increased their steps by about 7%. And while social media is showcasing recipe exchanges and neighbors are sharing homemade breads, the report indicates only 37% of all Americans have gained more than a pound during self-isolation. Around the world, people have turned to such activities as yoga (an increase of 42%), hiking (an increase of 34%), and indoor cycling (an increase of 19%).
Comfort food aside, what are some other feel-good habits that can help maintain good physical and mental health?
May is designated as Mental Health Awareness Month – a time to recognize that mental health is something everyone should acknowledge. Although one in five people experience mental illness during their lifetime, anyone can face challenges that impact their mental health.
As Indiana residents continue to navigate their way through a pandemic, the aftermath and the caution of what’s to come, we should prioritize self-care, said Katie Hake, a metabolic dietitian with the department of medical and molecular genetics at IU Health.
“Mental health is so important, and is not a luxury,” said Hake. “Aim to carve 10-30 minutes out of every day to take care of you. Self-care doesn’t always mean a bubble bath or pedicure. It could simply be quiet time, a walk outside, or a session with your therapist.”
Here are other suggestions from Hake to help maintain physical and mental health:
And above all, if you feel sick, don’t hesitate to call you physician or mental health counselor.