As the Northern Hemisphere approaches the first winter of the COVID-19 pandemic, we talked with a group of thoughtful people about their strategies for staying safe yet socially engaged. The physical-distance restrictions we've all lived with so far have been mitigated, in part, by easy access to outdoor activities. That will be harder when the darkness and chill of winter arrive. What's your plan?
EAT SMART, MOVE MORE, STAY SOCIAL
During our recent episode on Mental Health and the Pandemic, we asked for strategies from Robin Henderson who offered a three-fold plan for staying safe and engaged this winter: We have to eat healthily; we have to move our bodies, and we have to interact with each other socially. She says digital wellness is more important than ever during this pandemic. And she suggests now may be the time to join an online support group or a book club or class to learn a new skill.
Robin Henderson Psy.D., Chief Executive, Behavioral Health Providence Oregon, Portland, OR
LITTLE MOVEMENTS MATTER
Catherine Stifter tells us we can be moving more at home (and restoring balance and function) by making subtle changes in how we arrange the items we use daily. Having to reach (or bend) for something you use every day will, over time, preserve your range of motion. Small, consistent efforts pay off over time.
Catherine Stifter, Restorative Movement Instructor, Your Movement Project, Nevada City, CA
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