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The spread of the novel coronavirus has impacted all of our lives. It has drastically changed our everyday routine. With schools and businesses closing, these are truly unprecedented times in history. Humans were already spending close to 90% of their time indoors, but now it sometimes feels like that’s all we do. Staying inside and binge-watching your favorite TV show can only last so long before you start to feel sluggish, bored, or even a bit miserable. The uncertainty of the future prevents us from knowing exactly when we will be able to resume our normal lives again.

At Van’s Chem-Dry, we care for your health and safety at this time. Rather than having every day feel the same, we want to share with you some tips you can follow to help protect your health and wellbeing during this time.

Exercise

Even with the gym closed there is no excuse to forfeit daily exercise. Many benefits come from regular exercise that you can get from your own home. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body. This helps improve your mental health and mood. So the next time you’re feeling a little tired of being inside, go outside for a little walk or jog for some fresh air (while maintaining proper social distance).

If you prefer to not leave the house at all, many apps have made their home workout programs free. Check them out here.

Wash Your Hands

Even when you’re inside all day, still wash your hands often. Without a vaccine yet, this is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. When soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer. Refrain from touching your face (Did you know that people touch their faces more than 16 times an hour?). When you wash your hands be sure to scrub for at least 20 seconds, or the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice. Don’t forget between your fingers, backs of your hands and under fingernails too. Wash those hands multiple times a day, especially after you have touched a high-touch surface.

Have a favorite artist or song? One way you could implement correct handwashing in your home is to generate these fun hand washing infographics. You can even write your own lyrics to wash your hands to! Print them out and stick them by every sink for better hand washing habits and a healthier home.

Maintain A Healthy Diet

You don’t have to follow a strict plan, just try your best to follow a healthy balanced diet. Eating healthy foods is another vital factor in maintaining a strong immune system. Being home all day makes junk food and other sweets more readily accessible, but don’t forget those veggies and fruits! Citrus fruits, red bell peppers, and broccoli are excellent foods that can boost your immune system. The next time your sweet tooth takes over, try these healthy and delicious alternatives. Be sure that you also hydrate with plenty of water.

Get Enough Sleep

Ensure that you are getting the right amount of sleep every night. Depriving your body of sleep can cause many ramifications for your psychological and physical health. Most adults should aim to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Children and teenagers should strive to get even more. Sleep is a powerful healing mechanism for the body and its benefits are becoming more understood by physicians and scientists. Try not to stare at your phone before you sleep as this can prevent your body from producing sufficient melatonin for deeper and better sleep. Read here for the top ten benefits you can get from a good night’s sleep.

Manage Stress

Social distancing and lockdown measures can create a lot of unhealthy stress with an uncertain future ahead. Besides implementing the tips above, try to make time to focus on hobbies or other interests. Yoga and meditation also prove to be very effective. Utilize technology to virtually connect with relatives or other close friends. Start those home improvement projects that you’ve always wanted to start but haven’t due to time constraints. Monitor the amount of news and other media you consume as this tends to be a common cause of increasing stress.

Focus on what you feed your mind. Read inspiring books and consume other positive material. Step outside for a moment to get some fresh air. By making an effort to manage stress, your attitude and behavior can help others be freed from their stress as well. Reach out to a professional for help if your stress is ongoing and unchanging.

Keep Your Home Clean

Now more than ever it’s very important to keep your home as clean as possible. Germs can hide in your home on all sorts of surfaces like countertops, desks, doorknobs and even your floors. Strive to clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces daily. With the spread of COVID-19, Van’s Chem-Dry is committed to making your home a cleaner and healthier place. We apply a sanitizer to carpets that eliminates 89% of airborne bacteria and 98% of allergens. It also removes 98.6% of bacteria from tile surfaces with our tile and grout cleaning service. We extract and clean what you can’t to help make your home the healthiest that it can be. Take the first step in strengthening your home or business with our professional cleaning services. Request an appointment with us today!

We hope these tips will help keep you and your family safe and healthy during lockdown. Check out our blog every month for new tips, tricks, and ideas on how to make your home the best it can be.