Tips from Dr. Brenda J. Sowter, TVA’s Senior Physician
Practice social distancing.
- When you are out and about, stay at least 6 feet away from others
- If you notice someone coughing or sneezing, stay even further away
- Greet others with a wave while keeping your distance
- Use drive-through windows for banking and picking up medications
This is not the time to be a caregiver for your grandchildren.
- Even if the children are healthy, they may be carriers of illness. Instead, help the parents find other options for childcare.
Practice a healthy lifestyle.
- Get plenty of rest
- Eat nutritious foods
- Make sure you have an adequate supply of your regular medications on hand
- Keep hand sanitizers or wipes close at hand, for frequent use
Make time for exercise.
- Exercise on a regular basis, for physical and mental well-being
- Continue your current exercise program, or start a new one if you have not been exercising
- Avoid exercising beyond your normal capacity
Take up a new activity.
- Discover a new book, hobby or podcast
- Tackle a project you’ve been intending to do
- Challenge yourself to accomplish a goal
Keep in contact with others.
- Don’t let social distancing lead to isolation
- Call, text or email your family and friends on a regular basis
- Make sure to stay in touch with those who live alone