How To Prepare For Another COVID-19 Lockdown
With a second wave of COVID-19 cases sweeping the United States, many Americans are preparing themselves for the possibility of a second lockdown. As of November 16, multiple states including California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin have reimplemented their mandatory mask mandates and sanctions. With lots of uncertainty surrounding the possibility of a COVID-19 serge this flu season, many states would rather play it safe than sorry.
When the pandemic first took its toll on the United States, many people were not sure what to expect. Fear of the unknown left many Americans scrambling to hoard as much toilet paper as possible, rather than logically preparing for what the lockdown would bring. With the possibility of a second lockdown looming in our near future, here are some helpful suggestions for maintaining a healthy, happy lifestyle during quarantine.
Tip 1: Buy, Don’t Hoard
When the pandemic began, grocery stores experienced the most intense influx of bulk-buying customers who were living in fear of not knowing when they would be able to shop for their essential items again. Nationally, grocery stores were depleting rapidly in supply of essential household items such as toilet paper, hand soap, disinfectant wipes, and other cleaning supplies. Many large-scale department stores began limiting sales of certain supplies to a specific amount per customer. When you go out shopping for your necessities, make sure you’re buying enough for yourself while also leaving enough for others. Make sure to remember to sanitize before and after shopping: Clean Buddies™ are individually wrapped, and make it easy to sanitize on the go!
Tip 2: Go for a Daily Walk
A change of scenery is perhaps the most effective way to recover from quarantine cabin fever. Whether you go to a local park or simply walk around your neighborhood, going for a daily walk (perhaps with other members of your household) can help to improve your mood to feel better about returning to a productive household.
Tip 3: Reach out to Friends
Being alone for too long can harm one’s mental health. According to the CDC, U.S. adults have reported considerably elevated mental health issues due to COVID-19 associated morbidity. Socialization is an important factor of our everyday lives. Removing your daily socialization, alone, can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Set aside some time in your day to reach out to a family member or friend.
Tip 4: Keep your space clean!
Mess causes stress. If you are going to spend every day in the same space, make sure it’s clean! Cleanliness promotes happiness and productivity. The pandemic has caused many employees to shift their workspace to their home, which isn’t always an easy transition. If you do have to work from home, it is so much easier to work in a clean, organized environment. Keep some Clean Buddies™ on your desk for quick, easy sanitization.
During these times of confusion and chaos, it is important to remember that not everything can be controlled. Providing yourself with a sense of control and security by securing a clean space, maintaining healthy socialization, and caring for your health will allow you to power through whatever the world throws at you.