COVID-19: Managing Your Overall Health
Make sure you are prioritizing your overall wellness and taking steps to reduce stress and anxiety. Tips to reduce anxiety and stress include trying to keep things in perspective, getting the facts from reliable sources, communicating with your children or family and loved ones, and keeping connected with your support system.
If you need support there are resources available:
Tips to Stay Healthy
Current data shows that individuals with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and lung disease are at higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19. You can help take action to keep your body resilient and healthy:
- Quit smoking and vaping now. Emerging evidence suggests that those who smoke may be at greater risk of developing severe complications from COVID-19. In addition, it is well-established that stopping smoking improves lung function relatively quickly (within a few months,) which reduces susceptibility to respiratory illnesses and improves immune function, along with many other benefits not directly related to COVID-19. Visit www.quitlinenc.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help.
- Keep your diabetes under control. Follow your doctor’s orders for checking your blood sugar and your diet. Also ensure you have adequate supplies of testing equipment and medications on hand. In the event you are sick and unable to eat, keep simple carbs nearby like juice, honey, jam, and hard candies to help keep your blood sugar up. Visit diabetesmanagementnc.com to learn more.
- If you have prediabetes or are at risk of diabetes, visit diabetesfreenc.com or esmmpreventdiabetes.com to find Online programs you can join now to prevent progression to diabetes.
- Exercise in whatever way you can while following social distancing and your local and state government guidance.
- Keep your blood pressure under control by limiting alcohol and sodium intake, maintaining a healthy weight, increasing physical activity, and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables (frozen or canned is fine too, just watch for added sodium or sugar).
- Get a flu vaccine. It is not too late to get a flu shot to protect yourself from the flu.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get plenty of rest.