In the midst of COVID-19, National Women’s Month is a timely reminder to pay special attention to making health a priority. While one can take your own measures to take care of your health, healthcare facilities, medical practices and pharmacies remain open when needed. For those who would prefer not to risk infection by visiting a medical practice, some practices offer remote video consulting services where appropriate. Here are some tips to manage your health in these testing times:

  • If stress is affecting your daily activities, talk to your GP. If you are receiving existing treatment to assist with your mental well-being, make sure that you continue with prescribed medication and consultations.
  • Take extra precautions if you have underlying conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions. Manage your condition conscientiously.
  • Stay active. Move more. Lockdown restrictions regarding exercise have been lifted and even a short brisk or relaxed walk can be good for one’s state of mind and health.
  • Eat healthily, especially heart-healthy. Talk to your GP or a dietician to help you with a healthy diet.
  • Having a consistent sleep pattern can improve mental well-being and also boost your immune system.
  • Look after your lungs. Smoking can weaken your lungs.
  • Maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Social isolation can impact mental well-being and you should keep in contact with family and friends through available platforms such as Skype, Zoom, mobile phones and many other platforms.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) believes that the COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. This can have a negative effect on your physical and mental health. You can find more tips by visiting this link: https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItfDErYus6gIVk7LVCh0iXgI2EAAYASAAEgL2mvD_BwE

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