As regulations tighten up over the coming weeks and we get a better idea of how this COVID-19 pandemic is going to affect us, we're starting to learn that a surprising amount of people have not observed the Shelter in Place rule.
At Espinosa Family Chiropractic we believe that education is what empowers people to do better. And we can't do better until we know better. Below, we go over a few best practices to adopt during this time when it's our job to look out for ourselves and especially for others.
First, it's important to maintain cleanliness. Wash your hands often and avoid touching your face. Wear protective gloves and use hand sanitizer whenever you're in high-traffic locations.
Second, make sure that you only go outdoors unless it's ABSOLUTELY necessary. This doesn't mean feeling entitled to go on a walk outside every five minutes... we're not supposed to be doing this. Limit your walks to less obvious times. Try to only go out once or twice a day, and only if you must.
Third, stop having gatherings at your home. If you have other people in your household already, that's fine. No new people should be introduced to your environment during this time unless it's a health professional or something that is absolutely mandatory.
At Espinosa Family Chiropractic we're here to answer any questions and we're still able to provide our drug-free treatments that provide relief for so many of our patients. We're taking every measure to keep our patients and staff safe as well as our facility clean and 100% up to regulation.
Even though you might be practicing social distancing and staying at home during this COVID-19 pandemic, you're likely starting to get restless, which means you should probably get outside and stretch your legs. Although most businesses are closed and people are cautioned to work from home and shelter in place, many folks are taking time to get outside.
But, you still have to practice safe social distancing while outdoors in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, or else all this effort will be for naught. Below, Espinosa Family Chiropractic goes over a few ways to practice social distancing while outdoors.
Go Outside During Low Traffic Times
Since we're all flock creatures when it comes down to it, try to go against your instincts when it comes to going outdoors. Most people are going to want to head out for a walk in the middle of the day, or perhaps after sunrise, so you can give yourself an advantage by heading out earlier, or even later than most folks would, that way you limit your exposure.
Stay Six Feet Away!
It's surprising how many people, even during this time of social distancing, are failing to stay six feet away from others. Even while outdoors, and especially indoors, make sure to keep your distance... from everyone. We are all doing this for a reason, remember. Don't make it a waste of time.
Retreat to Nature
Try to hit up nature spots that are lesser-known. Everybody is going to hit up the beach or the lake, so try to hit up the road less traveled in these cases. Maybe hike to a spot with a scenic view where you're guaranteed seclusion. Get in touch with nature, not with other human beings during this time.
Espinosa Family Chiropractic is still here to provide our essential treatments for patients looking for drug-free pain solutions or the many other benefits chiropractic adjustments bring once explored. Contact us today to learn more about how we're taking every measure to keep our patients and community safe during this time.
During these unfortunate times with Coronavirus in full swing, it's important to take measures to limit your exposure, which is what Social Distancing attempts to address. You may have heard about Social Distancing on the news or from a friend and maybe you're wondering how you can do what you can to limit the spread of the virus without feeling like you have to isolate yourself from the rest of humanity.
In this day and age, we have many tools at our disposal that will make our self-quarantines far more liveable, even enjoyable.
Talk to friends and relatives on the phone or even via Face talk apps like Skype or FaceTime, instead of meeting up with friends and family to engage with them in person.
Stop shaking hands -- we know this might be an uncomfortable adjustment, but America is one of the last cultures that still holds on to this perhaps outdated mode of showing acknowledgment or respect. Adopt a respectful bow until it's more acceptable to shake hands again. You might even develop new healthier habits moving forward that will limit your exposure to germs.
Working from home, if you have the option, is another great way to practice social distancing, since so many of us get sick from our coworkers coming into work sick.
Stay away from larger gatherings. Wash your hands frequently and often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Stop touching handrails and use a napkin when touching door handles that get used by the public.
At Espinosa Family Chiropractic, we keep a pristinely clean and sanitized office. Our treatments can be enjoyed by those who are young in age and those who are more advanced in age. Although we see quite a few patients, our offices are not considered high risk at this point. Our treatments will even help boost your immune system and keep your body at top-notch functionality, which will help you ward off inflammation and infection. Contact Espinosa Family Chiropractic to learn more.
Just because we might look great on the outside doesn't mean we might not be feeling like we're out of sorts on the inside. As life changes from rapid pace to most of us staying at home for a stretch of time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to make sure that we stay in shape mentally as well as physically.
Below, Espinosa Family Chiropractic goes over a few ways to keep a peaceful mind and stay in a state of serenity in these unpredictable times.
Practice sitting down and trying to think of nothing for 10 minutes each day -- preferably as a way to start your morning. It will be hard, at first, maybe even impossible to be thoughtless, even just for ten minutes. When you catch yourself thinking, just say, "You're thinking again," then return back to your thoughtless void. Do that as many times as is necessary before the 10-minute alarm dings. You'll start to notice yourself having different conversations with yourself as you become more aware of your thought patterns.
2.) Practice Deep Breathing
Deep breathing has all sorts of health benefits that medical professionals can't quite wrap their heads around. Deep breathing techniques will help you reduce anxiety and even reach a state of natural euphoria. Deep breathing will also help you lower your heart rate.
3.) Stay in a State of Gratitude
Even though things might seem upside down, you can probably count a blessing or two each day just to remind yourself how much better you have it than someone less fortunate than you. It really helps put things into perspective and makes most of the stuff we sweat seem pretty small.
Chiropractic adjustments are also a great way to give your body and mind the recalibration it needs to start oozing positivity on all fronts. Chiropractic treatments help with anxiety, insomnia, and even provide drug-free pain relief. Contact Espinosa Family Chiropractic to learn more about how our treatments can really get the best out of you.
Whether you believe the Coronavirus is something to be worried about or not, the fact remains that it's important to limit one's exposure to germs. One of the many things times of difficulty give us are lessons to learn moving forward, and the Coronavirus has exposed our society as more than a little relaxed as far as best practices go when it comes to limiting the spreading of germs.
Below, Espinosa Family Chiropractic goes over a few ways to limit your exposure during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Clean all surfaces you come into contact with at home and at work. Make sure that you wash your hands, especially after coming into contact with handrails and surfaces that are open to the public. Avoid touching your mouth and face as well, for good measure.
Stop Shaking Hands
It might be a little awkward at first, but avoiding shaking hands is a good way to limit the spread of germs. American culture is one of the few cultures that holds on to this particular sign of acknowledgment and respect. A respectful bow in lieu of a handshake is always acceptable.
Stay at Home After Traveling and While Sick
If you're sick yourself, make sure to stay at home until you're healthy and well again. If you've been abroad, give yourself some sort of quarantine for a few days, preferably up to two weeks (if your vocation permits), this way you can ensure you're not carrying any germs or viruses.
Chiropractic adjustments are a great way to give your immune system an added boost. Find out more about how our treatments go hand in hand with being healthy and well by calling Espinosa Family Chiropractic today.