1.Call your friends and family
During these times, don’t forget to keep in touch with the people who love you the most and know you the best. Simply calling or FaceTiming a friend or family member can help you feel more grounded, supported, and connected.
2. Take care of your mental health
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people, and it also may cause fear and anxiety. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), good ways to cope with stress include:
-Taking time to unwind and do activities you enjoy
-Taking breaks from watching or listening to any mainstream news outlets, as hearing about the virus all day can be upsetting
-Taking care of your body and eating well-balanced meals
-Connecting with others
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
3. Embrace this time with your family
Time is a gift. Slow down and embrace those around you. Have children in your home? When was the last time you played a game of hide and seek or built a tent in the living room? Our children will model the behavior that is in front of them - let's embrace this season with as much peace and creativity as possible.
Pray for the safety of your family, friends and our essential workers. Attending a church service isn't feasible at this time, but it's possible to attend church online/church at home!
5. Read a book
One of my biggest excuses to not read a book is “not having time.” Well, now that there aren’t any other distractions it’s time to sit down and crack that book open.
6. Order food for delivery or takeout
Who doesn't love take out?! So many of our local restaurants are offering contactless delivery. Did you know some local coffee shops are even offering free delivery of coffee or growlers to go?! Let's help those businesses who help us!
Remember to always wash your hands before you serve or eat the food.
7. Dedicate some time for a beauty routine
Now’s the perfect time to get into a beauty routine. Did you see Lasergals is delivering at-home facial kits filled with all sorts of goodies!? Our favorite is definitely the cold roller that you can add to the kit. How about you? This is also a great time to establish consistent habits when it comes to taking your vitamins and eating nutritious food.
There are plenty of ways to get a workout in at home. Try home workout videos on YouTube, or even Yoga! Studio Y, a local yoga studio, has a YouTube channel that consists of multiple yoga classes and tutorials for beginners! Yoga improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, and increases blood flow among so many more benefits. Another form of exercise is dancing. Freedom Performing Arts Co. has live dance classes on their Facebook! This resource is especially good for the younger ones at home!
9. Change up your scene
When we live busy lives, we tend to put off organizing our home or personal spaces. Now that a majority of us are in quarantine, when will there ever be a better time to organize a pantry, closet, or even clean your room?! You can finally paint your room that color you've been wanting to or as a lighter approach to home improvement, you can even order new home decor and we've been loving the goods over at Dandy Home and Ranch, check them out! If your budget allows you to, take on a home project with your loved ones! Investing in the aesthetic of your home or room is so well worth it, as the feel of your space has an impact on you.
10. Donate to the Arizona Covid-19 Community Response Fund The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma has announced that it will match the first $110,000 in gifts to its Yuma/Western AZ COVID-19 Community Response Fund, dollar-for-dollar, to assist nonprofit organizations and community groups in Yuma as well as other western Arizona communities who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The community response fund will support the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors most directly affected by the COVID-19 ,” said Veronica Shorr, Regional Director, ACF of Yuma. “While we remain hopeful that preventative measures will minimize the spread of the outbreak in Yuma, the time to act is now.” Gifts to this fund will be restricted to support local nonprofits facing an increased demand for services from clients and communities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. United Way of Yuma County will also release $30,000 to local partner agencies, including ACF of Yuma. “We are committed to working alongside key partners like ACF of Yuma. Together we will find short- and long-term solutions and help people recover and rebuild from this,” said Karina Jones, President/CEO at United Way of Yuma County.” To contribute to the Yuma/Western AZ COVID-19 Community Response Fund, visit azfoundation.org/covid19 and select the ‘Yuma’ tab.