At Florida Pain Relief Centers, we understand that we’re all going through a very challenging, even scary time right now. The coronavirus pandemic is causing a great deal of uncertainty and anxiety around the world, the likes of which many people alive today have never experienced.
And for those who live with chronic pain conditions, getting through times like these can be especially difficult.
While it’s true that the current situation is a serious one, we can all do our part to get through this together by looking out for ourselves and others. By working together, we can move faster toward diminishing the threat of COVID-19 as technology works to produce solutions and treatments for overcoming the danger for humans of every age.
Here are 5 ways you can help keep yourself and others safer during the coronavirus pandemic:
1. First and foremost: stay informed.
It is tempting to avoid watching, reading or listening to more news of COVID-19 when we already feel overwhelmed by the intensity of it all. And it’s true that it can be beneficial to take breaks from the negativity at times and just b.r.e.a.t.h.e.
But it is also critical that during these times, we keep ourselves aware of emergency alerts and the latest knowledge that enables us to react accordingly to current circumstances.
Stay informed by bookmarking reputable, reliable sources of COVID-19 information, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). These resources will provide the latest news of the pandemic, as well as recommendations for helping to reduce spread of the virus.
2. Give yourself (and others) more personal space
By now you already know it is unwise to congregate in groups and busy public places, due to rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 infections. But as the situation grows more dire, it is time to really rein in the level of public activity we would normally take for granted.
Yes, it may be inconvenient. But if we all take steps to reduce contact for a short period of time, we can sooner reach the point of taking control over coronavirus so we can begin to work our way back to normal habits and routines.
For the moment, it is best to avoid over-contact with others as much as possible, particularly larger groups of people, and remain 6 feet away from others at all times.
3. Be vigilant in your actions
It isn’t normal that we need to be hyper-mindful of everything we touch, how we cough or sneeze, or having to refrain from hugs and handshakes. These are certainly not normal times.
While it may take some practice, it’s time to pay close attention to surfaces we touch, and to diligently wash our hands after coming in contact with people, pets, and objects that are touched by others.
4. Take steps to stay in good health
One of the best ways to help stave off complications from potential exposure to coronavirus is to maintain good health. Eating nutritious meals, reducing or refraining from alcohol and tobacco use, getting plenty of sleep and staying physically active are all ways to ensure the strongest possible immune system, in the event the virus is contracted.
5. Stay positive and reduce stress
No matter what the challenge, cultivating a positive state of mind is imperative to weathering the storm. The current state of things can be distracting, stressful and worrisome for many people, it’s true. But it’s important to find ways to relax and engage in feel-good activities that can help improve your overall perspective.
Getting back to nature is one beneficial activity, provided you have fairly isolated spaces where you can stroll or explore. If you live with chronic pain, your activity options may be limited. But try to stay as active as possible and do anything that improves your mood. This will help offset negativity and increase your ability to cope with crises.
We hope these tips will help provide benefit for you and your loved ones during this currently uncertain health climate. Remember to stay tuned to your local news resources for any critical updates you’ll need to know, and follow all recommendations while we all work together to overcome the coronavirus pandemic.
Can We Help Ease Your Chronic Pain?
Day-to-day living can be very challenging for those who suffer from chronic pain conditions, and the currently difficult times we’re facing can make these challenges feel even worse.
At Florida Pain Relief Centers, we are committed to helping our patients live a more pain-free quality of life. Our highly skilled physicians are dedicated to relieving your suffering and ensuring your comfort with compassionate, individualized care and state-of-the-art technologies for pain relief.
If live with chronic pain and feel more achy and anxious than usual as a result of these troubling times, taking steps to reduce your pain will leave you better equipped to handle whatever comes your way.
Let us help to alleviate your suffering — reach out to us at Florida Pain Relief Centers today at 800.215.0029, or click the button below to set up a consultation at one of our clinics online.