Change has been prevalent in the last few months, specifically regarding COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). Government officials released “stay-at-home” orders across the United States and beyond. While some companies are updating and implementing new policies to allow employees to work from home, unfortunately, some employees are being laid off until the panic of the pandemic and the spread of the virus settles down.

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It’s vital to remember these “stay-at-home” orders are in place for the safety of humanity. Reducing the spread of the virus is for the benefit of everyone. However, being home day after day can give us a case of cabin fever.

Paying attention to our bodies during this time of isolation can help maintain our wellbeing and health. Being cooped up at home can be beneficial as long as we make the most of it.

As the saying goes, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and that goes for our muscles, too. Research has shown that staying active helps both physical and mental health. Physical activity is beneficial for us in many ways, helping reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, risk of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. It increases the release of “feel-good” hormones, endorphins, and reduces the level of stress hormones such as cortisol. It is amazing what can happen when we take care of our bodies!

Try looking at this pandemic with a positive mindset. You’ll find that you now have time to start planting that garden you always wanted. You have time to start a DIY project on your house with items found in your garage or basement. There is added time to make quality memories with the ones you love in your household.

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For those who live alone, make sure to call friends and family to keep in touch. Technology is still bringing us together via Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, e-mails, video-conferencing and hangouts, and much more while we do our part to #FlattenTheCurve. Not to mention, the reduction in travel has helped our earth’s climate tremendously. There are still small silver linings in all of this.