Are you helping yourself to stay healthy?

April 27, 2020

YOU use alcohol or sanitizers and wear facemask to ensure you won’t get infected with coronavirus. You are assuring yourself you stay healthy when you are doing these.

But are you really sure you are keeping yourself healthy during this health crisis? Do you follow the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) rules to stay home during lockdown so you won’t catch or spread the virus? And while at home, do you practice healthy lifestyle?

If you had missed any one of these, you are probably not helping yourself to stay healthy.

According to Mayo Clinic, maintaining good health during pandemic is very important since most of the hospitals are full and doctors are all busy attending to patients infected with the virus.

We all know that prevention is the best cure and washing hands with soap is the best tool to kill the virus.

Check on these reminders if you’re doing them routinely:

* Skin care. Proactive skin care can help keep your skin youthful and healthy. While they say that sunlight exposure would help boost your resistance to fight the virus, too much sun is not also good for the skin.

When bathing, avoid using strong soaps.

If you have acne, find out the best ways to treat acne. Consider whether laser hair removal is right for you.

* Nail care. Look at your nails. Are they strong and healthy looking? Or do you see ridges, dents, or areas of unusual color or shape? Proper nail care is important, whether your nails are healthy or in need of special attention. Consider nail care tips, including how to keep your nails clean and trimmed and why moisturizing your nails can be helpful.

If you rely on manicures to keep your nails looking good, know what to expect from your nail when you overdo these cosmetics. If you have weak or brittle nails, understand the do's and don'ts of various nail care products.

* Dental care. Regular dental care is an important part of oral health. Also consider common dental care questions. Should you use an electric toothbrush or a regular toothbrush? Does whitening toothpaste really work? Should your dental care include fluoride treatments or dental sealants?

* Sleep. If you have anxiety because of the crisis, it can be tough to get a good night's sleep. Besides, if your partner snores a lot, that’s another struggle to sleep.

Financial worries or an illness would affect your sleep. To improve your sleep, consider simple self-care tips —sticking to a sleep schedule and relaxing before bed.

If you're thinking about using a sleep aid (like taking sleeping pill), know what you're getting yourself into. Over-the-counter sleep aids can be effective for an occasional sleepless night, but they're not meant for long-term use.

* Eye care. If you're seeing clearly, there’s a tendency y to overlook routine eye care. But you know it's still important. Regular eye exams can give your eye care specialist a chance to help you correct or adapt to vision changes, as well as detect eye problems at the earliest stage.

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, you might be considering laser eye surgery as part of your eye care. It's also important to think about common vision problems as you age, such as difficulty reading small print, cataracts and glaucoma. Knowing what's normal — and what's not — can help you know when you need special eye care.

* LGBTQ health. The Mayo Clinic has included LGBTQ in health habits to practice.  “LGBTQ people are at higher risk of anxiety and depression. Gay men are more likely to experience body image issues and eating disorders than are their straight counterparts,” according to the Mayo Clinic.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and gender queer or gender non-conforming people might face specific health concerns related to their gender.

Transgender people face many health concerns due to minority stress, which involves social stigma, discrimination and the internalization of social stigma. As a result, transgender people are at risk of emotional and psychological abuse, physical and sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections, substance misuse, and mental health problems.

If you have a child who is gender-nonconforming or transgender, talk to your child and show support. By allowing your child to demonstrate preferences and share them, you'll encourage a positive sense of self and keep the lines of communication open.