A Couple of Hints for Body/Brain Health During School Closure

Here are a couple of things to do to maintain your health/wellness during our extended closure:

FOR BRAIN HEALTH

IMPORTANT: MAINTAIN A SCHEDULE!

  • Set an alarm to wake up in the morning.  It doesn’t have to be the usual super early time, but keep it reasonable.  How about 7:30 AM?
  • Take a shower, get dressed, and eat breakfast.  Do this even if you aren’t leaving the house.
  • Sit down and work on Canvas assignments.  Set a timer on your phone and put in a solid hour, maybe two of work.  If you don’t have any Canvas to work on at least look up good articles of interest on your phone or ipad and read (real articles, not social media).  Try to vary them by subject (sci, arts, history).  Don’t get in the way of your brain feeding by having distractions like social media, tv, or music in the background.
  • After an hour or two take a break and get some exercise (see below) and eat a light lunch.  Don’t eat heavy foods that make you drowsy.  Protein is your friend.  (Google “high protein foods” to see some options).
  • Back to the books for another hour or two.  Try to keep up with Canvas so you don’t fall behind.
  • After the second round of Canvas do something you enjoy that is compatible with our new “no contact with others” lifestyle.

FOR BODY HEALTH

First, the big ones:

  • Arlington has the highest number of documented Corona virus infections in Virginia.  The first and most important health tip is to stay away from other people!  The rule seems to be to stay at least six feet away (two meter sticks) from others either indoors or out.  Avoid all crowds and groups.  This is not the time to get together with friends.
  • Wash hands when you come into your house/apartment, before eating, and after using the bathroom.  Wipe your cellphone off with disinfectant wipes after coming home.
  • Keep your hands away from your face at all times.

Now for the other important body health stuff:

  • The consensus seems to be that its still safe and good for you to go outside and exercise (walk, run, kick a soccer ball around) as long as you stay away from others.  No organized sports or groups.  Keep your distance from other people on the sidewalks.
  • There are numerous exercises you can do by yourself with no equipment.  They can be easily found online. One example is here: https://www.activekids.com/fitness/articles/full-body-conditioning-exercises-for-kids/slide-10
  • Resist the temptation to snack out of boredom.  Eat when you’re hungry.  Like was said earlier, protein is your friend!
  • Don’t play the stay up all night and sleep all day game.  It isn’t good for your brain or body.

Remember, this is a new experience for adults and children.  Everyone is learning as they go along!