As Covid-19 makes its presence felt in Europe and beyond, I thought I’d share some of things that I’ve learned from our time in quarantine here in Italy. I hope some of it helps :)
Currently we are all following the ‘io resto a casa’ ruling, which means 'I stay at home'. The virus is more contagious than ‘normal flu’ so limiting interpersonal contact is really important. You can be perfectly healthy but be a carrier of the virus and this is why it is important to keep at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from other people when you are outside your home so that you do not give the virus to a person with a comprised immune system and make them ill or contract it yourself.
In Italy supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies remain open. You can leave your house to buy groceries or medicine but each shop will only let a small amount of people in at a time based on the floor space of the store to limit inter personal contact. In our little grocery shop that means 2 people in the shop at a time while other customers wait outside keeping a distance of 1 metre (3 feet) apart. As one person leaves the shop, another can enter. There is no panic, no hoarding and no shortage of groceries or supplies.
Be mindful of what you touch when outdoors, don’t put your hands to your face and wash your hands thoroughly when you return home.
I know when faced with a crisis lots of people want to ‘do’ something to help. The best thing you can ‘do’ is stay at home and limit person to person contact with others. Some people are needed to get groceries and medications etc. for the vulnerable and the elderly but if too many people are outside ‘doing’ you run the risk of spreading the virus.
In our overstimulated world staying at home can be challenging. My advice would be to turn off the news and limit your time on social media reading about the virus. It is a waiting game and the news does not change from hour to hour but watching it all the time increases your levels of anxiety and agitation which has a negative impact on your immune system.
It is really important to take care of your mental health at this time so instead of TV and endless social media you might do all those jobs in the house or garden that you’ve been putting off doing. An amazing sense of satisfaction and calm can come from completing small tasks. You can also read books, listen to some calming music, do puzzles or games etc. There are also lots of free exercise, yoga and pilates classes online for adults and kids. My favourites are:
Exercise helps your immune system as does nutritious food, drinking plenty of water, mediation/mindfulness and plenty of rest.
In my desire to ‘do something’ I made a guided mediation to help soothe your nervous system, reduce anxiety and boost your immune system. You can listen to it here:
And finally nurses, doctors and health care professionals are on the front line. Here in Italy there are stretched to the max. Remember the virus attacks the lungs and each hospital has only a limited number of respirators. So if we can do our bit to limit the spread of the virus it means that those who do become ill have a better chance of getting the help they need and we are also not putting people’s sisters, brothers, husbands, wives and loved ones who are medical professionals at unnecessary risk.
I know this phrase has been used a lot lately but it feels very relevant right now.
Sending you oodles of love, be safe and well,