By Eugena Brooks
2020 has been a very strange year to say the least. On the one hand so much has happened and changed it seems time is flying. Yet on the other hand with all the social distancing and sheltering in place it also seems like time is standing still. It is no wonder we are all suffering from some degree of COVID-19 fatigue.
At this point in the U.S., most states are experiencing spiking in numbers of new cases and deaths. The flu season is upon us with the holiday season just around the corner. So, how do we get through this Thanksgiving holiday? My mother used to say accentuate the positive. Be thankful you can “virtually” celebrate. Be mindful of your sleep health and proactive about supporting it.
Visit the Family Online: Use the tech. It’s a blessing folks during the 1918 pandemic didn’t have.
Try not to over-eat: If you are home alone, treat yourself to ordering in or cook your full holiday meal but avoid over-indulging. Save some for later by storing leftovers into servings for the coming week. Even better—freeze some individual meals for thawing and microwaving in the dead of winter.
Avoid late night noshing: It is bad in general but worse with all the rich holiday foods. You don’t want to aggravate gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or create other sleep disturbances.
Get Your Exercise: Take a walk, do some stretches or put on some music and dance.
Make Sleep a Priority: Working from home and other life changes due to the pandemic has us off schedule in many ways. Don’t be tempted to stream a late-night movie. We still need to get restful sleep.
Anyone that knows someone that has been touched by COVID-19 knows that large get togethers are not a good idea. Stay within your bubble. I missed celebrating my 60th birthday with family and friends the end of March because of the shutdown. I have been in my bubble home alone ever since.
The day we decided to postpone the celebration until we could find out more about this disease my daughter mentioned maybe it was “just as well” since her fiancé was coming down with something. In the end they both came down with COVID-19. It was not easy for her and it was much worse for him. Fortunately, they both survived. I am thankful for that. I am also aware of how close I came to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
How with my high-risk health issues I dodged a lethal bullet and that I am blessed because of that; there are far too many that were not so lucky. For more information on the pandemic and sleep health see the link below. Until next time- wear a mask, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and stay home in your bubble whenever possible. Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!
Covid and Sleep Better Slumber During the Pandemic: https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/news/2020/covid-and-sleep-better-slumber-during-pandemic-may-help-protect-your-health