At Patrick Fettinger, DPM we hope all of our Fairfield County patients are staying safe and healthy. We know that COVID 19 has created a fair amount of stress for families. Working from home and distance learning, combined with fears connected to the virus, and an abundance of together time can be a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, there are ways to ease the strain and yes, actually have some good come out of this challenging time. Below are 4 suggestions to consider trying with your family.
Stick to your routine as much as possible. Getting up at your usual time, performing basic hygiene daily, eating meals at regular times, doing chores—anything that is familiar will provide touchpoints of normalcy that will offer comfort and a sense of security. For parents and children to get necessary school/office work accomplished, create a schedule of work hours (with breaks).
Create space to express feelings. All family members need to be able to share their fears and worries, as well as the positive things they’re experiencing during this time. Don’t try to sugarcoat or dismiss negative feelings. Make time to talk to each of your children individually and listen to what they’re saying before offering feedback.
Stay/get physically active. Regular exercise is essential for good health (and not just during the time of the coronavirus!) If your family doesn’t already, now is a good time to start being physically active together. Walks or bike rides around the neighborhood, an indoor fitness circuit, video exercise routines or just working in the yard are all viable options at this time. Exercise elevates mood, helps maintain an appropriate weight, and improves sleep quality.
Make time for fun. One positive outcome of the stay home orders can be a chance to reconnect and enjoy family time. Plan specific activities like cooking together, watching a new or favorite movie, playing board games, organizing family photos, and making cards to send to friends and family.
If you experience any foot or ankle discomfort while exercising, contact our New Fairfield (203-746-9660) or Middlebury (203-598-0357) office to discuss your condition with our podiatrist, Dr. Patrick J. Fettinger.
We will get through this challenging time!