With more than a year into the current health situation and a new variant's presence in the country triggering another round of community restrictions, it does not hurt to look at some safety guidelines to help protect your household.
Check out these four health and wellness tips to help you and your family stay safe.
Always follow community guidelines
Adhere to the safety guidelines imposed by the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) and your local government units. Maintain physical distancing and always wear your face mask, even when you are fully vaccinated. Try not to leave the house when possible, but when you do, avoid crowded areas and poorly ventilated spaces.
Sign up for your city's vaccination program as a protective measure for your family members.
Maintain good hygiene
This does not need any further explanation, but even when family members are just at home the whole day, everyone should still practice proper hygiene with frequent handwashing and regular baths. There are still household germs and bacteria present, so change sheets and towels often, and sanitize high-touch areas such as remotes, switches, doorknobs, and railings.
For those who have to leave the house, bring alcohol or hand sanitizers, and immediately wash your hands thoroughly and change your clothes after arriving home.
Live a healthy lifestyle
You have probably heard this a thousand times, but try to live a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a better diet. It does not have to be everything at once. The family can start by getting fewer takeout or fast-food deliveries and replacing processed food with more greens and whole food. Try to have everything in moderation – less salt, sugar, sodium, and harmful fats. If possible, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol, too.
Even when everyone is just at home, try to be active. Walk around the house, do household chores, and try following an indoor, no equipment workout routine. A good night's rest is also crucial in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, so try to get enough sleep daily.
Promote holistic mental wellness
The situation is difficult for the whole family, but not everyone deals with it the same way. More than the physical well-being, families should also look out for each other's mental health and offer support wherever they can.
During such stressful times, it can help to offer a shoulder to cry on or a sympathetic ear to listen to their worries and fears. Remember to be non-judgmental when faced with a family member struggling with mental health issues. In the same way, if you have feelings of sadness or depression, reach out to someone you love.
If things become too much to handle, reaching out to medical professionals for guidance is never a sign of weakness, but of courage and strength.
As another measure, you may also get a credit card that comes with family health benefits such as Metrobank's Family Health Card.
From June 18 to December 31, 2021, anyone applying for a Metrobank Femme Signature Visa or Metrobank Platinum Mastercard will get a family health card. This promo was made to help address the health and wellness, as well as security concerns of parents and family breadwinners during the current health crisis.
Cardholders will be rewarded with health and wellness benefits of up to P8,000 worth of eGCs for a minimum or accumulated spend of P15,000 within three months upon card approval. They can get 1-year unlimited telemed consultation for four people at Medgate and one-time annual physical exam at Hi-Precision. Plus, eGC worth P3,000 at any participating merchant such as Nike, Owndays, Mercury Drug, Tempur, Lazada or Shopee.
Cardholders are also automatically covered with free AXA Daily Hospital Insurance up to P120,000, free access to AXA Rescue Line (ambulance, police, fire, and road assistance).
Nowadays, you can never be too safe especially when your family's health and wellness are on the line. Listen to the experts, follow community guidelines, and try to keep an active and healthy lifestyle. Eventually, things will get better and you and your family can enjoy the life you are used to.
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