Coronavirus Tips and Advice
Looking after your eyes
While we are all hoping for good news and an ease on lockdown severity, schooling from home using computers and other electronic devices may become a reality.
With this in mind, consider optimising your monitor to avoid eye strain:
- Invert Screen colors – Black background and white text
- Adjust screen brightness to lower levels
- Top of screen should be at or below eye level
- Allow at least 50 cm between the screen and your eyes
- Avoid sun or bright light reflecting off the screen
Eyestrain signs and symptoms include:
- Sore, tired, burning or itching eyes.
- Watery or dry eyes.
- Blurred or double vision.
- Sore neck, shoulders or back.
- Increased sensitivity to light.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Feeling that you cannot keep your eyes open.
Remember this too shall pass
We have had a three week trial run of lockdown now. I don’t think we fully realise that we are participating in a global event that is going to rewrite the history books. Why not use this time to create things that can later on be used as a reminder or legacy of the virus and the lockdown for generations to come. Let’s keep our children busy, reduce frustration and frame artwork and creative projects as a memory.
Create different stations to help keep the children/family busy – a puzzle station where the family can build puzzles together, later frame and write memories of the lockdown on the back, or a creative corner to make things which can be relaxing and mindful. Dot art is a wonderful technique that’s easy and very calming. Finished items become the corona legacy. Naturally, a reading corner should be available with lots of comfy cushions.
Take lots of photos to make a collage once lockdown is over. A very important station is the one that is used to get rid of frustration and anxiety with newspaper to scribble on and tear up, play dough to squash and bubbles to blow to help ease tension. A glitter jar to look at helps to relax.
Lastly, remember this too shall pass. Use the phrase, ‘It is what it is’ to keep you grounded while you listen for sounds and look for colours. Most importantly, breathe and take time to smell the roses now while you can.
Don’t forget to take your vitamins
Nutrients and vitamins are important in moderation, but please remember that too much of anything is not good. Vitamin C, for example, may be helpful during flu season, however, too much may become toxic, or sudden cessation may result in rebound scurvy.
60 mg to 90 mg per day is the recommended daily dose for adults and between 40mg – 75 mg for children depending on age.
A well-balanced healthy diet is important
With the arrival of the flu season and the added stress of current times, we can do ourselves a great service by making sure we eat a well-balanced healthy diet, routinely do moderate exercise, and get adequate sleep. Please also consider getting a flu vaccine from your local pharmacy.