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Corona: How We Can Stay Feeling Good

Updated: Mar 18, 2020

Self isolation means finally getting some you-time

The average Londoner spends two hours a day commuting. Those are two additional hours that are now yours. Dedicate this time to self-care and some much needed you time. Spend that extra time doing a work out class on YouTube, do some mindfulness, organise your finances or start blogging. Don't waste the time 'Netflixing and Chilling'. This may be your one opportunity to re-centre and get back in tune with yourself and your life. As for me, I plan to spend the time kicking back and relaxing.

Just kidding, I work for the NHS.

Moisturise those hands

As a doctor in the NHS, I've washed my hands upwards of 60 times today. The moisture has left the building and it might not come back. We're all doing well hygiene-wise but all this soap and alcohol gel has left us a nation of seriously crusty-handed people. Dry hands lead to breaks in the skin damaging its protective barrier functions and causing us to become more susceptible to infection. Protect your hands by applying moisturiser every chance you get!

COVID-19 might improve our acne

Damn it, we touched our face again! We know we shouldn't, but the average person touches their face twenty times a day. Touching our faces activates the parasympathetic nervous system which make us feel less stressed and anxious. Washing our hands for 20 seconds and improving our hygiene means less dirt and bacteria are being transferred from our hands to our skin. To avoid touching your face, try keeping them clasped together.

BUT don't just stop at washing your hands

Well done, you've washed your hands for 20 seconds but then you turned off the tap, you've opened the door, you've picked up the phone. The average keyboard is dirtier than the soles of our feet and your phone carries more bacteria than the average toilet. COVID-19 (and other micro-organisms) can survive on plastic surfaces for days and so it's even possible to catch it from the bottle of hand sanitiser that everyone is using. So carry around antibacterial wipes and use them regularly on your phones, keyboards and especially your bottle of hand sanitiser.

Let's love from afar

Air kisses have never felt so good. We're all in this together and it's time to unite (even if it is only via Skype) and show each other that we care. Let's send those air kisses and take care of ourselves and each other.

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