We are in the midst of unprecedented times in our society today. Shelter-in-place orders to protect the public from a novel virus have shaken us and left us uncertain how to proceed. These public health strategies have never been implemented before, so it’s no wonder people are questioning of how to live during this “new normal.”
Like everyone, we have been affected by this shelter-in-place order. We want you to know that we look forward to seeing you soon and resuming all appointments once things open back up. No one knows what will happen, but there are a few things we can all do to safeguard our own health (and our hearing!) during this strange period.
A New Normal
While many of us are spending more time at home, this can be a good opportunity to learn as much as we can about how to protect our health and prevent hearing loss. It’s a great time to catch up on articles and resources on our website and Facebook page! We love to provide information that can help you to live the best life possible, so use this extra downtime wisely!
The best way to stay healthy is to get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and keep moving! Be sure to get outside every day, even if it’s for a brisk walk down the block, a bit of gardening in your yard, or a stroll to pick up something at the store. Getting out of the house can do wonders for your mood and outlook as well.
This time of isolation may be discouraging, but don’t let it keep you from doing enjoyable things that keep you well. This time can be spent learning to cook new dishes and develop new skills. Youtube can be a great resource for learning how to create new flavors and keep your menu versatile. Learn how to make Chinese sauces or a Russian soup and keep thing spicy in your life and kitchen.
Develop a Skill
Have you ever wanted to learn to knit or how to build a desk? Now is a great time to learn! A simple internet search or Youtube video can teach you how to do virtually anything. Pick up a few useful skills during this downtime. Then when life is back to normal you can teach your friends what you learned!
Keep Your Mind Engaged
It’s tempting during this time to watch a lot of TV or just hang around the house, but it’s still Springtime outside and now is as good a time as any to engage your mind and strengthen your brain. Even if face-to-face interaction is limited, you can play online games with friends and go outside to engage with nature. It’s a great time to be alive!
Staying connected with loved ones has suddenly become more difficult than before, but luckily we live in a time when technology lets us see our friends and family even if we can’t be in the same room with them. Zoom calls, Facetime, or even video messaging services on social media platforms can make you feel closer to those you love even when they are far away. Even if you don’t know how to use these technologies yet, they are easy to set up: a simple internet search can help, or ask a friend or family to walk you through it on a phone call.
These are times like most of us have never seen before, but keeping a routine and staying in touch with loved ones during uncertainty will help you stay balanced and keep your outlook positive during these unprecedented times.
The first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646