Wellness

Social Drinking and Recovery Support at Home

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The general social distancing guidelines we’ve all been following in recent weeks have now given way to an official stay-at-home order from Gov. Ralph Northam.
 
This order, together with the fear of exposure to COVID-19, is keeping all of us at home unless we need to go to work, get groceries or engage in other essential activities.
 
The situation is causing significant stress, boredom and loneliness for people regardless of their circumstances.
 
And many people deal with stress, boredom and loneliness by consuming alcohol.
 

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Outdoor Exercise Under a Stay-at-Home Order

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 Gov. Ralph Northam has issued a "stay at home" order for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Along with essential outings like grocery shopping and seeking medical attention, the order allows for “engaging in outdoor activity, including exercise, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements.”
 
That is good news, as we are all seeking a respite from social distancing at home, and exercise is as good for your mental health as it is for your physical health.

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Staying Active When Your Gym is Closed

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Throughout our region and across the country, businesses and organizations are making the difficult decision to temporarily close to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

In the interest of public health and the well-being of members and staff, Carilion Wellness made the same necessary decision March 18 and closed its facilities until further notice.

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Caregiving From a Distance

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Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. manage the ongoing challenges of caring for loved ones from a distance. 

During the coronavirus pandemic, that number is expected to increase significantly, especially as self-quarantines and isolation units minimize direct contact even among families that live near each other.

Ensuring that loved ones have the care and support they need when you can’t be with them every day is complicated, but with teamwork, coordination and a willingness to ask for help, it can be done.

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