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7 Practical Tips to Ensure Self-Care While in Isolation

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The cruel COVID 19 pandemic has taken away lives and changed the way of living. Governments worldwide are isolating infected persons while asking healthy persons to keep a social distance to control its spread. As we adapt to the new norm, we are faced with severe challenges such as low income, and reduced freedom.

Some people are even living in fear and anxiety. However, whatever challenges we face, we should uphold activities that enhance our health and general welfare. Here are seven practical tips to help you maintain a proper self-care while in isolation.

Practice good hygiene

While undertaking your daily chores, you may get infected with the virus or a serious bacterial infection if you touch contaminated surfaces. Thus, it is essential to maintain high hygienic standards regardless of whether you have self-isolated or have been quarantined. Carry a recommended disinfectant always to sanitize your hands.

Clean your hands regularly with detergent and running water. Sprinkle the surfaces at your home or locality to disinfect them. The maintenance of proper hygiene will reduce the risk of contracting the disease or infecting others. It will also prevent you from possible bacterial infections.

Do regular workouts

We need physical activity to make proper utilization of the food we eat and support our immune system. Adequate exercise initiates the removal of harmful cholesterol from blood vessels and improves heart health. It also burns calories to produce energy for facilitating the activity.

Moreover, the workout causes the brain to secrete endorphins, which help reduce anxiety. However, you need proper workout equipment like an exercise bike to enjoy the above benefits. You can select your favorite workout equipment from various alternatives on the online platforms. For best results, invest in equipment that gives you a full-body workout while displaying your workout's progress.

Eat healthily

A good immune system starts with a proper diet. Ensure that your three meals have the optimal balance of proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. The proteins will help the body in the repair and replacement of worn-out tissues. However, you should keep off from fatty animal proteins as their saturated fats may be detrimental to your heart-health.

The carbohydrates are energy giving foods. Concentrate on high fiber carbohydrates such as whole-grain bread to keep the blood sugar under watch. Take fruits and vegetables to get a punch of minerals and vitamins to enhance your immunity. Take enough water to keep your body hydrated. A sufficient amount of water in the body helps in easy transportation of food into the body cells and keeps the skin nourished.

Maintain social relationships

The fact that you are in isolation doesn't imply that you keep off from your relatives and friends. Call your family members and make them aware of your health progress. If possible, take videos when doing your favorite activity to ease their tension and fears of losing you to the pandemic.

Video call your friends and share with them on social media. The virtual interactions with your friends and relatives will help you get positive insights, which will be valuable in changing your perception towards your situation. They may also direct you to counseling groups, which can help in fighting the condition.

Read or watch something uplifting

The anxiety and negative thoughts during isolation can cause depression, especially if you are infected with the COVID 19 disease. However, you can uplift your mood by reading your favorite pieces. Pick your favorite books from your bookshelf or access million copies of eBooks online.

Watching movies on YouTube or Netflix can also save you a great deal. The idea is to get something exciting to carry your mind out of the disturbing situation. Alternatively, you can use the isolation period as an opportune moment for learning something new, like playing musical instruments.

Keep off from news updates

News can be disturbing at times. If you are COVID 19 positive, you certainly won't like to turn on a TV to see the various updates about the virus's mortality rate. It can make your improved health worse again. It is advisable to avoid the news updates if you are not strong enough to withstand the saddening updates. Instead, you can concentrate on other activities such as body workouts, listening to music, or watching.

Get organized

If you test positive for the virus, you may be forced to work from home. In that case, you need to customize your working space, and then plan your work schedule. To create a balance between your health and job, you need to set short work timelines with breaks. Use the breaks to exercise and seek insights and counseling from doctors and friends. You can download time management apps to help you in sticking to your schedule.

The above tips can help you uphold your self-care. However, things can worsen on the way, since many people will be isolating you. You should always seek your healthcare provider's advice virtually when you feel overwhelmed by negative thoughts.

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Culture

Black Wall Street: The Story of One Black American Superhero

Like so many millions across the globe, I deeply mourn the loss of one of our greatest real-life superheroes, Chadwick Boseman. To pay tribute and homage to him, my family rewatched his amazing performance in Black Panther. T'Challa was one of Boseman's most important roles both on and off the screen, as his portrayal of the heroic warrior and leader of the people of Wakanda inspired viewers of all ages.

Re-visiting the futuristic city of Wakanda on screen caused me to reflect on how Blacks in America once had our own version of Wakanda: Black Wall Street. Black Wall Street was the name given to the wealthy, thriving, Tulsa, Oklahoma neighborhood of Greenwood in the early 1900s. The nearly 40 square-block neighborhood had more than 300 businesses and over 1,000 homes, including several stately mansions. Like Wakanda, Black people in Greenwood built their own hospitals, schools, theaters, newspapers, churches, and everything needed for their community to flourish.

Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

With only 42 years separating the moment Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and Greenwood's founding, the amazing feat of Blacks building Black Wall Street is something that required supernatural acts of real-life superheroes the likes of which we see onscreen in Black Panther.

One of these real-life superheroes and leaders of Black Wall Street was my great-grandfather A.J. Smitherman, owner and editor of the Tulsa Star. The Tulsa Star was the first daily Black newspaper with national distribution and was a source for Black people to stay informed about issues affecting them throughout the US. A member of the first generation of Blacks born free in the late 1800s, Smitherman attended La Salle and Northwestern Universities. After receiving his law degree, A.J. began his career in community activism, politics, and the newspaper business.

A fearless leader in the Black community not just in Tulsa but throughout the nation, he dedicated his life to empowering his race in all categories of life in every way: morally, economically, physically, and politically. A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community. As one of the most influential founding fathers of Black Wall Street, his contribution and investment in Greenwood was and is immeasurable. Tragically, he lost everything he built, as did the entire district of Greenwood, in the largest, government-sanctioned race massacre in U.S. history.

Unlike Wakanda—the fictional land hidden in the mountains of Africa, mostly invisible to the outside world and protected from foreign threats—Greenwood was exposed. Greenwood was not only visible, but the 11,000 residents and their luxurious lifestyle were a constant reminder to their poor white neighbors across the tracks that Black people had surpassed them in economic empowerment and success. Eventually, the jealousy, greed and contempt for the growing Black economic and political power ignited a horrendously evil act of domestic terrorism by white Tulsans.

A.J. fiercely and courageously used his newspaper and the power of the press to end a myriad of corrupt operations and develop his community.

On May 31st, 1921, thousands systematically looted and burned down Greenwood in a 36 hour-long massacre resulting in the murdering of over 300 Blacks. Thousands more were detained in concentration camps where they remained for months through the freezing Oklahoman winter.

In a recent interview, I was asked what goes through my head when I see the racial unrest taking place today and compare it to what was happening 100 years ago leading up to the Tulsa Massacre. The short answer is that I am incredibly sad. I'm sad for so many reasons. One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith.

A.J. Smitherman's writings in both the Tulsa Star, and thereafter in the Empire Star, a paper he founded later in New York, reveal a man full of hope and ambition to make a difference and contribute to his race and his country as part of the first generation of Blacks born free. He worked tirelessly to this end until the day he died in 1961. Tragically, A.J. died still a fugitive of the state of Oklahoma, having been unjustly indicted by a grand jury for inciting the massacre. This is another point of tremendous pain and grief for me and my family. It is a travesty that he never saw justice in his lifetime, and he furthermore never saw his dream of racial equality.

But perhaps what saddens me most is the fact that I truly believe that in his heart, he still had hope that America was on a path to find its way out of its dark past and into the light of a new dawn. He hoped that the nation would one day become a country where his descendants would no longer be subject to racial hatred, discrimination, and economic disenfranchisement. And I'm certain that he believed the days that Black people would fear being lynched would be long gone by now.

One of the things I am saddest about is knowing that my great-grandfather and great-grandmother sacrificed everything for the betterment and empowerment of their race. And after all of these years, the struggle continues.

I can feel A.J.'s blood in my veins, and I feel a responsibility to carry the torch of the light of hope. I believe that now, more than ever, it is so important to maintain not only our hope but our faith. I'm very grateful for the attention being brought to the legacy of Black Wall Street and A.J. Smitherman. Knowing their story of success and triumph and how it tragically turned to massacre and destruction is vital to insuring history doesn't continue to repeat itself 100 years later.

One thing I know for certain is that building a brighter future will require all of us to summon our own inner superhero, like A.J. Smitherman and Chadwick Boseman before us, and work together to continue to fight for our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.