To say that the global Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world would be an understatement. In less than a year, 106 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide! Unfortunately, the health effects of covid-19 do not only impact the individuals that contract the virus but the effects extend to their families, friends and everyone in the community. With regulations constantly changing, its completely normal to feel overwhelmed, anxious or stressed but making your health a priority is essential, especially during this challenging time.
Covid-19 proves to be an especially difficult time for people with health conditions, disability and mobility limitations. Covid-19 is especially difficult with individuals with co-morbidities as they are more susceptible to developing complications
It has been a global challenge to isolate everyone in our busy world, social distancing, quarantine, cancelled social events, wearing masks and postponing face to face meetings has been difficult for us. We have also realised that we can no longer take seeing our loved ones’ face to face for granted.
In our social lives, we thrive to interact with our friends, families, peers and the environment. A 2020 research study has found that people with a disability or mental health disorders including depressive, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorders are experiencing a detrimental impact on their health due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While it is crucial to stay home and stay safe to prevent Covid-19 transmission throughout our communities, the loss of routine, quarantining indoors for long periods of time, constant changes and financial and health stresses may negatively impact your health. If you usually rely on carers or support workers it can be difficult to have reduced access to services such as the NDIS.
Studies have shown that Quarantine during Covid-19 pandemic contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle and anxiety. These changes in diet and physical activity increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and are much worse for high-risk people who have many conditions.
It may be easy to neglect your health and wellbeing whilst you’re in quarantine so stay tuned and read our tips for staying healthy and happy whilst we fight Covid-19!
Stay tuned to find out more on how you can prioritise your health and happiness with 7 easy steps during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The constantly changing regulations, quarantine and changed work and school environments can make it very difficult to build and maintain a routine. However, having a routine during Covid-19 is essential to creating moments of certainty structure and stability during your day. Creating a plan for each day with set times for each task. For example, if you previously exercised, caught up with your support workers or went to the beach, find a way to make time for that now.
Unfortunately, overseas travel is out of the picture at the moment, but Australia is a beautiful country and we are blessed with the best accessible beaches in the world!
Gilani Engineering's sand cruiser beach terrain is an innovative beach wheelchair that is able to drive over sand and the sea making it possible to find your own secret destination. Plus it doubles up as a comfortable beach chair, so pack your bags and throw your feet up!
Comment down below where you would like to travel with the sand cruiser!
Something as simple as going for a daily walk with someone from your household if you can leave the house or scheduling lunch catch-ups by phone are essential for your mental well-being. Going for around the neighbourhood is a lot more enjoyable with a comfortable electric or manual wheelchair if you have someone with you. Alternatively, Gilani Engineering's electric mobility scooters Sydney are made to withstand uneven ground and can travel at fast speeds making it easy and convenient to commute.
Physical activity is all about moving your body in a way that makes you feel good. Try to work up to 30-60 minutes of active movement in your day every day to keep your heart and body healthy. Exercise has shown to increase your endorphin levels and keep you happy, it can also make you feel less sluggish. A combination of strength and endurance exercise is essential to strengthen your heart, muscles, joints and tendons. This is especially important if you are quarantined at home and does wonders for the future you.
Playing sport is another fun way to keep healthy and active and one of the most entertaining sports is wheelchair basketball. Wheelchair sports increases your heart rate and challenges your body keeping you fit, healthy and strong.
One of the most effective ways to prevent falls is to do strength and balance exercises. The good news is that you don’t need a gym to do strength exercises. Aim for 60 minutes of strength exercises 3 times a week or break it up in 30 mins 6 times a week for the best results. Try aiming for at least 10 minutes of challenging balance exercises per day to keep you in tip top shape! If you have a wheelchair you can do seated balance exercises.
How is your workstation set up at home? Make sure to sit in a comfortable ergonomic chair with lumbar support and a break after 25mins of continuous sitting. Here at Gilani Engineering we custom make comfortable memory foam, gel and inflatable cushions providing you with support if you are working from home in a wheelchair.
Kick bad habits and get healthy! Not quite sure if you’re eating the right foods? Base your diet around lean protein and healthy veggies and limit processed sugary foods. You do not have to cut out all the foods you love but you can start simply by swapping your favourite treats to a healthier alternative. Have a look at the NSW healthy eating tips for more ideas.
Sometimes the simplest recipes and snacks are the best. Don't feel the pressure to whip up a gourmet feast just because you and your family are home. Simple nutritional recipes are good for your time, money and health.
One of the best things you can do to improve your health is to drink more water. Staying hydrated can boost your mood, improve your brain function, increase energy, alertness and reduce hunger. Water is an integral ingredient for your existence. I mean we are approximately 70% water so we should definitely stay hydrated! One way to remind yourself to drink water is by always carrying a bottle (or two) with you. Especially when you are out and about the exposure to the sun, heat and activity can make you dehydrated. That is why Gilani Engineering recommends using a bottle holder to remind yourself to stay hydrated!
Gilani Engineering is located in Smithfield in Sydney NSW and has been affected by Covid-19 government regulations many times in the past year. Therefore it is imperative that we take the advice of the local Fairfield City Council to keep all our clients, staff, families and community safe.
Our innovative team of industry-leading engineers have put their thinking caps on in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and have developed taxi and rideshare partition screens to prevent the spread of Covid-19. As we are in the heart of Smithfield, we have also opened our doors to Occupational Therapists and other Allied health professionals to utilise our complimentary conference rooms.
Contact us today and speak to one of our friendly staff if you would like to book our conference rooms free of charge!
At Gilani Engineering, we ensure to keep our visitors and staff safe by implementing the use of face masks, social distancing, providing hand sanitisers to visitors and wiping all showroom equipment down prior to and after use.
Our policy always has been to uphold the utmost highest hygiene standards and amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, we are holding these policies more stringently.
Our store policy was always to ensure that we do not sell second-hand cushions or mattresses prior to the Covid-19 pandemic and we still maintain the same policy to prevent transmission and overall hygiene.
Contact us today to see how we can help!
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