Turn a negative situation into positive life-changing actions.

 

How can we turn a coronavirus quarantine into a meaningful and happy time?  

We don’t have a choice: The number of coronavirus/COVID-19 infected patients is growing and a lot of people are still dying every day in the United States from COVID-19 infection. We now know that people can be contagious without ever showing symptoms. A number of treatments and a potential vaccine are in clinical trials, but we need time before those treatments and/or that vaccine can be administered safely.  

Because we have to wait until the tsunami of infections is over, the safest thing we can do right now is to stay home and use the precious time the best way we can.

So, let’s take the opportunity to do things we would never have done before.

Here are seven ways to turn a negative pandemic into positive life-changing actions:

1. Learn how to better assess your health at home.

Get everything you need at home so that your doctor has all the vitals necessary to judge how healthy or sick you are. To start with, buy a thermometer and a blood pressure monitor.  

If, in addition, you want to assess your blood oxygen level, get a pulse oximeter, which will detect low oxygen levels—when used at night, it can detect obstructive sleep apnea. If you feel your heart beating abnormally at times, get a home ECG monitor. Read my last blog post to learn how to use those devices. 

Originally Published on Psychology Today

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