I doubt in anyone’s WILDEST dreams did this year turn out looking like this. Where staying healthy in 2020 was an Olympic sport and locking yourself indoors watching ALL THE NETFLIX won you the gold medal.
I mean honestly, who knew?
Our family has taken this pandemic very seriously! We’ve done exactly what was asked of us and did our part in keeping our community safe. Staying inside, schooling from home, only going out for necessities, keeping our distance, avoid touching our faces and washing our hands like a mad-man. Not Trudeau or Henry’s exact wording when they took to the podium, but I’m certain it was on their first draft.
Beyond our Prime Minister and Provincial Health Officer’s orders, I’ve come up with ways I feel would continue to keep my family safe as we see restriction lift. And because “sharing is caring” …
these are the 5 things were doing to stay healthy in 2020:
Daily IMMUNITY BOOST for the whole family
Everyone in our family gets a multivitamin at breakfast. And when I forget both Sofia and Stella ensure I know their “morning candy” was missed. Since March we have upgraded our multivitamin to include an immune booster. Honibe offers kids and adults multivitamin with an immune boost. They also have adult honey lozenges that I just love. They have so many, but my 2 favorites are the Vitamin C lozenge which only has 3 ingredients and the Immune lozenge with 5 simple ingredients.
Between our families daily multivitamin immune boost and Sammy and myself popping a lozenge before going out in to the wild (aka public), I feel good knowing that I’ve done what I can internally to shield myself and my family.
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MASKS in public
I hopped on this bandwagon quite early in the game. Well before officials deemed it important to wear, to me it seemed like an obvious choice if you had to go out. I had masks made for the entire family when there were no N95’s to be found. By May everyone in our family has strong opinions when it comes to their masks. From personal favorites, to how to wear them behind their ears and how to remove them properly. Who knew a 3 and 8 year old would have so much to say about mask etiquette.
HAND WASHING rule of thumb
Our hands have taken a serious hit from all this hand washing but I think we can agree, the latter is much worst. The rule of thumb for hand washing in our family is when we walk through ANY door (our home, friends or family) – we greet with ONLY our voices. It’s straight to the washroom for a little happy birthday hand washing song and dance.
The CDC recommends washing your hands for 20 seconds to get them clean. Equally you can sing happy birthday twice and rinse clean.
SANITIZER in every pocket
Our first choice is and will always be soap and water, but in the case it’s not available, then sanitizer it is. We have bottles of sanitizer available literally EVERYWHERE. In the car, in my purse, back door, basement door, and the front door. We want to ensure that when in need, it’s readily available. Overkill? YUP! But we’re okay with that. Nothing seems crazy anymore when trying to stay healthy in 2020.
Keep our DISTANCE from all
While I keep 6′ away, the girls prefer to keep a llama-away from anyone not in our “bubble”. Since March I can count on both hands how many times I have gone in public and needed to use this rule. While most businesses now have dedicated spots marked on where you can stand and one-ways down aisles (which can make for an extremely long grocery shop I may add) there are some places that do not. We keep this rule of thumb everywhere we go including the motto “just look, don’t touch”.
I think we can all agree that 2020 has taken us all off guard. We’re doing the best we can with what cards we’ve been dealt. What things have you been doing to stay healthy in 2020?
I say keep showing up for your family, doing what feels right and continue to help flatten that curve in your community. We sure as heck can’t do this alone, it’s going to take the WHOLE VILLAGE.
We got this world!