As the world struggles to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, here are a few simple but effective precautionary steps you and your loved ones can take to maintain security and safety while you stay at home; whether your state is on total or part lockdown.
- Be Kind to Yourself and Everyone Around You
These are tough, uncertain times, and the best thing we all can do is be kind to ourselves and our neighbours as we all go through it. Eat normal, tasty, healthy foods. Don’t get too isolated; check-in with your people. Get on the phone or FaceTime and call your family and friends regularly — you’ll probably need it, and so will they.
Plan both your entertainment and personal development; whether you are reading a book, taking an online course or watching movies, make sure you do it well and enjoy the present.
- Get Moving and Keep Fit
Staying at home does not have to mean bye-bye to fitness goals. There are plenty of workouts you can do from the comfort of your own home and there are a bunch of exercises you can do without any equipment. Doing so will seriously help both your physical and mental health.
You can find ample fitness resources online. For instance, YouTube has tons of channels that offer instruction in everything from yoga to Pilates to strength training.
- Go Green, If you Can
You can also use this time to finally explore your farming side. If you can, start a garden in your backyard or on your front porch. You can also grow potted plants within your home if you don’t have lots of space.
A bit of gardening will get you active, lighten your mood, help you grow some of your own food plus the extra Vitamin D is great for your immune system.
- Get Online But Beware!
Amid the current uncertainty, online activities have increased. And along with the higher reliance on online platforms and digital tools comes more risk of cybercrimes. These tips will help you online:
- Skip using public wi-fi to access online or mobile banking. Update your passwords and close past sessions that you are no longer using.
- Turn on login alerts for your accounts so you will be notified whenever a login attempt is made on any of your accounts and block it if you did not initiate it.
- Be on the lookout for phishing and scam. Be vigilant and do not be enticed by bogus investment schemes or quick income offers. If it seems too good to be true, it often is.
- Do not click on any suspicious links from banks, government or public institutions such as WHO. Do not accept offers that require submitting personal data such as your BVN, bank PIN, National Identity Number, no matter how ‘appealing’ they may seem. Verify all information on offers, promotions, giveaways, etc. from the appropriate institution first.
- Also, avoid messages that ask for personal information or money from an unknown individual claiming to be in a dire situation or contacting you on behalf of a close relation who needs your help. Stay connected with your loved ones through calls, Facetime, Skype, etc.
- Please, also note that Winich Farms will never ask you for login information to your account as a sponsor on our platform. So, be wary and do not respond to such requests or similar ones from your investment/banking platforms.
- Be Careful Indoors
You might be taking this opportunity to do some odd jobs around the house and garden. Before digging in, make sure you’re still taking these steps to be safe:
- Use all the safety gear you normally would, such as closed shoes and protective eyewear.
- Keep in mind that children might be around more than normal. Make sure someone is still supervising the kids, and keep tools and sharp objects out of their reach.
- Keep medicine, paints, sprays, chemicals and solvents with the lids on when you’re not using them, and out of your children’s reach.
- Maintain Good Hygiene
Wash your hands frequently with soap and running water for at least 20 to 30 seconds – even when you’re at home. Alternatively, you can use hand sanitizer. If you have been in a public place, don’t touch your face until you clean your hands thoroughly.
Also, ensure that you and the people around you are following good respiratory hygiene. This means that when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue. Then, dispose of the used tissue immediately.
With these few steps in place, you should be able to maximize your safety this season. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy this period and beyond!