During these high-stress times, decision-making can be clouded by anxiety, fear and lack of information. Experts from Texas A&M offer a few recommendations for your physical and mental health.

Stay Well While Working

With working from home becoming the new norm, some are setting up work stations at home for the first time. In order to reduce health issues from eye strain to body aches, the experts at the Texas A&M Ergonomics Center encourage optimum comfort, no matter where you work. “Whether you sit on the living room floor, work on a picnic table outside or even work from the couch… remember to listen to your body. If you’re uncomfortable or something feels a little funny, move around and do something different,” advises ergonomist and project manager Martha Parker.”

Don’t Start Stockpiling

Social distancing means fewer trips to the stores, but this doesn’t have to mean hoarding. “The resounding message from public health authorities is to prepare but don’t panic. We all must rely on each other during a pandemic; buying more than you need can endanger others,” says Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist, Miquela Smith. Remember that social distancing requires only a two-week supply of items.

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Keep the Kids Engaged

Many communities have been forced to close schools and child daycare centers. “For parents and other caregivers at home with children during this extended period of social distancing, this presents additional challenges,” said Monty Dozier, director for the Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service’s Disaster Assessment and Recovery Unit. To help keep kids occupied and continuing their education while stuck at home, Texas A&M University provides a wealth of online resources for kids, focused on health and history, gardening and healthy cooking.

Ask About Telehealth Services

As a result of the pandemic and the restrictions it has created, telehealth is sometimes an option for those seeking healthcare services. Using video conferencing, wireless communications, remote data collection and image streaming, health care professionals can reach patients who cannot make it to a clinic. “Telehealth has always been a great option, but COVID-19 is now forcing the option for a lot of providers across the nation,” said Katie Console, program coordinator at Texas A&M Telebehavioral Care and counseling doctoral psychology student in the College of Education & Human Development.

Together, we can do our part to avoid escalating the issues we are already facing as a nation. Texas A&M is dedicated to helping wherever we can to keep us all safer and out of harm’s way. For the latest COVID-19 news and updates, go to today.tamu.edu.