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COVID-19 4Ms

Staying Healthy during COVID-19

Practice the 4Ms to support your health and wellness while staying home.

WHAT MATTERS

  • Identify your vital connections. List the people you view as essential to your health, well-being, and quality of life.
  • Keep in touch with the ones you love. Create a routine to stay in touch with friends and family by phone, email, letters, or video conference using FaceTime/Skype/Zoom. For more, visit:
  • Do What Matters. Stick with what is satisfying, while making sure you limit physical contact with others. Get creative, eat healthy meals, consider how you might support others, and stay connected. For more, visit:

MENTATION (Mind and Mood)

MOBILITY

  • Get outside. Social distancing does NOT mean you have to stay inside. Get some fresh air and connect with nature. Take a walk, sit outside, or enjoy some gardening. If you are unable to go outside, open a window and listen to the sounds of nature.
  • Stay as physically active as possible. Find ways to keep moving every day. Take a walk in the neighborhood or try an online workout. For free online fitness programs, visit the National Institute on Aging or Home Strong.
  • Get creative.. Being physically active is more sustainable when it is something that is enjoyable. For some, that may be walking, dancing, or stretching. For others, it may be chair exercises or tai chi. Incorporating elements such as music and humor can keep you active and engaged.

MEDICATIONS

  • Prescription refills. Call your healthcare provider and ask how they are caring for their patients. You may have a telephone or online visit. Plan ahead for medication refills and ask if any of your prescriptions can be filled as a 90-day supply.
  • Keep a routine. Continue to wake up and go to sleep at the same time every day. Eat meals at normal times and continue taking your medications.
  • Create and maintain an up-to-date medication list. Be sure to record the name of each prescription medication (including over-the counter medications, vitamins, and supplements), the dosage and frequency, the prescribing healthcare provider, the purpose of each medication, and whether it is for short-term or long-term use.