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3 Ways to Boost Your Wellness While Social Distancing

While you stay at home practicing social distancing, we've compiled some tips and infor-mation to keep you smiling and healthy-inside and out!

1. Improve Your Dental Wellness

The health of your mouth impacts your entire body! So, even though you may be home from work or school, it's still as important as ever to practice good dental and periodontal health habits. Poor oral hygiene has been linked to heart disease, a weakened immune system, inflammation, and even poor brain function. If you want to take control of your health, improving your oral hygiene is an excellent way to make a difference.

Take advantage of your time at home, and start taking better care of your dental health today. We recommend the following:

  • While you're home, remember to brush properly (and thoroughly) after each meal. Use a 45-degree angle—without pressing too hard—to remove plaque from all reach-able tooth surfaces.
  • Keep oral bacteria to a minimum. Throw out your toothbrush after three months of use or after being sick. (It is possible to re-infect yourself with bacteria on your tooth-brush!). And, rather than storing your toothbrush in a cabinet or putting a cap on it, leave it out to dry. Bacteria thrive in dark, damp environments.

2. Boost Your Mental Wellness

While you stay home social distancing, make sure you are prioritizing your mental health, too. Aim to reduce your stress levels and spend quality time with your friends and fami-ly—even if some of that time is virtual! For instance, our Bowen Legacy Dental family is still having regular team meetings... on Zoom! It's a great way to stay connected.

Now is also a great time to reconnect with nature, enjoy the beautiful weather, and start living a more active lifestyle. If you and your children are tired of being stuck inside all day, go for a walk or take a nice hike together. Laura and her family have been enjoying the great outdoors—while still maintaining social distancing.

While Kara has been at home, she and her family have enjoyed making encouraging chalk drawings together. It's a great way to combine art, family time, and creativity while spreading joy to others!

3. Nurture Your Whole-Body Wellness

Take this extra time at home to practice living a healthier, more active lifestyle. Fitness im-proves your overall wellness in many ways: from boosting your immune system and de-creasing your chance of developing chronic diseases to helping you get better sleep, strengthening your bones, and reducing inflammation.

Even though you may not be able to hit the gym, you can still support local Columbus gyms and studios without having to leave the house. Try System of Strength or Barre3 for online classes that you'll love. You'll feel amazing knowing that you helped support these wonderful Columbus businesses while also completing an energizing, healthful workout.

We hope you enjoy these tips and take some time to practice a little wellness-today and every day! Follow us on social media for more. We love connecting with you!

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