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It is a challenging time for everyone right now and it’s hard to find stability in our lives. While many things are beyond our control, there are many things that we can control. When we are anxious and fearful, working some of these things into our lives can be empowering and comforting.
Focusing on establishing new practices of self-care can support your immune system and overall physical and mental health.
Maintain a routine
Do your best to maintain a regular routine: sleep, exercise, and diet.
- Set a regular sleep and wake schedule and stick to it as much as possible.
- If you are able, go for a walk in your neighborhood or on a trail, while keeping six feet apart from others. If you’d rather exercise at home, take advantage of the many online exercise routines available for free.
- Try at-home yoga or exercise.
- Take this time to practice new, healthy recipes. With more time at home, cooking can be an outlet that helps keep both our minds and bodies healthy.
Avoid crowds, but stay connected.
- Connect with a friend via phone or video chat. Sharing your concerns and anxieties is helpful. The other person likely has the same or similar concerns.
- Reach out to a family member or neighbor – let them know you’re thinking about them.
- Share meals with family or roommates.
- If you are able, help a neighbor who is at high-risk. Offer to pick up groceries or other necessities and leave them at the front door.
Be intentional about making time for fun and joy.
- Limit the amount of times you look at the news to only a few times or once per day from a reliable source. Watch a movie or catch up some comedies instead.
- Play a game.
- Start a new hobby.
- Have a dance party.
Nurture your mental health
Adopt new practices to care for your mental health during this stressful time.
- Take a deep breath. Practice yoga or mindfulness.
- If you meet with a therapist, let them know your concerns about coronavirus. If you don’t have a regular therapist, contact your healthcare provider.
The Key to Mold is Moisture Control
Tiny mold spores are all around us, both indoors and outdoors. Mold spores travel easily through the air and begin to grow indoors when moisture is present. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores from the indoors, so the best way to control mold growth is to control indoor moisture. When indoor conditions are just right, mold spores can grow and become a problem. By taking important steps, you can prevent and control mold growth inside your home.
Mold spores need 3 things to grow:
- A nutrient source (i.e., wood, paper, or other materials)
- The right temperature
Of these three conditions, the most important to control is moisture. Indoor mold growth is really a sign that moisture is present. If indoor moisture is controlled, mold will not grow.
Fixing the Mold Problem
Since moisture is essential for mold growth, do all you can to quickly identify and fix any source causing too much indoor moisture. Common household problems that lead to indoor moisture issues include:
- Roof leaks.
- Leaking pipes or plumbing fixtures.
- Condensation due to high indoor humidity.
- Indoor flooding.
After all moisture and water problems have been fixed, clean the moldy area and keep the area dry.
If you cannot identify the moisture source, or if you are dealing with a large mold and water problem, consider a professional home inspection. Visit our Wisconsin Mold Contractor's page for a listing of indoor air consultants and mold remediation contractors.
Preventing Mold Growth
Important actions can be taken to prevent indoor mold from becoming a problem:
- Keep indoor spaces well ventilated and dry. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help.
- Keep indoor humidity levels below 50%.
- Clean bathrooms often and keep surfaces dry. Run the bathroom ventilation fan during and after showers.
- Promptly fix water leaks.
- Clean up and dry your home fully and quickly (within 24-48 hours) after any flooding event.
Testing for Mold
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services does not recommend testing for mold because:
- Federal standards or limits for airborne mold concentrations or mold spores do not exist.
- Mold spores are everywhere around us, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold testing can be expensive.
If you see or smell mold, it is present. In any situation, your approach should be to find the moisture source, fix it, and clean what you can.
Tips for Food Safety in a Power Outage
For more information, visit: https://www.foodsafety.gov/food-safety-charts/food-safety-during-power-outage