Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
Life as we knew it has been turned upside down. By now you probably have heard the phrase “the new normal.” You might even be doing your best to adjust to this new normal. While navigating through this unfamiliar territory, Ochsner Health has some tips to help you remain calm while also taking this pandemic seriously.
Stay informed but not overwhelmed
It’s easy to get bombarded with coronavirus updates and daily news. Make sure you’re getting updates from trusted news organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and Ochsner Health. These organizations will provide the most up to date stats and facts regarding COVID-19. However, when consuming news in times of crises, it’s important to strike a balance between informing and overwhelming yourself. If you find that the constant updates are causing anxiety, consider muting your news notification or check your social media sparingly.
Today’s measures are for a better tomorrow
There might be a lot of discussion as to whether self-quarantine is necessary. Staying home, limiting time with friends, and missing out on going to restaurants and bars can feel restricting. But what we do today can make a big difference two weeks down the line. Practicing social distancing can help stop the spread of the virus and help hospitals provide the best care without running out of beds or medical supplies. As difficult as the time may seem, remember the point of the self-quarantine is to save lives.
Take time to be present and be creative
Just because we are self-quarantining ourselves doesn’t mean you have to put your life on hold. If you can’t make it out to your favorite restaurant, look up the recipe to your favorite dish and try to make it yourself. And if you aren’t the creative type, practice being mindful. Time alone doesn’t have to be boring; taking time to be grateful can set the tone for your day.
We are in this together
These might seem like dark days, but what makes this event unique is that we are all in this together. We are all experiencing this new normal. Sometimes it takes a crisis to bring out the best in everyone. Take this opportunity to help someone who might be elderly or immunocompromised. Having gone through Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf South is better prepared than most other cities. We got through that, we’ll get through this!
For the latest updates on Ochsner’s response to COVID-19 visit Ochsner.org/coronavirus
About Ochsner Health
Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Ochsner Health is a not-for-profit committed to giving back to the communities it serves through preventative screenings, health and wellness resources and partnerships with innovative organizations that share our vision. Ochsner Health healed more than 876,000 people from across the globe in 2019, providing the latest medical breakthroughs and therapies, including digital medicine for chronic conditions and telehealth specialty services. Ochsner Health is a national leader, named the top hospital in Louisiana and a top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report. As Louisiana’s leading healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. Ochsner Health is innovating healthcare by investing in new technologies and research to make world-class care more accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner's team of more than 26,000 employees and 4,500 providers are working to reinvent the future of health and wellness in the region. To learn more about Ochsner Health, please visit www.ochsner.org. To transform your health, please visit www.ochsner.org/healthyyou.