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Simple Choices To Guard Against Coronavirus Mental Health Issues

Updated on May 15, 2020
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Cheryl is a licensed/ordained minister and the founder of two outreach ministries. She has an AA in Psychology and a BA in biblical studies

A merry heart is good medicine
A merry heart is good medicine

Medical Disclaimer

This hub is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose or treat any illness and is not offering a cure or 100% protection from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This article discusses what medical professionals are saying may possibly benefit individuals who desire to stay healthy. Please make sure you continue to wash your hands frequently and wear a mask or gloves as has been recommended.

A merry heart

Proverbs 17:22 says A merry heart does good like medicine but a broken spirit dries the bones. During this difficult time try to find things to make you laugh. Watch cartoons of favorite episodes of classic television shows. Being happy won't cure coronavirus or keep you from getting it but can benefit your outlook and decrease risk of depression. As difficult as it might be, try to find things every day that bring you joy and take your mind off of what is going on around you. If you feel like you are doing things that may keep you safe, this will brighten your overall attitude. It's difficult to simply shelter in place and feel helpless so why not help yourself?


According to Zhen Yan, from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, exercise,(which includes walking) may prevent serious health issues for those who contract COVID-19. Research indicates that even a single session of exercise increases production of the antioxidant EcSOD,which Yan is urging people to find ways to exercise evenin the midst of social distancing. “He added that regular exercise has far more health benefits than we are aware of. he says protecting against severe respiratory diseases such as coronavirus is but one benefit.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C cannot cure COVID-19 but it can boost your immune system and possibly ward off colds and flu. Some studies have shown that taking Vitamin C supplements can shorten the duration of a cold. According to WebMD, There is a small study related to high doses of vitamin C either by mouth or through an IV (intravenous). In that parfticular study, high-dose vitamin C seemed to decrease the time seriously ill individuals with COVID-19 spent on a ventilator. .Additional research is underway to better understand how intravenous Vitamin C may benefit coronavirus's best to obtain Vitamin C from fruits and vegetables and supplements should be taken only as directed. Talk to your health care provider before embarking on taking supplements.

Tonic Water

Tonic water with quinine has been used for centuries to treat malaria patients. This is why the internet has been abuzz regarding the use of tonic water and zinc as a method to prevent or treat the coronavirus. The quinine in tonic water contains, a medicine that is distantly related to hydroxychloroquine. This is the drug that is being tested for the treatment of COVID-19. Unfortunately, the concentration of quinine in tonic water is significantly below the levels that are in anti-malaria drugs.

Zinc will not prevent or cure COVID-19, but it is essential for a healthy immune system which helps your body fight bacteria and viruses. The medical community does not advise anyone guzzling down tonic water in an attempt to obtain enough to be beneficial. What is recommended is that you are washing your hands, social distancing, eating healthy, staying hydrated and getting enough sleep. Drinking a little tonic water, along with these other methods may give you the feeling that you are doing all you can to stay healthy and ease your mind. Tonic water with quinine has been shown to prevent night time leg cramps.

Keep the distance

Continue to follow social distancing rules, wash your hands frequently, and wear your mask. Now that some restrictions are easing, you will encounter people who don't seem to care. You cannot control the choices of others but make sure you do what is best for yourself. I watched Aa young man in a store turn to his left and cough on purpose out into the air. He then turned to his right and did the same thing. I was hoping he did not have the virus and was trying to spread it. If someone gets to close to you try to move away without a confrontation. I had two women in a store seem to follow me as I got near a register. Every time I moved, they moved two and were laughing. They were not wearing masks. The coronavirus is real and it you don't believe it just ask the people who have buried loved ones because of it. Once you understand that not everyone is going to play by the rules, you won'y be so surprised as you see the restrictions being broken. Do all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and pray for those you see who are being ignorant and or mean spirited during this critical time.


The truth is that there is no rhyme or reason to the coronavirus and no guarantees where it is concerned. Young people have died from the pandemic and yet many individuals between 95 and 100 have survived COVID-19. It is important to follow every guideline that has been outlined in order to remain safe and be mindful of the safety of others. It may be possible for some, (but not everyone) to boost their chances of preventing or decrease risk of illness,and death including from the pandemic. Wash your hands often, practice social distancing, walk/exercise, increase intake of Vitamin C, find things to laugh at, and drink tonic water with quinine. You will probably feel much better about you chances of survival if you believe you are doing things that may help you. Believers in Christ should rejoice and thank Him at all times. Being thankful will always improve your emotional well being.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston


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      Cheryl E Preston 

      11 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank yiul

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Informative and a useful hub. In such times people can go insane.


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