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“Healthy body helps for healthy mind,” says Ministry of Health

Posted: Tuesday, August 25, 2020. 11:55 am CST.

By BBN Staff: Belizeans are encouraged to look after their physical health as a means of coping with COVID-19-induced stress, according to recommendations made by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

During its mental health centered session of Ask the Experts, the MOH had a representative from its mental health unit speak on the positive impact that a healthy body can have.

Mental Health Coordinator for the MOH, Iveth Quintanilla, noted that eating healthy food, getting enough sleep and regular physical activity  such as walking, running or cycling, are all effective means of addressing the widespread anxiety being brought on by the ongoing pandemic. She also noted that since it does not require a lot of effort or resources to do many of these things, the means to fight COVID-19 stress is widely available to everyone.

“So even if you are in self quarantine or you are workkng from home, there are many ways to develop new routines and staying healthy,” Quintanilla  said. “Of importance to mention is that we should stay away from alcohol because that will not help the situation it will only make the situation worse.”

She also noted that the MOH decided to focus on mental health for today’s session, as the Ministry is aware that the situation regarding the pandemic and the restrictions placed to fight it is new to Belizeans and causing increasing and prolonged discomfort, which will inevitably have an effect on peoples’ mental health.


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