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Your health and accessing self-care services during COVID-19: 7 questions to ask

As self-care services start to open in Wisconsin and other states, you may feel uncertain about accessing these services.

Self-care is an important aspect of managing our lives and during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to these services has been put on hold. In a previous blog, Kelsie-Marie Offenwanger, clinical psychologist at Marshfield Clinic Health System, recommended self-care activities to de-stress and avoid burnout. Although exercise, journaling and meditation can be done at home, other self-care activities require you to venture out.

Thinking of getting a hair cut? Talk to the business to make sure you are prepared and safe.

How to care for yourself safely

You may be in desperate need of a haircut, or maybe your quarantine diet has taken its toll. Salons, spa locations, gyms and other forms of self-care have plans to reopen or have already reopened.

Any organization – big or small – should consider Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “resuming business toolkit,” which assists employers in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and helping them to the answer the question as to whether their doors should be open. CDC also has communication resources like signs or handouts that employers can use to educate about face covering, staying home when sick, hand hygiene and how to protect yourself and others.

With health and safety actions in place, you can have peace of mind as you relax and unwind.

Questions to ask when you access self-care services

If you are concerned about safe COVID-19 practices based on CDC recommendations or you want to be prepared for any restrictions or requirements, call ahead and ask questions such as:

  • What is current guidance from the state on your business?
  • What health and safety actions has your business put in place?
  • Are your employees screened for COVID-19 symptoms daily?
  • How often do you clean or disinfect your facility?
  • Do you have any requirements for customers like masks or social distancing?
  • Will you provide masks for customers and/or employees?
  • Have you had any employees confirmed or suspected of COVID-19?

Once you have asked the questions, you can decide if you feel comfortable and safe. If any answers make you feel uncomfortable with going at this time, reschedule or cancel your appointment in advance as a courtesy.

Additional precautions during self-care

If you decide you are comfortable with the business protocol, you should still protect yourself and others when leaving your home and follow CDC recommendations:

  • Stay home if you are sick or don’t feel well.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands for at least 20 seconds after being in a public place, after using the restroom, and after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Put a distance between yourself and other people.
  • When social distancing isn’t possible, wear a mask or face covering to prevent the spread of the virus.

Contact your provider if you have additional questions or concerns. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, use our online screening tool or call your provider to discuss if you need to be tested.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Marshfield Clinic Coronavirus Updates

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