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Make the Most of Your Summer, Socially Distanced!

Socially Distanced Summer

Who else feels like this summer is flying by?! Now that we are entering the last half of the summer it feels like it is time to really make the most of the warm weather. But it’s still important to be mindful of COVID-19 guidelines and take precautions to keep your community safe. So how can you make the most of this summer while staying safe and healthy? 

Try out some of these activities that make it a little easier to stay safe while having fun in the sun. 

Running, Biking, or Walking 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: running, biking and walking are great ways to get outside and also get a workout in! And it’s actually pretty easy to stay safe while doing these activities in the summer. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • The most important tip: stay six feet away from others. We’ve all heard this tip a million times but for good reason. When choosing your route try to pick a low traffic area where you can easily put some distance between you and others. 
  • Try to avoid touching shared surfaces outside. For example, crosswalks, benches, and tables.
  • Bring enough water and even a snack so you don’t have to make any stops to refuel.

Beach Trip

Going to the beach is a summer must! Whether you prefer to lay on the beach and read a book or get out in the water, it’s such a fun way to spend the day. But it’s important to take precautions to ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others! 

Here are a few tips to keep your beach day safe: 

  • Find a beach that has less traffic. If you are like me and live in a city, you might have to drive a bit to find a more secluded beach. 
  • Bring your own supplies. Be sure to pack enough snacks, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer to last the day so you don’t have to make any stops. 
  • Find a spot on the beach that is away from others. As mentioned before, keeping your distance from others is key!

Camping /Road Trips

A road trip is such a fun way to get out of the house and add some variety to your week. Enjoy a day trip on the open road with a friend or two or make it a longer adventure and stop to camp along the way! This option is great because you can limit your interaction with the public and control where you stay. 

Take a look as some summer road trip safety tips:

  • Plan ahead! Make sure to look up the COVID-19 guidelines at your destination so you can make sure you are following their rules. 
  • Plan your trip with others who have been taking similar safety precautions as you have. 
  • Bring plenty of supplies so you don’t run out and have to make additional grocery trips. 
  • Make sure you are prepared with medications and pack extra just in case! Fill any prescriptions ahead of time and pack a first aid kit. 

Picnic

Spice up your usual summer lunch routine with a picnic! Whether you go to a park or just sit in your backyard, this can be a nice way to get some sunshine and fresh air in your day. And if you are looking for some recipe inspiration, check out our picnic blog for some tasty veggie recipes!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • BYOP (Bring Your Own Picnic) if you are meeting up with friends. This way you won’t have to share food, utensils, or drinks. 
  • And, you guessed it, keep your distance! Make sure you maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others. 

This summer has definitely been different than past summers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it! The most important thing you can do is be mindful of your community, the safety guidelines, and your own actions. 

How have you been spending your summer socially distanced?

Sources:

https://health.clevelandclinic.org/covid-19-how-to-stay-safe-during-outdoor-activities/

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Picnic Recipes: Summer Garden Vegetables!

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If you planted a garden this spring you have probably been busy harvesting all the fresh veggies! Nothing hits the spot like fresh vegetables especially after putting the time, sweat, and love into growing them. And what better way to enjoy them than out in the sunshine on a warm summer day! 

I’ve put together some great recipes for your garden veggies. And not only are these recipes tasty and easy to make, they are great picnic foods! Each recipe gives you a fun way to prepare your veggies and is easy to pack up and take on-the-go. And the best part? The recipes are all healthy so you can enjoy them guilt free. So grab a picnic basket and a blanket and prepare for the most delicious picnic ever!

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Your Summer Told By Diabetes Bags

Chillmed Summer

Managing your medications in the summer can be a pain. Getting out more and being away from home for longer hours means that being prepared is more important than ever. But with the right diabetes bags, you can enjoy your summer worry-free! So check out a few of the bags we have to offer and get to making those summer plans! Don’t let managing your medications hold you back.

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Stay Organized: First Aid Kit Edition

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When was the last time you checked your first aid kit? I hate to admit it but I haven’t taken stock of my first aid kit since I first put it together. Most of us are just grabbing a band aid here and there so it’s easy to just forget about it! That is until you actually need your first aid kit and realize just how low you’ve gotten on supplies. 

So here is your reminder: update your first aid kit! 

Now you might be wondering, what should I be checking for? What should be in my first aid kit? How often should I be checking my kit? Here is a quick guide to putting together a first aid kit and maintaining it to be sure it is always ready when you need it. 

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Stay Connected With Your Community

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Just like its important to stay connected with your family and friends during this time, it is important to stay connected within your community. So many services are now offered virtually, for example, speaking with a doctor or pharmacist, ordering food online, and virtual workout classes. Finding ways to safely support the local community can be huge. Whether that means ordering from local restaurants, finding programs that are giving back, or keeping your fellow community members safe by following health guidelines. 

 

Important note: Before starting, remember that each community has their own safety guidelines in place and that you should adhere to those guidelines. At the end of the day, the most important thing to do is keep your community safe! 

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Tips for Staying Connected Virtually

Stay Connected

With Coronavirus leading to stay at home orders and social distancing, it is easy to feel isolated and alone. According to experts, a lack of in person contact can actually lead to stress and loneliness. This is why it has become so important to stay connected with friends and family virtually! Video calls and messaging are becoming the new normal. But for many people digital communication is a new experience which can be stressful and confusing to figure out. But once you get over the initial learning period, it can be a fun and safe way to keep in touch with friends and family and keep your social life intact! 

This blog will cover several topics relating to connecting digitally. From different platforms and services to tips on scheduling to fun activities to do over a video call. I’ve also included some resources at the end of the blog to help you get started! 

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Spring Favorites!

GMS Spring Favorites

If you are new to GMS or just haven’t been here is a while, then this blog is for you! With such a wide variety of products, it can be easy to spend hours looking through the GMS website! So I’ve put together a list of my spring favorites to give you a good place to start. These spring must-haves will help you make the most of this spring and feel your best!

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Manage Your Medication and Get Active!

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After a long winter in the Midwest, the warm spring weather is so welcome! I will find any excuse to get outside and get my body moving. I know we are limited by this quarantine, but I am trying my best to stay physically active (while social distancing of course!) and I encourage you to do the same! According to experts, staying active can help reduce stress, boost your immune system, and improve your mood. I don’t know about you but I could definitely use a little mood boost today!

 

But when you live with a chronic illness or rely on medication throughout the day, leaving the house can turn into a hassle, especially with the added stress of social distancing. What if you forget something important or don’t have your medication when you need it most? But luckily, there are ways you can be prepared and still get outside and get moving. Let’s talk about managing your medication on-the-go!

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Spring Cleaning: Medicine Cabinet Edition

Medicine Cabinet

I LOVE spring cleaning! There is no better feeling than having a clean, organized house… Okay, maybe that is a little dramatic. But I really do enjoy the feeling of starting the spring with a clean place! But every year, without fail, I always forget to clean out one area of my house.

 

The medicine cabinet.

 

It is so important to keep our medicine cabinets clean and organized. Not only does it make finding what you need easier, but it can keep you safe too. Medications can expire, lose potency, or become accidentally mislabeled. So here are some tips on how to properly clean out your medicine cabinet during your spring cleaning!

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Spring Has Sprung… And So Have Seasonal Allergies

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Spring has Sprung!

 

And if you are like me, so have seasonal allergies.

 

Spring is a wonderful time of year. It brings fresh air, blooming flowers, and some much-needed warm sunshine! But for many people, it also triggers seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from mild to more extreme and can make springtime unenjoyable. But luckily, there are steps you can take to help relieve your symptoms and enjoy your spring. Through research and my own personal experience with seasonal and year-round allergies I have learned a lot. So, I’ve put together the most helpful information I have found on allergies and how to manage the symptoms!

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