Supporting Your Health During Challenging Times

2020-03-24 Supporting Your Health During Challenging Times

During these challenging times, we are all faced with many unknowns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our lives and our health. Our mission at the Football Players Health Study has always been to support the health and wellbeing of former NFL players and their families. We feel this mission as strongly as ever and would like to offer suggestions for supporting your own health.
 
SUPPORTING YOUR HEALTH
Maintain your mental and emotional health.
If you need support, call the NFL Life Line at 1-800-506-0078. The NFL Life Line is a confidential 24/7 resource available to former players, active players, family members, coaches, and anyone who might need it. Call to speak with a trained counselor who can offer emotional and mental health support, as well as resources. 
 
Take this time to reconnect with friends, family members, or even your college roommate. Use a video conferencing app or make a good old-fashioned phone call to catch up and check in. Staying emotionally connected to others even when you’re physically apart is as important as ever.
 
Stay engaged.
  • If you have a little extra time on your hands, you can read about our research or complete a survey for the Football Players Health Study.
  • Pick up a book or find a crossword puzzle online to keep your brain sharp and learn something new.
If you'd like to complete a survey now, you are eligible for the First Health and Wellness Questionnaire (Q1).
 
Stay active.
Even if you are not going to the gym, you can still get your heart pumping in creative ways.
  • Find everyday objects (like those cans of pumpkin you bought in November or a heavy book) to use as free weights.
  • Exercises like jumping jacks, squats, and push-ups can be done in a short amount of time and with a small amount space. Do a few quick sets to do your body a favor.
  • YouTube is also full of free exercise videos. Find a HIIT video or try yoga for the first time.
Stay aware.
While you’ve likely received plenty of information about the coronavirus, these two Harvard resources may be helpful:
 
 
 
HOW WE'RE RESPONDING TO COVID-19
  • We have postponed our In-Person Assessments in Boston, but we are continuing to screen and enroll participants for when we resume the study.
  • Our team is working remotely. While we won’t be able to fulfill individual t-shirt or paper survey requests, we would be happy to answer queries via email at players@footballplayershealth.harvard.edu
  • We will continue to share health and wellness tips via Twitter. While these are not intended as medical treatment or advice, we hope that they will be a source of support for you and your loved ones during this time. Please continue to stay in touch on all our social media channels, which include Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. 
Be well, and thank you for safeguarding your health and the health of your community,
 
The Football Players Health Study Team

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