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Posted: April 10, 2020


April 9, 2020

Stay on track while social distancing

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes well-being tips during COVID-19 pandemic 


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, offers tips for mental and physical well-being during physical distancing at home. 


During this 2020 pandemic, many people are staying home to help flatten the curve by not spreading the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. 


“When working at home it is beneficial for your mental and physical health to stay close to your normal routine,” Misty Gillespie said, OKCIC’s Behavioral Health Director. “Incorporating your daily schedule, such as sleep habits, activity level, and taking breaks from work, helps with resiliency.”  


According to Sleep Foundation, you can stay on track with your at-home routine by having time cues throughout the day, including: 

  • Showering and getting dressed, even if you aren’t leaving the house.

  • Eating meals at the same time each day. 

  • Blocking off specific time periods for work and exercise. 

“Keeping consistent times for meals, bathing, sleeping, working and exercising allows you to feel more of a sense of control.” Gillespie said.

Mayo Clinic suggests that other ways to help your mental and physical health is by:

  • Eating Healthy. Choosing a well-balanced diet and avoiding excessive amounts of junk food, refined sugar and caffeine. 

  • Limiting screen time. Turn off electronic devices for some time each day, including 30 minutes before bed. Hearing and seeing constant news about COVID-19 from devices can heighten fears. Look for reliable sources when searching for updated information, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and the U.S. Surgeon General.

  • Set priorities. Don’t become overwhelmed by creating a list of things to achieve while you’re home. Create reasonable goals each day and steps you can take to reach those goals.

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and  wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit

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