Maintaining a sense of normalcy during the corona-virus pandemic is crucial. These are unsettling times and it might feel like everything is out of control. The cities are under lockdown, people are working from home, and now prefer an online doctor visit to stay out of clinics and hospitals that may have infected Covid-19 patients. Not only this but even the day-to-day routines have been thrown into disarray. And until when things are going to stay like this is far from certain.
However, there are things we have to keep in mind while the lock-down persists. Of course, social distancing is the key to curbing the corona-virus. Aside from that, you have to wash your hands regularly with soap and keep your surroundings clean to stay healthy and protected. But more importantly you need to switch to a healthier lifestyle and bring your life back on the track while you are quarantined. Here are a few tips that will help you stay healthy.
As a matter of fact, eating healthy is vital not only for our body health but also for our mind. And training the mind to be healthy and productive should be our ultimate goal, particularly now that we will be spending the rest of our days inside. So, make sure you eat healthy food. To do the same you don’t have to necessarily follow a strict diet. It can be as simple as avoiding processed and junk food. After all, these foods are very high in sugar.
The best foods that are good for mental and physical well-being ideally include green vegetables. Also, such foods are rich in vitamin A, B, C, D, E along with minerals like iron, selenium, and zinc. So, make sure you consume these essential nutrients from foods such as broccoli, beans, spinach, bananas, fish, beetroot, poultry, and eggs.
Exercise has long been linked to good health and better sleep. So, in the time of crisis, it becomes even more important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Given the fact that most of us will be staying at home or else working from home, exercise will help us feel good. It will also help reduce stress, anxiety, and improve our memory.
Gym and sports activities might be off the agenda currently but you can certainly exercise inside your home. WHO recommends that you should exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Adults should at least work for a minimum of 150 minutes throughout the week and anyone aged between 18-64 should carry out physical activities to avoid mental stress. You can even break the exercise routine into ten minutes of workout sessions. For instance, 10 minutes in the morning, 10 in the afternoon, and then 10 minutes in the evening. If you establish this routine you will be able to form a daily healthy routine for yourself.
While that’s what WHO suggests, here are some tips that I feel will help you stay healthy. Walk up and down the stairs in your building, jog inside your room, try some shadow boxing, or even do regular push-ups and sit-ups while you are locked down inside your home.
Take Short Breaks Between Work
Lock-down has forced most businesses to work from home. You, me and many more like us are working from home to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the culture of working from home requires you to be extra cautious. So, make sure that you rest for a short period of time and compensate for the energy lost. Ideally, you can take a break for say ten minutes and walk in the balcony to refresh your mind. However, don’t exceed the breaks and plan your breaks beforehand.
Get Adequate Sleep
Sleep is essential for our bodies to clear toxins, repair cells, and re-energize the immune system. It is one of the best processes to help stock up lost energy for the coming days. So, all of you currently under lockdown should sleep for a maximum of eight hours in the night. After all, only a good night’s sleep can help you keep your mind and body healthy.
Practice Good Hygiene
Only because you are no longer allowed to go out, does not mean that you stop maintaining proper hygiene inside your home. In fact, you have to be extra cautious inside your house. Make sure that you clean your house with disinfectants, wash your hands carefully, keep your hands away from your face, and practice good hygiene.
Even doctors suggest that it is important to observe hygiene practices while staying home. Cleaning towels, gym equipment, pillow covers, bed-covers, and more vitally toilet seats, doorknobs and handles are a must. So, make sure you maintain personal hygiene both inside-out and prevent going outside as long as it is not required.