Things have been very much out of our control ever since the coronavirus outbreak began. Our routines are in disarray, and not knowing what lies ahead adds to the anxiety. We understand the importance of staying at home to keep us safe from contracting the virus. However, there is more to getting confined by the four walls of your house when it comes to securing your health and wellbeing.
There is no specific vaccine or medicine that could prevent and treat the ill effects of COVID-19. Although some of us have health insurance plans that may cover coronavirus, the culprit to the health challenges cannot be easily detected with patients even not showing any symptoms at all. Adding to the physical threat is the pandemic’s impact on a person’s psychological and mental state. Loss of job, inability to socialize and confinement all contribute to boredom, depression, and stress.
Thus, we made a list of the things you can do at home to ensure you’re holistically sound while helping the rest of the world heal and recover.
1. Eat well
We all might not have the luxury to satisfy cravings, but we can still access stores that allow us to eat healthy foods. We receive government food subsidies of canned and processed foods, but this doesn’t mean we can be deprived of fresh fruits and vegetables. A few of those that can help maintain mental health are whole grains, potatoes, beans, nuts, eggs, olive oil, dairy products, fish, and poultry. Health experts do not recommend processed foods, fried foods, white bread, sugary products, and beer as they all contribute to persistent mild depression.
There are no official recommendations made by the World Health Organization regarding food or diet supplements that could combat COVID-19. However, nutritionists suggest eating food that is rich in zinc, iron, selenium, and Vitamins A, C, D, B6, and B12.
With the internet, you can do whatever kind of exercise you can think of inside your homes. There are plenty of fitness studios offering online classes for free. Joining these classes can help keep your body active and metabolism at bay. You can try yoga classes every day on a live stream. You can even download aerobics videos from the web and play them while doing your routine at your convenience.
Physical activities can:
- Release endorphins and serotonin along with other chemicals in the brain that are great for stabilizing the mood
- Lead to having more energy and better sleep
- Reduce serious health risks like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes
- Boost the immune system
- Helps in weight management
So, what are you waiting for? Allot at least 30 minutes of your time each day to engage in physical activities. You need not be online all the time because the internet nowadays is intermittent. You can go up and down the stairs or do brisk walks around your house. You can tag your kids, siblings, or loved ones along and make it a daily routine for your whole family.
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Meditation creates a positive impact on our brains, allowing for better focus, less anxiety, more creativity, and more compassion.
If you’re new to meditation, you can start by following these four easy steps:
* Look for a quiet environment
Since everyone is at home during the lockdown, you might find it challenging to find a tranquil place. If so, try to meditate early in the morning when others are still enjoying their sweet slumber. Make sure that there is no background noise from the television or radio. Also, see t it that you’re ina relatively cold or warm area for you to have better concentration.
* Sit comfortably
Begin the meditation by finding a comfortable position to sit for up to 15 minutes. The general position would be crossed legs and hands on the lap. Make sure that you are not slouching, and you don’t find it difficult to breathe.
Natural breathing is essential in the process of meditation. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Continue making shallow breaths for a few minutes and make sure they become deeper as you progress.
* Focus on positive thoughts
Your focus should be on your deep breathing. It is difficult to focus on the breath at first, but the struggle will soon vanish when you get the hang of the train of thought. Experts advise that you can start meditating by counting your breathing.
4. Start a new hobby
There is always something new for you to learn each day. No one is wholly determined or knowledgeable as long as he lives. Hobbies redirect your attention to creativity, engagement, creativity, and fun. After the lockdown, you turn yourself into someone more interesting and experienced with new skills and know-how to share with others.
Writing is one of those cheap yet beneficial endeavors you can start with. You don’t need to be a grammarian or a journalist to be able to scribble your thoughts and create a story. A simple note of your daily lockdown routine can help release your feelings. Learn a new musical instrument or a board game. Read self-improvement books or do some gardening. The Department of Agriculture is giving away free seeds for you to grow your food while on quarantine.
The enhanced community quarantine should not hinder us from becoming the best we can be. While waiting for it to be lifted, we have the most significant time to prepare for a much bigger challenge ahead. Once everything turns back to normal, we are expected to be stronger, healthier, and inspired to get back on our feet.