As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to ignore a healthy lifestyle. It can also be difficult if you’re working from home or caring for other family members or both.
But it’s still important to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the lifestyle tips to remember.
There are lots of safe alternatives to getting physical activity without going to the gym and still observe social distancing. Aerobics can be done successfully at home. Going for a brisk walk or jog outside in uncrowded areas outdoors is also considered relatively safe. Push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and more exercises are great ways to stay fit away from the gym.
Diet and nutrition
Avoid emotional eating and practice self-discipline. Whole foods like dark, leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes—even fresh herbs—are loaded with vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Try to eat more whole nutritious foods instead of processed snacks or fast food.
Good sleep is essential to our overall health. Immune system activation alters sleep, and sleep in turn affects the innate and adaptive arm of our body’s defense system. While the amount of sleep needed for good health and optimum performance mostly depends on the individual. Adults age 18-60 years are recommend getting seven or more hours of sleep per night.
If you have medications prescribed for any condition, be sure to take them as directed by your provider. Be sure to reach out to your healthcare team with any concerns as well. There are telehealth solutions available if you want to speak with a provider about your health concern.
Coping with stress and anxiety
We must learn how to positively cope with stress and anxiety induced by COVID-19 in our communities. Positive coping mechanisms would include exercise, meditation, reading, further developing certain skills or hobbies, etc. Practice these positive activities and develop new routines.
Wash your hands properly and frequently
Frequent and proper handwashing is the most important thing to do in preventing the spread of germs and stay healthy.
Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing off the suds. Sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice to know how long you should be washing your hands.
Talking with your loved ones while in isolation can help reduce the anxiety and instances of feeling down. Utilize the multitudes of technologies and free apps that can help you stay in touch with your loved ones. We had our busy lives before the COVID-19. Now’s the time to maximize the use of these modern capabilities for fellowship, companionship, and camaraderie.