Self-care tips for a healthy isolation
There’s no question that the Coronavirus has caused a major disruption in all of our lives. Our normal everyday routines have changed and most of us have had to adapt to a very different lifestyle, mostly at home.
The situation is constantly changing around us, from week to week. So instead of spending too much energy feeling stressed or worried, it’s time to concentrate on the things that we do have control over.
We don’t have to feel totally defeated with all of these limitations. We should try to make the most out of this time and situation. It’s understandable that this is a time where comfort eating and drinking in excess can be very tempting, to soothe emotions and frustration. But failing to look after your body, and your mind, will only make things more difficult to manage. It's important to remain as healthy as possible, to maintain a strong immune system and positive mentality. You have the choice!
Maintain a healthy diet
Keep eating fruits and vegetables daily, as this is how we absorb so many essential nutrients. Don’t feel overwhelmed in the kitchen. Take some extra time each day (there’s plenty of it) to plan your meals and listen to what your body needs. Include high-quality protein and healthy carbs in your diet each day. Don’t overstock with food, like it’s the end of the world. If you want the comfort of a backup, it’s useful to keep some frozen vegetables in the freezer.
It might not be the best time to visit a gym or go to a yoga class, but there are plenty of other options. Clear up some space at home and make use of free exercise classes on YouTube or other websites. Find fitness instructors who are now sharing more videos and live streaming routines to help support everyone. Keep an eye on your local updates and go for walks outside, when and if possible.
Don’t forget to drink water every day! This can be easy to neglect when your routine suddenly changes. It’s also common to start drinking more coffee and tea when you’re working from home (even if it’s just to take a trip to the kitchen), which is even more dehydrating. Always keep a bottle of water or a glass near you, don’t let yourself forget.
Play board games, jigsaw puzzles, write a diary or sketch your fruit bowl. There are plenty of ways to keep entertained and distracted from the temptation of comfort eating. It’s also good to avoid taking in too much news surrounding the virus every day. So stay creative and look after your own mental health and wellbeing.
We are all in this together. Stay connected with your loved ones. Chat, email, video call, sing from your balcony!
By taking care of yourself now, you will thank yourself later. Be grateful that when this is all over, you chose to adopt good healthy practices, for your body and your mind.
Take care and stay safe,
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