Managing Your Health During Quarantine
Millions of us are working from home, learning from home, or just staying home more than normal to slow the spread of the virus. Your daily routines have changed and things we took for granted are now different. While our lives have undeniably changed, the changes need not be all negative. By adjusting to the changes and managing our new daily lives, we can continue to live healthy and productive lives even in the face of the continuing pandemic. These are stressful and uncertain times, so it is more critical than ever that you pay attention to your health. Take active steps to keep yourself in top physical and mental shape, so you can emerge from this quarantine better than ever and ready for what comes next. Use these tips and tricks to manage your health during the quarantine.
What we eat plays a major role in our health. A diet of only cards, fat, and sugar might feel or taste good, but it will take a serious toll on your wellbeing. No one wanted to eat their vegetables as a kid and many still do not as adults, but maintaining a healthy diet is essential in leading a healthy life. Find a balance of foods that taste good and foods that are good for you; you will find those categories have more overlap than you might have imagined.
Focus on organic, natural foods that are high in fiber, protein, and other essential nutrients. Using foods that are naturally colorful is a good way to create a vibrant, but healthy plate. There are a slew of online resources that can help you create a healthy quarantine diet you might even carry with you after the pandemic passes. If you are having trouble, talk with a professional nutritionist about your worries and they will build a custom plan to help you. Supplements like probiotics, vitamins, and Omega-3 can assist you with your diet, but they should not be a staple or core pillar of your health as supplements cannot replace or correct a poor daily diet.
Many people discount or write off mental health, but it is a vital element to your overall well being. If you do not take the time to care for your mental health, you will experience issues down the road that could have been avoided. Home quarantine can create a feeling of isolation or loneliness and that is natural given the circumstances. To combat loneliness and isolation, keep in contact with the same people you would be seeing normally. Make dates to chat with friends, have a video meal with family, or watch a movie as a group. You can go even further to make a special event by ordering delivery from your favorite restaurant for a date night at home. Take a break from work and daily tasks every so often to just relax and do what you want to do. Do not forget to take breaks during the workday as well, as a 15-minute break can help you reset your mind and go back to work with renewed focus. Do not burn yourself out and forget to take care of your mental health during these unprecedented times.
Working Out Helps
Working out might be the last thing you want to do right now, but physical exercise is part of maintaining your overall health. Being cooped up inside may have killed your motivation or desire to workout but forcing yourself to do simple workouts can help in more ways than one. Find a short exercise routine you can repeat or modify to keep things interesting. Just an hour of regular exercise can release endorphins and make you feel better over time. There is no quick fix but pushing yourself to workout will only lead to positive results. Getting yourself in better physical shape will reduce aches and pains, increase foundational agility, and balance, and leave your body in a more prepared state to fend off whatever illness comes your way next.
There is no denying that our current situation is difficult, and we are dealing with things we have never faced before, but that is all the more reason to prioritize all aspects of your health. Dietary, metal, and physical health all work together with the rest of your body to create your overall well being. Neglecting any one aspect of your health affects the rest, so take the time to care for yourself as a whole. Manage your health during this quarantine by paying attention to every aspect of health.