While trapped in the house it can be very difficult to maintain a healthy routine. With no responsibilities that require you to leave the house, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. Here are some health tips that will be helpful for everyone and anyone who is interested in self-care. Whether it be mental or physical, all of these health tips will give you a happier, more balanced lifestyle routine.
1. Drink Water
Drinking water is the most important thing you can do on a daily basis. Hydration is necessary for a happy and healthy mind, especially now. It is recommended that you follow the 8 by 8 rule of health tips which means drinking eight, eight-ounce glasses.
2. Work Out
Staying physically healthy is not only good for the upcoming summer season but also maintaining a mental state that is stable and happy. When you work out, your body releases endorphins that work similarly to the drug morphine, making you feel good when you get the blood pumping. Whether you work out for hours or workout for just thirty minutes a day, making it a habit to be physical can become a healthy coping mechanism during these unprecedented times.
3. Go For a Walk
If you are not prepared for the commitments of a sweat-inducing workout, you can start by just taking a walk. If you are able to go outside safely and pick a trail, sidewalk, or any path to walk for at least twenty to thirty minutes a day. This will keep your muscles engaged and help you get into the mindset of trying to maintain a routine physical activity.
4. Practice Hygiene
Good hygiene is important whether we are quarantined or not. It is easy to let yourself go when you are not forced to go into society and be seen by everyone. You can brush off taking a shower for another day or forget about washing your face because you just do not feel like it tonight. However, if you push yourself to do that one thing that will benefit your good hygiene and keep up the daily routine, it can help you feel normal and good about yourself.
5. Balanced Diet
Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet is typically hard before being quarantined. However, now that you have plenty of time at home, take some time to start a meal plan for the week. Go out and social distance shop for your healthier ingredients and make a meal that is a good balance for a healthy diet. It can be tempting and very easy to order fast food to your house considering the laziness of this entire country’s situation. Taking time to better yourself and pairing this with daily physical activity can help you maintain a happy body image for yourself. This will not only make you feel better about your appearance but also make your body and mind happy and you will ultimately flourish under these circumstances.
6. Reach Out to People
Reaching out to family and friends you have not spoken to or seen in a while is essential during this practice of social distancing. Especially if you are feeling really alone, talking to someone you love is an important first step in combating that negative lonely feeling. Now that we have been forced to stay away from one another in order to stop the spreading of this deadly virus, we all want more than ever to see our loved ones. In order to flatten the curve, we must stay to ourselves but with the help of FaceTime, Google Duo, Zoom, and many other video-chatting methods apps and software, we can continue to socialize as if it were normal again.
With the lack of responsibilities that require you to be somewhere, it can be easy to lose your normal sleep schedule. Without a daily routine, you might find yourself sleeping in later and remaining awake later in the night. This is a bad habit to pick up, especially if you are trying to maintain a healthy mind and body. Working out is less beneficial if you do not have enough sleep. Rest is important for the immune system and without proper amounts of quality sleep, you are subjecting yourself to being weaker to the virus.
8. Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands goes along with the previously stated health tips regarding good hygiene, however, this one needs to be its own number on the list because it is the most important. In order to stay healthy and stop the spread of COVID-19, we are recommended by the CDC to wash our hands regularly for twenty seconds. It is imperative that you do it with antibacterial hand soap and do it often. The virus spreads through droplets of spit flung from an uncovered cough or sneeze. It can remain on a surface for up to an hour. If you touch that surface and then touch your face you are going to get infected and fall ill within seven to fourteen days. Washing your hands regularly can help regulate the spread and keep you healthy in the process.
9. Take a Break from Tech
While trapped in the house with almost nothing to do except work remotely, watch television, or scroll madly on your phone, falling into the depths of technology will harm you more than entertain you. Taking a break from technology is an important habit to incorporate into your daily life, especially now considering the circumstances. If you have an iPhone, you can set screen times and reminders to make sure you take a break throughout the day. Go for a walk, dance to some music, workout, or do anything but look at a screen for at least thirty minutes to an hour in between your regular quarantine usages in order to maintain a healthy mind and body.
Meditation is a good practice for anyone who takes the time to just breathe and be. During these unprecedented times, you might find yourself extremely anxious due to money situations, medical circumstances, and any other burdens Coronavirus has dropped onto your shoulders. Sitting on your floor or sitting outside (if you can) and just breathing can help ease your mind. It sounds too simple to be true but in order to be happy, you must first just be. You probably feel like this is the perfect time to be productive and make something of yourself, however, this feeling could be overwhelming for some people and it is important that you know you are good enough as you are right now. You must maintain a healthy mindset by just breathing and being, and meditating can be a helpful coping mechanism and habit to get into this mindset.
What do you do every day to stay healthy? Let us know in the comment section below!
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My name is Aja Ward. I am from Southern California, but I currently attend college at Hofstra University in New York. I am a freshman journalism major, and currently exploring a minor in design. I am involved in my school’s radio station 88.7 FM WRHU which is the #1 non-commercial radio station in the nation, and one of my biggest passions is fashion.