How to Care for Your Physical and Mental Well-Being during the Pandemic
It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and changed virtually everything unexpectedly. The ensuing lockdown to contain the virus initially felt like a refreshing change from the routine way of life. However, as time passed, many people started experiencing restlessness, uncertainty, and anxiety due to prolonged periods of isolation. Health care experts and authorities soon recognized what was unfolding and realized it’s crucial for people to nurture their physical and mental well-being during Covid19, for which they suggested some helpful guidelines.
Tips and solutions to stay upbeat and healthy during the pandemic
1. Stay active
Even though you are required to stay indoors to be safe from the clutches of the virus, make sure you keep yourself active consistently. You can engage in exercises that you can do easily at home and also outside once in a while. Staying active, in fact, is even more important now as it has a positive impact on both body and mind. It will make you feel refreshed, help lose excess weight, breathe better, and feel positive.
2. Don’t watch the news all day
Watching unending reels of the devastation that the pandemic is causing starts weighing heavily on the mind. Experts have been advising cutting down on the distressing news being splashed over all types of news sources. Focusing on staying safe and improving health instead of entertaining yourself with films, shows or reading will be better for your physical and mental well-being.
3. Follow a healthy diet
Consuming food, beverages, and other foodstuffs that are healthier is even more important. Apart from strengthening you from within, a healthy diet will also build your immunity. Intake of fresh fruits and vegetables such as:
- Seasonal produce
- Green leafy vegetables
- Vitamin C produces lemon
4. Pursue a hobby
Keep your mind engaged and occupied with what you enjoy, such as a hobby you may not be pursuing much of late due to time constraints. It could be painting, writing, music, learning to play a musical instrument, cooking, baking, or just about anything you love. It will make you happy and create a feeling of achievement when you do well apart from keeping you fit if they involve physical activity.
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5. Stay hydrated
Medical experts extol the benefits of staying hydrated in our fight against viruses, including the COVID-19 virus. Keeping yourself well hydrated is known to strengthen your immunity and flush out viruses, toxicants, and bacteria. When a person’s body is afflicted by an illness, lack of hydration worsens the patient’s condition and poses major health hazards. Intake of water and a variety of liquids boosts immunity and increases the body’s power to fight infections. Hydration, in reality, is an important weapon against flu and conditions like COVID-19. Sipping on water throughout the day guards us against the virus and also benefits our health in several other ways. Drink water and other fluids at regular intervals- in fact, every 15 minutes to derive maximum benefits.
6. Do Yoga and Meditation Regularly
Yoga and meditation are known to enrich our well-being on every level. Not only does it have an elevating effect on our physical well-being but also enhances our mental strength. These great ancient disciplines include many breathing exercises such as Pranayam, which are all the more important in these times.
7. Take precautions when out
By now we all are expansively aware of the precautions to be taken to keep the viral infection at bay. Wearing a mask, washing hands with soap frequently (at least for 20 minutes), using sanitizer, and maintaining physical distancing are important. So taking vitamins (B, C, and D especially, with doctor’s advice) will also sustain your well-being on both, physical and mental levels.
Also, make sure you step out once in a while to take a walk, exercise, or buy things while following the COVID-19 protocol. Be in touch with loved ones, take time out to communicate with the ones you are close to, and stay positive. All these will go a long way in conserving your physical and mental well-being during Covid19.