The world is still fighting against COVID-19 and while certain countries have lifted the strict measures that were in place to help flatten the curve, others are still imposing lockdown on their citizens seeing as how the pandemic is still not slowing down in their area. In case you live in a place where the quarantine is not over, you need to be aware of the fact that you have to work on your mental and physical wellbeing in order to come out of this whole situation healthy. Here are some steps you can take.
Manage your media intake
First of all, we know that watching the news right now can be overwhelming. While you want to stay in touch with what is happening and do your part to help, it’s okay to step away from the constant negativity that we see on TV and online. For example, instead of refreshing Twitter non-stop, set a time for yourself when you will go online and check for the latest updates. You can do it once in the morning and once in the evening. That way, you will see whether the measures have been intensified or lifted to a certain degree and you will not be bombarded with bad news all the time.
Take care of your nutrition
Then, you also have to think about your nutrition. Even though we can’t go out to the store every time we feel like it and visit our favourite restaurants for a nice meal, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a varied and healthy diet. Before you go grocery shopping, come up with a meal plan for the next few weeks and make a list of the ingredients you will need. On the other hand, if you always wanted to try out some new recipes, now is the moment. There are many recipes and tutorials online so make the most of this free time on your hands. If you don’t live alone, you can give everyone a task and make cooking and baking a group activity. Finally, many restaurants are still delivering meals so even if you’re not into cooking, you can still eat healthily and support local businesses.
Don’t forget about exercise
If you had an elaborate exercise routine in your gym, not being able to go there and do your workout might be hard on you. However, you cannot allow yourself to neglect exercise. While you might not have all the necessary equipment, there are still exercises you can do while stuck inside. Look into callisthenics as this form of exercise aims to increase fitness, strength and flexibility and requires minimal equipment. Sit-ups, push-ups, squats and burpees all fall into this category and you can create a workout plan for your entire family. Alternatively, if you have the space in your home, you can add some home gym equipment, such as exercise bikes and rowing machines. If you cannot get in touch with your trainer from the gym, you can look up various videos on YouTube and follow them for at least 20 minutes a day. In case you prefer running, maybe you can even go outside for a quick jog; just avoid huge crowds of people and look for a nice, isolated place instead.
Talk to your close ones
If case you are quarantining by yourself or with roommates you don’t know all that well, it’s vital that you stay in touch with your close ones. Luckily, technology now makes it easy to communicate with people that are far away. Even if you can’t video chat with your grandparents, call them on the phone every day to check in with them and see how they are doing. Organize family dinners or hangouts over Skype and FaceTime. Just seeing your loved ones can make you feel a lot better about being cooped up in your home all day long.
Do things that make you happy
If you were fortunate enough to keep your job during this crisis and are able to work from home, you will have some obligations and will not be bored out of your mind. However, once you’re done with your assignments, do your best to relax and take your mind off the grim things happening in the world. If you have a hobby, dedicate some time to it. If you want to try your hand at something new, order supplies online and give it a go. From painting and knitting to gardening, there are so many things to do. Of course, you can always read books, watch movies and binge the recently released season of your favourite TV show.
Staying inside during this lockdown is not easy for most people. If you are used to an active lifestyle and constantly going out and hanging out with people, the change can be difficult. However, try to keep some routine, talk to your friends regularly and don’t forget about proper nutrition and exercise. We don’t know how long this might last so adapt the best you can.
My name is Helen Bradford and I am a journalism student and a freelance writer with a 4-year-long experience in writing. I always strive to create high-quality content, so I can assure you that my contributions will always be very informative, interesting and well-written. In my spare time, I enjoy reading crime novels, doing fitness and spending time with my dogs, Maya and Buster.
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