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4 WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR HEALTH WHILE BEING QUARANTINED
Written by Menswear Style in Health & Fitness on the 27th March 2020 / 4 Ways to Manage Your Health While Being Quarantined
With more and more confirmed cases of COVID-19 showing up all across the world, it’s more imperative than ever to take social responsibility and participate in self-isolation. And, although beneficial, it can come with its own challenges, especially on your overall well-being. Here are a few ways to stay mentally and physically healthy under quarantine:
Create a To-Do List
Staying home for days on end can get old very quickly. So, create a to-do list to help give yourself a daily routine to settle into. Prioritise things like cancelling any upcoming appointments or taking care of financial responsibilities so that you don’t have to worry about it at a later date. If you have any important doctor appointments coming up then ask your provider about switching over to a telemedicine company. Telemedicine companies allow health care professionals to diagnose and treat patients for issues ranging from erectile dysfunction to the common cold, all while in the comfort of your own home. To-do lists also help declutter your mind and keep you feeling productive, which can be needed when practising self-isolation. If you can’t think of much to do then find ways to make your living space more comfortable for yourself or create a workspace that will motivate you. Planning your day will create a much-needed structure during this hectic time.
Stay Up And Active
Start your morning off right with a work-out to get yourself ready for the day. You might be tempted to skip any physical activity when you could lay in bed all day, however, getting a workout in will increase your energy, help reduce stress, and improve your mental state. Many gyms are offering free online classes and you can get subscriptions from MIRROR or Peloton, so take advantage and find a workout that feels right to you. If you struggle to stay active then take short breaks throughout the day dedicated to moving around your apartment or house. Even physical activity as simple as standing can reduce the risk of back or shoulder pain. Doing small activities, like taking a walk around your garden, can have a positive effect on your overall well-being.
Watch What You’re Eating
While quarantined you might find yourself eating whatever you want throughout the day due to boredom, and although beer for breakfast might sound ideal, you should be mindful of what you’re putting into your body. It’s completely normal to occasionally treat yourself, however, boredom can cause you to eat overly sugary and salty food that can affect your mood and sleeping pattern. Use this time to practice healthier eating habits by incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. If you’re struggling to prepare less processed foods then use things like Youtube or Instagram to search for nutritious options that are easy to make with ingredients you already have. There are also various clean eating delivery services such as allplants, LoveYourself and Blue Apron that will bring everything you need right to your door to ensure you stay on top of your diet.
Prioritise Your Mental Health
Although it’s important to practice self-isolation, it can be extremely hard on your mental state. Being separated from your loved ones and loss of freedom can be a lot to cope with. If you find yourself struggling to cope with being quarantined then practice meditation and mindful techniques to keep yourself calm throughout this stressful time. Consider picking up a hobby like painting or yoga to keep yourself distracted and your thoughts organised. Technology can also be an extremely beneficial tool during social distancing. Stay connected and up to date with friends and family through apps like Zoom or Houseparty. You can even gather your loved ones virtually and throw a digital party to change up your everyday routine and have some fun. Prioritising your mental health will help you manage your stress, and leave you feeling better overall.
Although it’s easy to fall into the trap of spending all of your time glued to the news and updates surrounding the coronavirus, make sure you’re taking care of yourself, too. Look at this time at home as an opportunity to catch up on all of the things you’ve been meaning to do, spend time talking to loved ones, and establish a healthier lifestyle that will last beyond self-isolation. Your mental and physical health will thank you later for creating these healthy habits now.