18 Apr Easy Ways to Stay Healthy While You’re Stuck At Home
Staying home and staying safe is extremely important right now as we all do our best to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, while staying home will help protect the health of others, you mustn’t forget about your health and wellbeing. While so many people are staying inside, unable to go to the gym, and completely off of their regular schedule and routine, staying healthy and active can seem almost impossible.
However, it is so important to take care of your physical and mental health during this time and to make sure that you are doing what you can to stay healthy. Here are a few areas to focus on.
It can be difficult to exercise during the COVID-19 outbreak when most gyms, fitness centers, and even some parks are closed. However, exercise is essential and not just for your waistline. Exercise can boost endorphins, which can help you feel happier and have more energy, and it can also reduce your stress. This will help boost your immune system to keep you as healthy as possible.
There are many gyms, fitness programs, and apps that are promoting free classes and free memberships right now to help the number of people who are stuck inside and have no way to workout. Of course, another easy way to make sure you are getting enough exercise is to get outside. Walking, jogging, biking, running sprints, or hiking are all great ways to get the 30 minutes of exercise you need and to get some fresh air while you’re at it.
It can be tough to keep your mental health in check at a time like this. So many people are struggling with stress, anxiety, and depression as they navigate our current unknowns. This type of ongoing mental health stress can have an impact on your current wellbeing, your immune system, your relationships, and even lead to more serious chronic mental health concerns.
Many mental health professionals are offering telehealth services during this time, so there are people available if you need to talk.
If you aren’t necessarily looking for counseling services but want to make sure you are staying ahead of your stress and anxiety, consider guided meditations. There are apps, YouTube videos, online programs, and several different ways you can learn the basics of meditation and see how it helps bring a sense of calm to your life.
Nutritionists are encouraging people to take their diets seriously during coronavirus. While it can be hard to eat balanced and healthy meals when most grocery stores are struggling to stay fully stocked—there are ways you can make sure you are staying on top of your diet. Consider meal delivery services, get into the habit of making smoothies, or try a diet diary to make sure that the impact this is having on your schedule doesn’t cause you to grab unhealthy snacks instead of new options.
Medical professionals have also been discouraging people from consuming too much alcohol during this time, stating that drinking alcohol could increase your risk of catching coronavirus and even make the virus’s symptoms worse in some people. With this in mind, there has never been a more critical time to be aware of what you are putting in your body.
If you have more questions about what you can be doing to stay healthy during these unprecedented times, please contact the experts here at Continuum Internal Medicine. You can reach us with questions at 817-617-8650.