The world has been put on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak. And because of this, many people have been left wondering how they can adjust to the new normal. While there is no magic solution or answer, there are certain steps that you can take to ensure that you’re as healthy as possible during this uncertain time.
But if you don’t know where to start with this, it might seem a little daunting. To help guide you in the right direction, here are 8 top tips that you can use while in the lockdown:
- Stay in Touch with Loved Ones
As part of maintaining your mental health, it’s a good idea to stay in touch with your loved ones as much as possible. In a time when face to face contact is restricted, it’s important that you are still connected with those around you – even if it’s only virtually for now. Give your friends and family members a call or video call them from the comfort of your home. The impact that this will have on your emotions is incredible.
By doing this regularly throughout the lockdown, it will only make seeing them that much more bittersweet. Plus, it shows that you’re thinking about them and want to know how they too are coping in this situation. Luckily, in the modern day, there are plenty of technologies that allow you to do this, so you won’t be limited as to which one you should choose.
- Try Yoga
Yoga has been used as a way to help calm the senses and promote good overall health for thousands of years. But it’s an activity that now, more than ever, is important to try. From the various poses that stretch your body to the soothing breathing techniques, you’ll be able to unwind and take your mind off of the worries that are plaguing your mind.
Even if you’re a novice at yoga, you’ll be able to pick it up seamlessly while not having to venture to a local yoga class to learn it. All you’ll need is a yoga matt, a quiet area of your home and an instruction video to guide you. The perfect activity to do either at the start of the day or before you go to sleep, you’ll love the effect it can have on both your body and your mind.
- Practice Meditation
Alongside practicing yoga, meditation has numerous physical and mental health benefits that you can reap throughout the lockdown and beyond. Not only can it reduce the stress that you’ve been feeling, but it’s also been linked to improving memory and concentration levels (amongst other useful health benefits).
- Utilize Virtual Workout Programs
To help maintain your physical health and release endorphins, you could discover virtual workout programs. Available to stream through your internet, these types of programs are beneficial no matter what your age or what activity you like to do. Plus, they are affordable, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking the bank.
- Invest in Home Gym Equipment
Following on from the above, as part of staying healthy, it’s worth investing in home gym equipment. With so many types to choose from, from a portable home gym with resistance bands to exercise balls, running machines, etc. you can feel as though you’re in a gym while being in the safety of your own home. Due to the selection, you’ll also be able to find equipment that will fit in your home – no matter how much space you have to play with.
When paired with regular outdoor exercise (i.e going on one long walk, a run or a jog a day) that gives you the chance to enjoy fresh air, it’s a great way to stay active throughout the lockdown.
- Create a Routine
By creating a routine that you use every day, you’ll start to see a positive impact on both your physical and your mental health. Having a structure gives you a valuable sense of stability and will ensure that you’re not sitting down and thinking too much about what’s going on in the world around you.
Even though this routine may be a little limited at the moment as you can’t obviously visit friends in person or enjoy other activities that you normally would, it still helps you to navigate your mind through the situation more effectively.
- Keep Busy
Following on from the above, to make sure that you’re keeping your mind and body active, you should try and stay busy each day.
Whether this is through taking up a new hobby, doing some DIY around the house or a fun activity with your children, it will prevent you from sitting down and scrolling through your phone to see what the latest updates on the virus are. This break from technology is incredibly valuable during this time.
- Work on Your Sleep
It’s perfectly normal during this time to have a sleep pattern that’s very different from what it once was. When you’re constantly thinking about the virus and what the repercussions can be, it can result in you having insomnia or sleep apnea. Therefore, it’s essential that you discover ways in which you can improve your sleep.
Through creating a routine and having an unwinding period before bed, you’ll be able to adjust your sleeping pattern back to what it was prior to the quarantine. Sleep is key to a positive wellbeing and without it, you’ll be at risk of several problems. So limit this risk and work on how you’ll fix the sleeping issue that you’ve been having.
So, there you go! Those are 8 tips that you can use to help you to stay healthy during the lockdown. What you decide to do throughout this time, of course, is up to you. But whichever proactive steps that you take, you’ll be on the path to a healthier mind and body – two things that everyone can benefit from throughout this unprecedented time.