Wellness Tips to Keep You Feeling Your Best During Quarantine
With everyone so focused on not catching COVID-19, it’s easy to lose sight of other aspects of our health and wellbeing – not that catching the virus isn’t a completely legitimate concern. Still, don’t forget to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically, so that you can stay healthy at home during the lockdown. Here are some wellness tips to help you feel your best in the midst of all of the chaos.
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Wellness Tips for Body and Mind During Lockdown
While you may have a routine that keeps you well under normal circumstances, you’re likely feeling out-of-whack from not being able to adhere to it recently. And even though things may not be ideal at the moment, you just need to remember that this is only temporary. Here are some tips to keep your mind and body balanced and help you to stay healthy at home during the lockdown.
Up Your Nutrients
It’s amazing that the first things to fly off of the shelves were meat, dairy products, and of course, all of the toilet paper and Lysol spray – but the produce section of the grocery stores have been left intact. While I’m grateful to still be able to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, I also wonder who else out there is working on building up their immune system to fight off any virus that comes their way. Plus, not only can increasing nutrients help keep your body healthy, but there are plenty of vitamins and minerals that are good for your mental health, too.
Don’t Forget Your H2O
While drinking water is never a bad idea – at least, nine times out of ten, anyway, it may be easy to lose sight of these days, with everyone cutting back on gym time and outdoor workouts. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still important to stay hydrated. To keep our bodies functioning properly (AKA, to stay healthy) we’ve got to stay hydrated.
Stay in Touch
If you were talking to your friends and family on a regular basis before this all happened, try and stick as closely as possible to your previous schedule. Try a weekly video call to virtually watch a movie together or have happy hour, etc. And, if you’re worried about missing out on the excitement of getting together, there are plenty of ways to make your virtual calls more fun.
Get up and Moving
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area where you can freely walk around without having to closely encounter other people, going for a walk every day can do wonders for both your mental and physical health. If you don’t have any intention of going outside for anything other than food, you can still get your miles in, thanks to Leslie Sansone’s Walk Fit videos on YouTube. There are one, two, three, four, and five-mile “fitness walks” that are both easy and effective and can be done solo or with the whole family.
Limit Your Media Intake
While it’s good to stay informed about what’s happening in the world around you, it’s also important that we take care of our mental health, which means limiting the amount of negative information that you take in on a daily basis. You can’t save the planet or the billions of people that inhabit it, so spending all of your time worrying about it isn’t doing anyone any good.
Talk to Someone
Whether you just aren’t talking to many people these days or the people you are talking to don’t offer the kind of support you feel as though you need then maybe it’s time to reach out to someone who can be there to listen and guide you on the phone or online. If you feel especially depressed these days, there are plenty of options out there for you. One such option is 7cups, which offers free counseling services to anyone who needs to talk.
Use Sound Waves to Feel Better
If you’ve never tried (free) binaural beat therapy before, I highly suggest using it next time you’re feeling ill or down at all. Head to YouTube with a good pair of headphones like these and search “binaural beats for (insert ailment here).” Whether you’ve got a migraine, are feeling nauseous, or depressed/anxious, there will be a number of sound therapy videos like this one to pop up. Within 10-15 minutes of listening, you should start to feel some major relief. This can also be effective for simply drowning out background noise or falling asleep, as well.
Start a New Hobby
Sitting around and staring at the walls can turn even the most stable of minds into minefields, with thoughts waiting to explode out of proportion at any given moment. Finding an outlet that allows you to focus some of your energy and get lost in something other than negative thoughts can be an excellent way to pass the time. Depending on the hobby, this could even be time used productively, in the case of those who choose to write, paint, record music, or pursue any other type of creative ventures.
Take Some Time for Yourself
If you’re stuck at home with someone that you aren’t used to being around all day, things can get pretty tense. To avoid getting on each other’s nerves, plan to take some time apart each day, if possible – even if that means putting headphones on and watching movies on separate screens across the room from each other. If you can get into different rooms or take the dog for a walk around the block while they watch something on TV, that’s even better.
Whether you’re experienced with meditation or the word makes you nervous, it doesn’t change the fact that doing deep breathing relaxation exercises can really help clear and calm the mind. In fact, there are plenty of binaural beat meditations on YouTube that you can use, too. If you prefer a guided meditation, you can find a large number of videos like this one as well.
Keep Your Space as Clean as Possible
Keeping your home clean and surfaces disinfected can also help keep you and your family physically healthy. While it’s nearly impossible to get your hands on Lysol spray these days, there are plenty of other (real) disinfectants that you can use. Wipes are a great option, as is bleach spray, although that definitely won’t work on all surfaces. Whatever you do, don’t listen to the YouTubers claiming they’re making the stuff with essential oils and it’s actually killing germs – it isn’t. Help others. If you’re feeling like you’ve got everything under control, maybe you can also use some of your extra time to help others who aren’t so lucky.
Stay Healthy at Home
Don’t let this lockdown be a drag on your physical and mental state of wellbeing. Instead, look at it as a time for healing, and try to make the most out of it that you possibly can. Focus on the positives and do what you can to stay healthy at home. This can also be a good time to start that new online side hustle you’ve been thinking about.
Erika Sellmer is a plant-powered digital content specialist who’s passionate about veganism, content creation, and social media.
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