The recent coronavirus pandemic has definitely changed how we go about our everyday lives. Gone are the social parties, huge crowds, and mass gatherings. During this period, people are encouraged and even forced to stay at home and come out only when absolutely necessary. This protocol has certainly affected a lot of people, especially if they are used to being out of their homes during their usual days.
Being under social isolation can negatively affect a person, both mentally and physically. Luckily, there are a lot of things that you can do to keep healthy, and maybe you can even get out of this situation stronger and better than before. Here are some tips that can be applied so that you can stay healthy, in all aspects, during this quarantine period.
Even if you are staying at home during this period, that does not mean that you will need to lie in bed or sit in your couch all day. There are many ways that you can keep active at home, even if you do not have any gym equipment lying around. Of course, if you have a pair of dumbbells or a treadmill in your home, then use them by all means and get into a routine of exercising daily.
Otherwise, being at home is also the perfect opportunity to clean up at home and move some furniture around. You can do some general housecleaning and make some long-delayed repairs. Just make sure that, when working outside such as tending to the garden or working on the roof, protective equipment such as gloves and masks are in use. Make sure also to sanitize in and out of the house. Doing this for just a few hours a day can certainly get the heart pumping.
Schedule Socialization Online
For those living alone, or for those who are used to talking to friends, families, and even co-workers, social isolation can definitely take a toll. While you cannot talk to these people within close proximity, you can talk to them, even face to face, using a variety of communication tools. You can use video calls, texting, or phone calls to keep in touch with friends on a constant basis.
However, make sure that you are not distracting their own lives by setting a socialization schedule among your friends. This way, you will have an agreed upon time to check up on each other and catch up even you can’t go drinking or shopping together due to the quarantine. This schedule must also be maintained to set limits of technology overload which can have undue negative effects on the body as well.
Remember to Eat Healthy
While going out to the market to buy groceries may be limited, this is no reason to stock up on junk or processed foods. Long term, these kinds of foods can have a negative effect on the body, and while you may be safe from the current outbreak, you may find yourself at risk of other medical conditions down the line if you don’t eat healthy.
Try and steer away from food that contain a lot of preservatives, and prioritize purchasing lean meats, fruits, vegetables, fish, and dairy. This quarantine is a great way to prepare some delicious and nutritious dishes at home, and you can also brush up on your cooking skills. The Internet has a lot of instructional videos and recipes that you can use to prepare healthy meals for you and your family.
Limit Time in Front of the Screen
The Internet, specifically social media, is full of fake news and negative content. Reading up on these can demotivate you and cause some undue stress. Try to limit your time in front of your phone or computer screen. Instead, try to find a quiet place to read a book. Limiting screen time is also recommended so as to avoid eye strain as well as other conditions caused by spending too much time in front of a computer or phone.
Checking up on Facebook, playing online games, or browsing the Internet, in general, may be limited to a couple of hours a day with a 15 to 30-minute break for every hour spent. This must apply to other members of the household as well, especially children.
Do Meditation Exercises
Being in isolation may feel like a prison as you are limited on what you can do and where you can go, and this can really affect your mental health. To alleviate the stress and frustration of being cooped up at home, we recommend doing some meditation exercises to reduce stress and to maintain a more positive outlook. Exercises like yoga, Pilates, and breathing exercises are low-stress exercises that you can do to help you relax. If you can do these activities with more natural surroundings like plants or trees, then that would be better. Still, practice social distancing and ensure that the area is properly sanitized.
Starting the day and scheduling around 15 minutes of silence and meditation can do wonders to your mental health, and you would find yourself more relaxed and mentally prepared for the days ahead.
Spend Time with Your Family
Some say that the social isolation caused by the outbreak can be seen with a silver lining, as this presents people with the chance to spend more time with their family. In a way, this is true as people nowadays are often too busy that they neglect people that are actually with them in their homes. Take this chance to bond with your family by talking to them or even playing games together. If you have pets, you can also take this time to enjoy some quality play or snuggle time.
During these very stressful times, companionship will be your most effective tool against stress and boredom. This is also a great opportunity to create stronger bonds with our family so that you can be more united and closer during and even once the quarantine has been lifted.