How to stay healthy during a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for many people across the world. Today, as you either from home or in a hybrid mode, you may find yourself settling into some unhealthy habits. Actor and URLife Guest Editor, Samantha Ruth Prabhu shares some tips from her own experience of staying indoors to stay active and healthy.
The pandemic has caused havoc globally, and lockdowns have forced people to stay indoors. This has led to a sedentary life, which is detrimental to physical health as well as mental health. Even though you may be stuck at home, it’s essential to have an organized schedule in place. Here are a few tips to help you to stay safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
It’s no surprise that working out can help prevent the onset of many diseases and help in managing prevalent ailments effectively. Being active every day releases endorphins, or the feel-good hormone, which helps counter feelings of negativity and depression.
When you eat healthily, you help to decrease the risk of many severe ailments such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and many more. Try to stay away from processed foods as well as those foods laden with sugar. Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and carbohydrates. Also, ensure that you are getting adequate vitamins and minerals through the food you eat.
When there is sleep deprivation, it impacts health negatively. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep, daily. Usually, six to nine hours of sleep should be good. When you sleep soundly, your body can repair its cells and get rid of toxins. Sufficient sleep is also essential for psychological well-being. Along with maintaining a proper sleep pattern, work onlimiting your screen time as well for uninterrupted sleep.
Doing physical activity is vital for your health and well-being. Since you are spending a lot of time at home, opt for home workouts. Try using a treadmill or cycle at home. Just 30 minutes a day will be helpful. If you don’t like such physical activities, try jogging in one place or use a skipping rope. Do some sit-ups or push-ups at home. If all else doesn’t work for you, walk up and down the stairs in your home or building.
Start a meditation practice
The practice of meditation can help calm your brain. It is most effective before going to bed as it helps to relax the body. Studies suggest that the daily practice of meditation improves the overall quality of your life as well. Meditation helps keep you physically and emotionally healthy as well. It is also helpful in keeping your anxiety in check.
Grow your own vegetables
Recently I have started terrace gardening. This has been great for my family. I know that what I grow is free from pesticides and it is the best gift I could give my family. Eating homegrown vegetables means that you are eating fresher and healthier.
Maintain social distance
Staying in touch with your loved ones and friends is very important while you are indoors. It is as essential as eating healthy, staying active, sleeping well and exercising. But since it’s dangerous to venture out too often and to meet many people at a time, try to keep in touch virtually. Call your friends and family through video calls, voice calls, or through social media platforms. Doing this will help you stay connected with each other and at the same time will also keep you safe. If you have to meet your loved ones, then create a social bubble, so that everyone in your circle is safe.
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