As our communities enter into social distancing because of COVID-19, positivity remains essential. While social distancing is highly recommended to prevent the spread of the virus, staying cooped up all day may have its downside.
Boost your mood and stay healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak by following these tips:
Physical activity can have immediate and long-term health benefits by releasing endorphins, which help relieve pain or stress and boost happiness. Gyms and fitness studios may remain closed for some time, but that doesn’t mean you have to abandon your usual workout routine.
There are plenty of at-home workouts available online and through mobile apps to keep you moving. Here are a few exercises that require no equipment and no gym:
- HIIT (high intensity interval training)
- Bodyweight exercises such as squats, pull-ups and tricep dips
- Running or walking outside
Take advantage of your extra time by cooking new meals. Instead of eating out, try planning your meals and creating unique, nourishing recipes. It can be easy to snack all day with your pantry six feet away from your “work desk,” but try replacing that craving with light popcorn or vegetables. By maintaining a healthy diet, you are helping to keep your immune system well-balanced.
Connect with others
Social distancing is extremely important during this time because it is allowing us to “flatten the curve,” which means there will be a slower infection rate, resulting in a less stressed healthcare system. However, social distancing can take a toll on our mental health as we are restricted to visiting our loved ones or doing the activities we once did every day. This is why it is important that we find new ways to maintain our connections with others, perhaps over social media networks, video conferences or other virtual communities.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself according to the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds or longer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Please remember to practice safe social distancing during this time and remember to wash your hands regularly. If you’re interested in booking a visit with UNIFONTIS, visit our website.