6 tips to stay healthy during the lockdown
Nia Bennett | Apr, 16 2020
Unprecedented times require unprecedented measures as the whole world is in lockdown due to COVID-19.
Staying healthy is important but it is doubly crucial when we’re self-isolating at home. It is important to learn to breakdown different parts of the day with a good routine, exercise and a balanced diet.
Being healthy is not restricted to physical but also mental and with social distancing in place, it’s very important to try a variety of things to stay healthy.
1. Make a plan
The lockdown could be the perfect way to get organised with your life and improve productivity. Start by creating a simple routine, just add a handful of things. Stick to three to five items/things you would like to do. It does not have to elaborate. Every morning when you wake up, write down a few things you would like to do that day and then focus on achieving them. The whole purpose of this is to have small goals, giving every day a purpose and you a chance to be more productive.
2. Go for a walk/ exercise
It is so important to get some fresh air. Add this to your daily goal. Make sure you step outside your house, walk around the block for 20 minutes, this will help you relax, unwind and it’s a great way to add exercise to your routine.
If you live in a country where getting out for a walk is not possible or not allowed, then do your exercise indoors. There’s a range of free yoga, pilates, cardio, strength training and dance exercises which can all be done from your home. Just pick one activity and stick to it. Exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good hormone that will stop you from spiralling into depression.
3. Learn something new
With all this time in your hands, schedule some to learn a new skill. Maybe you wanted to learn dance, sew, read a book, do a course. Now you finally have the time to your advantage. All the time lost in commute could be used towards a hobby or self-development.
4. Call friends
Thankfully we live in a virtual age where we can meet and spend time with friends and family digitally. Why not have an online party? Get a glass of wine or make your favourite meal and have a virtual party on Skype, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts or Zoom. This is a great way to break your day. Even though you can’t go to a restaurant and hang out with your friends, you can arrange to do so online and this will tremendously help you and your loved ones keep their spirits up.
5. Cook fresh foods
While the whole world is piling up on toilet paper, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitisers - there is no dearth of fresh fruits and vegetables in the supermarket. You do not have to rely on tinned or processed food. Pre lockdown if you lived a busy life where takeaway and microwave meals were a thing - now is a time to spruce up your diet. You can do this by adding wholesome ingredients and cooking simple dishes that consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, steamed fish and grilled vegetables. The lockdown is a great way to introduce nutritious recipes into your diet.
6. Meditate before you sleep
Meditation is not complicated. It is about stillness, about gratitude. Living in times of uncertainty where so many people are losing their lives every day should be enough for you to realise and give thanks for your own physical and mental health. Be kind to yourself. The only thing that is important is your health and happiness, meditation can help you achieve that calm. There’s a host of free meditation videos on YouTube. Although just lying still in bed in the savasana position (corpse pose) and practising some breathing and gratitude is a great way to stay happy and thankful.