If you’re one of the many people in the world practicing shelter in place or self-quarantine, maintaining healthy behaviors may pose a real challenge for you right now. Here are some tips to consider to protect your physical and mental health.
Adults need at least 150 – 300 minutes each week of moderate-intensity, or 75 – 150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination. Since you can’t go to the gym and practice social distancing at the same time, you’ll have to opt for some simpler forms of exercise. Try going for walks, runs, or bike rides outside. Consider bodyweight exercises in your home if you don’t have access to weights or other home workout equipment. Many online resources are offering free or inexpensive fitness classes that you can do right from your living room.
There is no better time than now to start practicing relaxation and mindfulness techniques. Meditation, deep breathing, and yoga are all great ways to reduce tension and manage stress. Here is some excellent info about different types of mind-body practices you can use during this time to help you relax.
Make Healthy Choices
It’s easy to talk yourself into eating poorly during this stressful time, but doing so can lower your immunity and make you feel worse. Be mindful of the fuel you are putting into your body. If your quarantine snacks consist of chips, frozen pizzas, and pop-tarts, you’re not going to feel your best. For basic nutrition advice, learn more here. And don’t forget to stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses of water each day.
Stay in Touch
Even though you may not be able to visit with friends and family physically, technology has made it easier to keep in touch with everyone. Social connectedness is still important for mental health, and it’s possible to do while maintaining physical separation.
And speaking of staying in touch, if you have an existing health condition, be sure to stay in contact with your doctor. Many healthcare providers are offering telehealth appointments during this time to provide for you even when they can’t see you in-person.
Taking care of yourself physically and mentally should be top priority right now, so you’re ready to roll when things return to normal.