Healthy Living During Lockdown
While the COVID-19 lockdown continues, much of our lives are put on hold. That still doesn’t mean you can stop being health-conscious. In fact, with the threat of a virus and disease, being health conscious is more necessary than ever. By now, you already know about social distancing, hand washing, and staying at home.
Besides, there are some things that you can do to boost your physical and mental health. You must remember that your psychological health is as important as your physical health.
To have a sound mind, try meditation, yoga, and always stay in touch with friends and family. Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be isolated. You can continue to be in touch with your friends and family and the support system through virtual meetings and socially distanced meetings. Also, regular exercise will alleviate your spirit.
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Building your Immunity for Corona Virus
Drink A Lot of Hot Water
Drinking water will not cure coronavirus. However, it is very good for your immune system. Try not to drink cold water during this awful time.
Hot water will raise your temperature from the inside. This stimulates the innate immune system that fends off different kinds of infections.
One excellent practice is to inhale steam from a big bowl or cooking pot early in the morning. Feel free to add herbs to the water that makes the experience nicer. I recommend mint or ginger.
Increase The Humidity
You should increase the humidity in your home by 50%. You can do so with a humidifier or hot water. Coronavirus spreads less in Low humidity.
Catch up on Sleep
Now that we spend most of our time at home, get as much sleep as you can. People who sleep less than 7 hours a day are 3 times more likely to fall ill as their immune system and body don’t have the time it requires to regenerate and recuperate with lack of sleep.
Have Vitamin D Regularly
Regular administration of vitamin-D decreases the risk of respiratory infections by 50%. Get some sunlight out on your porch or take vitamin supplements daily.
However, do not overdo it as large amounts won’t cause further improvement and instead be harmful. Stick to normal dosages that the doctor recommends.
Get Plenty of Zinc
Zinc is beneficial for the immune system in many ways. Try to get plenty of Zinc in your diet. Its found in different meats, beans, and seeds. It can also be consumed as a supplement from the drug store.
Reduce The Intake of Sugar and Carbohydrates
Sugar and carbohydrates are not very good for the immune system if taken in high volumes.
Right now you need a strong immune system as you don’t know where the coronavirus will come from. Reduction of sugar and carbohydrates will keep you fit which boosts mental health too.
Reduce Your Stress and Be Mentally Strong
The strength of your mind is the greatest defense against the coronavirus or any other disease. If you give up mentally, your body will follow. On the other hand, if you are mentally strong, you will fight for your life.
Stress and depression weaken the mind. And when the mind is weak, you start neglecting safety measures. This cannot happen given the ease of contamination right now.
To reduce stress and depression, try meditation, yoga, and other exercises. Also, you need to be in touch with your family and friends. They are your pillars of support and strength.
Keep The Temperature Hot
Temperature is very important for the immune system. High temperatures stimulate the innate immune system to ward off any form of infection.
Here is an example of how temperature works. When you have a fever, your body turns on the heat. This is your body trying to fight back. Fever reduction medication may interfere with the functions of the immune system. This may lead to more severe infections.
So, this is not the time to turn your air conditioner on. Instead, you have to sacrifice your comfort and keep the room temperature warmer. Coronavirus thrives in cold weather so the uncomfortable heat is for the best.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
Your mind is your strongest weapon against the coronavirus. If sharp, you will take tedious precautions regularly and keep the virus away.
.On the other hand, if you are down in the dumps, you won’t put in as much effort. This could lead to a disastrous tragedy.
So, you need to reduce your anxiety and stress and improve your mood so you can think with more mental clarity Also, you have to bond with your friends and family using the internet. Doing so will increase your confidence and will to survive.
Ask your self the following to identify what is bothering you to take the right measures or seek help.
- Do you worry too much about the future of your family and yourself?
- Are you irritable when you are around people?
- Do you find it hard to focus on tasks whether watching TV or studying?
- Are you losing interest in activities that usually cheer you up?
- Do you sleep more than usual or less than normal?
- Are you eating less than before?
- Do you eat more than before?
- When it comes to daily chores, do you feel like there is too much on your table?
- Do you have enough time to relax and do the things that you like?
Once you have a clear idea about what the problem is, speak to a mental health professional. You don’t have to go out of your house to get help for your mind. Many psychologists are willing to talk to you over the phone or via video chat.
The great thing about seeking help online is that you can read the reviews about a psychologist. This gives you the scope to talk to the best of the best.
Children and The Elderly
Children and the elderly are more prone to the coronavirus or any other disease for that matter. The reason behind this is a weak immune system.
You need to be careful about your children since they don’t understand why they have to be at home. It seems like punishment to them and they might sneak out if they get the chance.
The elderly, on the other hand, may not sneak out but their deteriorating immunity is risky. You will have to help them with a lot of preventive measures that they find difficult.
To keep coronavirus away, build your immunity. For that, take care of your mental and physical health. Other than that, keep the kids and the seniors in your life safe in these dire times.
Remember that you are strong and capable and that COVID-19 is no match for you. You will stay safe if you take the necessary measures. And together, we will get through this pandemic as we have so many times in history. Stay safe and healthy!