Staying healthy during COVID-19 lockdown
Whether you have become a home or remote worker, homeschooling or furloughed. It’s likely seen a massive change in the structure of life over the last twelve months. Did you know that poor habits are easily formed during the lockdown? It is not surprising that we don’t always feel energised and at our best when the overarching message is to stay at home. Our physical and mental wellbeing is paramount at this time so we have compiled some hints and tips from the pro’s to ensure that your health is maintained during these unprecedented times.
Here's 5 Tips for you to stay healthy during lockdown.
- Plan your routine is the key! If you’re a calendar kind of a person then you’re going to have a head start. Plan your work, plan your meals and your exercise if you can. Try to create a routine that you and your family can follow. Research has consistently shown that routines can play an important role in mental health.
- Live healthy When the world returns to a more normal state, it will be less of a shock to the system. Try to eat healthy, aiming for your five portions of fruit and veggies per day. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated at all times and also take some vitamin D as you are not getting much sunlight. Most importantly get seven to nine hours sleep.
- Stay productive Utilise the extra time at home to improve your cooking skills. Prepare more regular smaller meals and have healthy snacks readily available whenever you need them saving you prep time.
- Less is better While the odd takeaway and few beers are fine and help those family zoom quiz nights fly by. Drinking too much alcohol is likely to affect not only your health but your mood. Take a walk instead of having a beer or wine. Also, be aware of your caffeine intake. Too much caffeine can have health implications for you too. If you do like a coffee then maybe start by trying to cut down late at night.
- Take some breaks from Social Media Here’s a tough one! Try to switch off at some point every day. Turn off the news and don’t look at social media. Try some breathing exercises, meditation or reading instead. If it’s possible then take the time to go outside and experience nature. Take a woodland walk or just around the local park. Do some gardening too if you can’t go outside, sit next to a window for a while and then look outside. Tend to your house plants too. Plants are great for our wellbeing and have air-purifying qualities that we can all benefit from.
Most importantly be kind to yourself. Don’t look at what you can’t do. Instead, maybe focus on what you can. Celebrate your successes and share how you feel with those who you are close too. At this time more than ever we need to look out for ourselves as well as one another.