For anyone who lives and works in an area affected by Coronavirus, things are decidedly not normal right now. We are anxious without even knowing, but as I always say, we need to question ourselves: What am I going to focus on? What we choose to focus on affects our whole life. Let’s stand guard at the door of our mind, especially in such time. Standing guard doesn’t mean living in a bubble or ignoring the reality in which you live, it simply means making conscious decisions about what you are willing to give your time, energy and effort to in the current circumstances. If we don't discipline our fears and control our focus, the world will gladly do it for us.
If you are on a meal plan, preparation could be done either during the weekend or as some prefer, everyday. It depends where you work, how you plan your day and how much time you spend at the grocer. Which let's say it, at the end of the day we end up not having time for ourselves. So let's see it as a glass half full. We should have some time now to reflect on how we can make our precious time more sufficient.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Staying hydrated throughout the day helps curb cravings, keeps us alert, and helps digestion. Make sure you’re reaching your daily fluid allowance. Also be sure to monitor your fluid intake to avoid dehydration and its symptoms, like nausea and headaches.
We don’t always eat just to satisfy physical hunger. Many of us also turn to food for comfort, stress relief, or to reward ourselves. And when we do, we tend to reach for junk food, sweets, and other comforting but unhealthy foods. Emotional eating is using food to fill emotional needs, rather than your stomach. Unfortunately, emotional eating doesn’t fix emotional problems. In fact, it usually makes us feel worse. Afterward, not only does the original emotional issue remain, but you also feel guilty for overeating.
Don’t be tempted to reach for whatever snack is in sight at the first sign of “hunger.” To figure out if that feeling is hunger or thirst, drink water or a delicious herbal tea and then wait 15 minutes. If you were truly hungry, you might still feel a stomach pang, whereas if you were just thirsty, you’ll feel satisfied.
According to scientific studies maintaining a fitness regimen at these times has concrete benefits. Regular exercise is one of the most basic ways to reduce stress and maintain some semblance of structure in our daily lives. Jordan Metzel MD sports medicine physician told New York Times magazine "This keeps the body and the immune system primed and ready to fight infection which is extremely important for everyone.” Also, many studies had demonstrated the useful effect of Vitamin C against infections of various kinds as it helps to have a good immune system, accompanied by a balanced diet and exercise.
There is always the option of working out at home. You probably can't do as much from your living room as you get from a fully stocked fitness club but this is definitely better than nothing.
While staying at home self-care, these can be done not only at this current situation but are useful for everyday life:
-Clean and disinfect frequently
-Drink plenty of liquids during the day
-Use a room humidifier
-Take a hot shower a few hours before bedtime
-Find time to have a good rest/sleep
If you feel lost, seek professional help. Let’s do our best to exploit the time at home to boost our wellbeing and work for improvement instead of indulging on unhealthy food and becoming couch potatoes. Our health, was and will always be fundamental, whatever the situation. These are tough, uncertain times, and the best thing we all can do is to be kind, responsible and make conscious decisions for the best of ourselves and those around us. We’re all in this together!
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