We are now experiencing an unprecedent event where we have to spend most of our time at home, avoiding public places, family members, friends, neighbours and colleagues, to comply with the government's advice to contain and stop the spread of the Coronavirus.
This is a difficult time, as it can and does add stress to our lives. Therefore now more than ever before, we need to take care of our wellbeing both physically and emotionally.
Here are some suggestions that can be helpful to get you through this challenging time.
Improve your diet in order to improve your mood, energy and clarity.
Eat a good breakfast to get a good start to your day.
Instead of having a large lunch and dinner, have smaller portions and eat regularly throughout the day to keep your sugar levels well balanced.
Stay well hydrated. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas (avoid or reduce caffeine).
Avoid or reduce the consumption of alcohol, sweets, sugary drinks and biscuits.
1. Plan your day ahead by creating routines.
This will help to organize your thoughts and calm your mind to reduce stress. Have a look at the Eisenhower Matrix Chart as a guide to help you organize your daily tasks.
2. Fresh Air & Sunshine.
Even a few minutes of direct sunlight helps to increase Vitamin D levels, which is so important to promote bone health. There have also been scientific studies suggesting that Vitamin D also plays a major role regulating the immune system. One well-designed study showed that after a therapeutic dosage of Vitamin D, there was a considerable reduction (42%) in the incidence of influenza infections.
3. Stay Active.
If you don't already exercise this is now the time to start. Start with simple exercises like those on the app "7 Minute Workout" (iOS and Android). Use the technology available to us today and include your friends to help motivate and support each other. These exercises have been scientifically proven to be beneficial to your wellbeing as well as physical fitness and will help promote mental fitness.
4. Stay Connected.
Social distancing does not mean social isolation.
Use technology to keep in touch with family and friends.
Check in with your older friends and relatives. I'm sure it will be greatly appreciated.
5. Do something unique.
Take this opportunity to do a project you have always wanted to and did not have time for it, like decluttering, writing a book, learning a language or new skill etc.
6. Listen to Music.
Music can have a positive impact on your wellbeing, helping calm the mind and body. Below is a list of links for music you may want to listen to. Complements of Nevada University, Reno.
Here are some links of 4-7 minutes beautiful videos for your
"Laughter is the tonic, the relief, the surcease for pain" - Charles Chaplin
"Laughter has been shown to have physiological, psychological, social, spiritual and quality-of life-benefits. It has very limited adverse effects and no contraindications". (Althem The Health Med. 2010 Nov-Dec;16(6):56-64.)
Watch comedies shows or movies.
Share funny videos with your family, friends and colleagues.
8. Visit Museums, Attend Live Concerts and Operas.
There are famous museums around the world offering free virtual tours during this lockdown time.
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