The effects of the pandemic can be seen in all sectors of your life whether it is your professional life or your social life. Most of the offices, schools, colleges, and some of the market places are also temporarily shut down. This has affected many people’s businesses as only essential businesses are allowed to continue the production. However, it is important to understand the need of having a healthy body and mind more, as you can continue with your work and routine once the pandemic ends however if you are not healthy and gets affected by the coronavirus it is difficult to get over it and start with your life again. Hence it is advised to make your physical and mental health your topmost priority as without health you cannot do anything. It is necessary to practice social distancing to avoid coming in contact with the virus to maintain your health. Social distancing is one the main thing that needs to be practiced to not only avoid the virus but also to break the chain of people carrying it, since the person who is affected from the virus will not come in contact with any other person the virus will not be able to multiply and if the person is cured the virus ends there and then. Hence it is important to understand the need for social distancing while practicing it.
The majority of the people seem to understand the problem and they are following the government’s guidelines to keep themselves as well as other people safe. However, it is also necessary to understand that only by practicing social distancing and by staying at home the problem doesn’t end. It is important to maintain your health and keep yourself hydrated while social distancing as well. As this virus has already highlighted the importance of your health it can be beneficial for you if you work hard to achieve and maintain good health. Below given are 5 tips through which you can stay healthy and hydrated while practicing social distancing:
- Maintain a healthy and balanced diet
Diet plays an important role in maintaining your health as the nutrition that you get from food is what gives you the energy to work throughout the day and affects your various body functions as well. A healthy diet can be efficient to prevent symptoms of many diseases including many common and chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and many others. It is essential to maintain a healthy diet throughout your life to reap the benefits of a healthy diet. The need for the situation highlights the importance of eating food that can help you to boost your immunity. Foods that contain vitamin C help you to boost the production of white blood cells and thus improve your immunity system. Citrus fruits are said to be high in vitamin C, lemons, oranges, limes, tangerine, and grapefruit are some of the fruits that can help you complete your daily dose of vitamin C.
Apart from this, you need to pay attention to the kinds of fats, proteins, and grains you consume. It is advised to consume only healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil and opt for whole grains like oats, quinoa, and barley along with a bowl of fruits to maintain your health.
- Keep a check on your water intake
Just like food water is also important for you and your body to work properly. Almost all processes that are carried out by your body require water. Whether it is to remove toxins or to keep your joints lubricated your body requires water. Most people aim to drink 8 glasses of water in a day however, the amount of water you require depends upon various factors like your weight, gender, age, and health complication (if any). Based on the amount of water you require it is necessary to fulfill your requirement to maintain a healthy body and to avoid dehydration. Various ways can help you to achieve your water goal easily.
It is advised to drink 2 glasses of water in the morning after you wake up. This not only helps you to fulfill your water requirement but also provides a boost to your metabolism that it needs. Drinking water in the morning on an empty stomach helps you to flush out toxins and keeps your digestive system healthy. Other ways to reach your water goals are to eat your water, this means that eat those fruits and vegetables that are high in water content. This way you can maintain your water requirements and maintain your health easily.
- Engage in some physical activities
Engaging in some type of workouts and exercise is also necessary to maintain your health. Physical activities help you to maintain your weight and controls many diseases. It can be difficult to go to the gym at such a time due to the restrictions and it is not advisable to go to public places as well. However, you can work out easily at home by joining some online classes of your interest like yoga, Zumba, or dance classes that can help you to be fit and active. You can also carry out cardio exercises at home that you learned through Youtube or any fitness app. The motive is to keep yourself active and fit, you can do so in whichever way you like. However, it is also important to keep yourself hydrated before, after, and throughout the workout. Set a reminder if necessary of an hour before you exercise that can help you to drink water. Sip water twice or thrice while working out to avoid dehydration and drink an energizing smoothie or a glass of fresh juice after your workout to replenish your energy.
- Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness refers to the practice of training your mind to remain in the present. It focuses on keeping your attention on what’s happening at the moment. When you practice mindfulness or mindful meditation you observe your thoughts without any emotions and reactions. It helps you to observe a situation or a thought without getting affected by it. It can be done in many ways like while walking, sitting, or standing. You can choose any of the types that work for you. Although it can a little difficult to do so in the starting as it requires patience and commitment however once you start practicing it you can notice the positive changes that it can bring into your life. Especially in the time of a pandemic, it is important to practice some meditation to avoid negative thoughts and to promote a positive outlook. It is beneficial for your physical as well as mental well-being. Therefore it is advised to practice mindfulness for at least 15 minutes and you can gradually increase the time to 30 or 45 minutes.
- Maintain proper hygiene
The importance of washing your hands during the pandemic cannot be emphasized enough. Wash your hands as soon as you touch any item that doesn’t belong to you or is new in your house. It is advised to wash the front, back, sides, between the fingers and nails properly for at least 20 seconds while washing your hands. Apart from your hands, it is also necessary to maintain your overall hygiene. It is preferable to take a bath after coming from outside and wear a set of fresh clothes afterward to avoid entry of any type of germs. It is also necessary to drink only filtered water and avoid drinking or eating anything that is not home-cooked to maintain your health. Following all these tips can help you maintain proper hygiene and avoids the entry of any type of germs inside your house.