How To Stay Healthy At Home During Lockdown
With the whole world in lockdown due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been more important that we know how to stay healthy at home during lockdown. Not just physically, but also mentally.
Our everyday routines have been broken. All of a sudden, we are confined to the boundaries of our homes.
There are discussions to slowly remove some of the restrictions that we are currently facing. But there are also very high risks of a second spike of infections.
There is still a lot of uncertainty as to when things will get back to normality, so we have to ensure that we are going our upmost to remain, fit, healthy, and safe whilst at home.
Here are my Top 10 Tips For Staying Healthy During Lockdown
Stick To a Routine
Plan a routine whilst at home and stick to it. Having structure in your day gives you a sense of stability and peace of mind. For example, get up and go to bed at the same time every day, and also sticking to set meal times.
Get a Daily Dose of Fresh Air
Going outside for a walk or run is good for your physical and mental health. Being outdoors will help to stimulate your mind, and will reduce the feeling of cabin fever.
Eat Healthy Foods For Your Immune System and Mood
Ensure you’re getting your 5 plus a day of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy, and to strengthen your immune system. Avoid snacking on unhealthy food items, which is easy to do when you are bored at home. Avoid excess of alcohol, especially if you are finding staying at home stressful.
Keep to the governments recommend daily consumptions, and find alternative methods to relieve stress. For more information about how to strengthen your immune system, please read my article How To Boost Your Immune System.
Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
A lack of face-to-face interaction with friends, family, and loved ones can be tough. However, there are lots of other ways to stay in touch. Many smartphones now have video calling features.
You can also set up online neighborhood groups on platforms such as Zoom when you can communicate together as a collective.
Exercise at Home
Set aside some time each day to incorporate some exercise inside to maintain your overall health and wellbeing. I recommend combining cardiovascular exercise, along with some strength-based functional training.
Whilst we are in lockdown and the gyms are closed, I recommend that you hire an Online Personal Trainer or a Fitness Coach Online. They can give you remote guidance, support, and motivation to ensure that you stay fit, strong, and healthy. For more information about Online Personal Training, please read my article 5 Benefits of Having An Online Personal Trainer or visit the Our Services page that will provide useful information on the Online Personal Training Packages available.
Getting enough water helps your body function properly. Drinking water helps to increase levels of alertness, remove toxins from your body, and also helps to kickstart your immune system which is great for weight loss.
The recommended daily intake is between 6–8 glasses a day, which is approximately 2 litres.
Have a Break From Digital Devices
While it’s important to stay connected to friends and family on your digital devices, try and limit use, especially before bedtime. Digital devices and suppress the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin which can make it more difficult to fall asleep. This is caused by the blue light that is emitted by these devices, which tricks your brain into think that it is still daytime.
Regulate How Often You Watch News Updates
It is helpful to keep up to date with the latest updates about COVID-19 but don’t let it rule your life. Keep informed but also have a break from the constant flow of information. Have set times where you check the news, maybe morning and night to keep a healthy balance.
There are many mental and physical benefits of meditation. It can help to reduce stress levels and helps to promote good emotional health. There are lots of apps that provide guided meditations if you find it difficult to meditate by yourself.