Social distancing is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but staying inside may have its drawbacks in physical and mental health. Think of this time of social distancing as a way to focus on your health.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to stay healthy and positive during the COVID-19 outbreak:
Practice social distancing, but stay social
Social distancing is completely different from social isolation. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely enough to spread an infectious disease. With the rise of technology, we are capable of facetiming or Skyping our friends and family instantly.
Find new hobbies
While you are sitting at home all day, try finding new hobbies to keep you entertained. Learning a new language, getting into graphic design or art, learning to cook, planting a garden, the list is endless! Not only will you find something new that you enjoy, but hobbies are a great way to take your mind off the stressors in your life or in this case, COVID-19.
Get some exercise
As gyms and fitness studios remain closed, members are beginning to feel stressed about how they will continue their usual workout routine. There are plenty of “at-home” and “no equipment needed” workouts available online or through apps. Staying active can help manage stress, boost your immune system and improve your energy levels throughout the day. Here are a few exercises that require no equipment or gym:
- Running or walking around the neighborhood or park
- Bodyweight exercises such as squats, sit-ups, pull-ups, etc.
- HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. It can be easy to get wrapped up in frozen meals or boxed mac and cheese since those are non-perishable foods that can last you weeks. By planning out your meals, you are not only creating healthy meals with the right nutrients to nourish your body, but you are also maintaining your regular eating schedule. This eating schedule will also help you avoid snacking so much throughout the day. It is easy to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet, even during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Here are a few ways to protect yourself according to the CDC,
- Wash your hands often with soap for 20 seconds or longer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces daily
Please remember to practice safe social distancing during this time and remember to wash your hands regularly. If you’re interested in booking a visit with Hooman Melamed, please call (310) 928-2769.