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Health and wellness tips during COVID-19 Lockdown

Apr 06, 2020

Many countries worldwide are lockdown due to COVID-19. This is a crucial time for every country to minimise the spread of Covid-19 and it is very important for us to understand it’s impact on health and wellbeing?

Researchers say this situation is far from normal. At worrying times like the coronavirus lockdown, it might feel like things are very much out of our control. This outbreak is bad for our mental and physical health, and it is very important to stay active during this difficult time. Being physically and mentally active can reduce the risk of low blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and strokes. It also helps to maintain bone density, osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass (Sarcopenia).
Aside from social distancing and washing your hand frequently with soap- there are still lots of things you can do to maintain your health and wellness.

Some Health and Welness Tips for 2020

Exercise daily

Exercise is very effective in reducing stress, controlling anxiety (yoga for anxiety), improving memory, enhancing cognition and it also releases chemicals in the body that make us feel good.
Every morning you can take a few minutes to really focus on your breathing. We can follow a breathing technique called 4-7-8 breathing. This will help you to concentrate on deep breath exercise. This is very simple, inhale for 4 sec through nose then hold your breath till 7 seconds and then exhales for 8 sec through mouth. Practise this for at least 4 times a day or more can help to relieve anxiety and reset the nervous system.
Many wellness websites are sharing some yoga and meditation sessions online during this outbreak, for instance, you can get at www.amayaan.com for free all you need is a mat or towel on the floor with a good internet connection.

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Eat healthy

Vaccine and medication for COVID-19 are not available yet and none of us can entirely eliminate our risk of contracting coronavirus. Experts are still 12th -18th months away from finding a concrete solution to it.
Healthy diet has been quite effective in reducing the risk of chronic illness such as diabetes. Cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, depression or other illness. A balanced diet includes a variety of foods high in Vitamins A, B, C, D, E as well as minerals too such as zinc, iron and selenium.
Green leafy vegetables like spinach, broccoli, beans, bananas, eggs, poultry, fish, beetroot have vitamin B which is important for our brain and its happiness chemicals, dopamine and serotonin. Lack of folate, Vitamin B12 and B6 are common cases of depression.

Add prebiotics and probiotics to your diet such as fermented foods yoghurt, kefir, tempeh and kimchi can boost our moods and reduce inflammation. Many researchers suggest keep our gut healthy, it also impacts on our behaviour and mood.

Keep yourself Calm

While it might seem like all world are talking about only one topic right now, and this is the perfect time to social isolation and to take a break from the news cycle. People have many hobbies such as gardening, cooking, pickling, craft, sewing, building furniture, reading novel but don’t have time to create memories.

Now, could be the perfect time to do them all or whatever you can manage.

WHO has advised to draw on skills you have used in your past which have helped you manage previous adversities?”

 

Sound Sleep

Sleep is very essential for our bodies to repair the cells, merge memories, process information and clear toxins. There are many evidences that sleep can have major impacts on our health-it give a negative effect to our psychological wellbeing and emotional intelligence too. During this lockdown, most of us have sufficient time to relax and rejuvenate.

Less sleep increases the risk of chronic health conditions, like obesity and heart disease. Just like our schedules for working, eating and exercising, its very important to sustain a regular sleep routine. Six to nine-hours sleep in a day is sufficient. Going to bed and walking at same time maintain a sense of normality and helps to maintain a regular plan too.

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Social Connectivity

Social connectedness is as important for our health as movement, diet and sleep. In this lockdown you can’t go for picnic-in person! Try to organise a virtual dinner on video calls via apps like Zoom, House party or old google hangouts, or take your friends in different activity together like drawing or craft and singing.

Covid 19 demands a strong immunity (yoga for immune system) and we hope these health and wellness tips help you in boosting your immune system.

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