Now, more than ever, it’s essential that we all do our duty to ourselves, our bodies and our minds. It’s imperative that we all take charge of our health and wellbeing, keeping our immune systems strong, our bodies fit and healthy and our minds positive. While this is easier said than done in the current climate, it has also never been more important. With that in mind, let’s look at some ways in which you can (and should) boost your health and wellbeing in this challenging time…
Eat more plants and less of everything else
Nutrition is an extremely important cornerstone of your health and wellbeing.
Fresh fruit and veggies are the gold standard but if you can’t get them, be sure to stock up (responsibly) on frozen or canned goodies. Plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and pulses have everything your body needs to stay strong. The plant world is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre to keep your body healthy on the outside and the inside. Not to mention lots of phytochemicals which are linked to improved immune function. Avoid processed foods, especially processed meats (which have been classified by the World Health Organisations as class 1 carcinogens).
Use a multivitamin supplement, just to be on the safe side
Whether you’re omnivorous, pescatarian, vegetarian or vegan, we all have nutritional gaps in our diets from time to time. Take a multivitamin supplement, just to be on the safe side.
Stay social… at a distance
Just because you’re social distancing, doesn’t mean that you should be antisocial. You and your friends need each other now more than ever. Making contact with friends (even over the phone or via video chat) not only gives your mental health a much-needed boost, the flood of endorphins as you chat and laugh with friends can actually help to strengthen your immune system. So keeping in touch gives your body and your mind a much-needed wellness boost.
Get up, get moving, and get outside (but be smart about it)
Whether you’re working for home or not, it’s advisable to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting. Sitting all day, no matter where you are, can put tremendous strain on your digestive system as well as increasing your risk of back and neck pain, heart disease, diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Try to get up and move around for a few minutes for every hour of sitting, even if it’s just to grab a cup of herbal tea or coffee.
You should aim to get outside for a brisk walk at least once or twice a day, but be smart about it. Stay roughly 2m away from all individuals and steer clear of groups of people. Avoid touching handrails/gates etc. with bare hands. Wear different clothes for indoors and outdoors and remove your shoes before re-entering your home to avoid potentially tracking in contaminated dirt.
Snuggle your pets
These are stressful and anxious times for all of us. And your pets will pick up on your stress and anxiety, which can affect them in all kinds of negative ways. So make sure that they get lots of snuggles. It’ll do them, and you, the power of good. Let’s face it, we all need some pet therapy right about now!
Allow your body to sleep
Sleep won’t come easily to many readers in this difficult time, but your body needs it desperately. While we’re asleep, our bodies do the routine repairs and maintenance that are necessary to keep us healthy and well, not to mention giving our overtaxed minds the chance to recharge. If you’re struggling to sleep, however, there’s no need to turn to dangerous sleeping pills. Check out this previous post on natural ways to get a good night’s sleep.
Most of all take care of yourselves and your loved ones!