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Staying healthy and happy through COVID-19

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

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There is so much going on in the world right now that it is normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, and a little down. While it can be tough to stay positive, here are some simple steps that will improve your general wellness and help you to stay happy and healthy during COVID-19.

Maintain a healthy diet

Try and eat as much fresh produce and unprocessed foods as possible. Also ensure you drink at least 8-10 cups of water every day and avoid eating out. Look at the situation as an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen and improve your cooking skills!

Ensure that every day you get some fresh air and 10 minutes of sun

Also try and spend a few minutes a day with your bare feet against the earth. These simple steps have countless health benefits, including boosting your Vitamin D and overall happiness.

Keep busy

It can be easy to fall into the trap of overthinking when you aren’t focused on anything in particular. Cooking, reading, gardening, reorganising, or listening to a podcast are some activities that will occupy you but are also productive and enjoyable.

Keep your brain sharp

Therefore, it is more important than ever to keep your mind sharp. This might involve reading a book, doing a crossword puzzle or beginning an online course.

Limit your news and social media exposure

While it is essential to stay up to date with current information, too much media exposure can be very overwhelming and even debilitating at times. Try and limit yourself to checking news updates once a day, and refrain from mindlessly scrolling through social media.

Maintain a routine

Getting into a healthy routine can be very beneficial for your overall wellness. For example, you might begin each day by having breakfast and a cup of tea in the sun at 8am. Following this could be your time to stretch and exercise, whether it be going for a walk, following a Pilates YouTube tutorial, or doing some yoga. Next could be your allocated time to call or Facetime a friend, and later after lunch could be when you do something that engages your brain, like a puzzle, quiz, or brain teaser. You could then finish the day by doing something that makes you happy, whether it be baking some cookies, having a bubble bath, or painting your nails.

Stay connected

Although we are currently unable to see our loved ones face to face or give them a big hug, we are lucky to live in a time where many platforms for online communication exist, so make the most of it! Facetime a friend or family member, or use Zoom to video chat with a group of people. You can also verse friends in games on applications like ‘Words with Friends’, ‘Draw Something’, or ‘QuizUp’ for a bit of fun.

Hang in there

Remember that everything is temporary. Look at the current situation as an opportunity to become smarter, healthier, happier, more connected, and more grateful.

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