Due to COVID-19, we are all experiencing a shift in our daily routines and activities.It is crucial to maintain your physical and mental well-being, but that can be difficult when you are also practicing social distancing. The White House has announced new guidelines, such as avoiding social gatherings that include more than 10 people, working and engaging in schooling from home if possible, avoiding discretionary travel and visiting restaurants and bars.
Tips for staying physically and mentally healthy
It is important to keep your physical and mental well-being up during a time of social distancing. Here are a few tips:
Gyms and studios across the nation are sending emails to members to let them know they are either closing or making changes during COVID-19. Although you may not be allowed to visit your gym, you are still able to go for a run, do a HIIT workout, and participate in other “at-home” exercises. Some gyms are even tuning in on Skype/Zoom to have an instructor teach a workout while members can follow from the safety of their own home.
Nutrition is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Before panic buying and wiping out the shelves, ensure that you pick up the necessary supplies that you don’t already have in your pantry. Before heading to the grocery store, review what’s in your pantry first and try to plan around these items to create sustainable meals.
While most people are reaching for canned goods, it is also important to grab fresh produce that can be stored in your freezer for long periods of time. These can help you create healthy meals that can provide you with the right nutrients.
Stress and Sleep
The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has many stressed and scared about the future. With stress and anxiety comes sleep deprivation in most cases. According to NIH, getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.
While you may take a few trips here and there to the grocery store, be mindful that contact with other individuals increases your risk of being exposed to COVID-19 and spreading it as well. When you get home, be sure to wash your hands for 20 seconds and to 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 virtual visit with Totum ENT, please call (212) 288-2222.