Good health doesn’t just mean you aren’t sick with a disease or an illness. Being healthy is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being. During these tough times it’s hard for many to maintain a healthy lifestyle because throughout this pandemic, many of us changed the way we think about hygiene. What we should prioritise is to keep ourselves in a healthy state of mind and body.
The ‘new normal’ has become our way of living. With the ever-present risk of being infected by COVID-19 still on everyone’s minds, we also need to remember that discipline and a good mindset are one of the keys to achieve the healthy lifestyle many of us want. We have come up with 4 major tips on how to maintain your healthy lifestyle in today’s new normal.
The first step in surviving change is acceptance. We need to accept that times are changing and the risk for us to get infected by the virus are high along with other negative ailments such as stress and an unhealthy lifestyle.
Once you have affirmed that you need to embrace change, then you’re on your way to achieving a healthy state of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Be healthy
Being healthy on a physical level can be achieved through the following:
- Staying active– The gyms may not be alway open because of constant lockdowns in your area. However, there are a lot of alternatives that you can do to stay active without going against safety protocols. You can always workout at home or in uncrowded areas within nature by taking a jog, biking, doing aerobics or high intensity workouts such as push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks. All great ways to keep you active.
- Get enough sleep– Most adults need at least 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep to maintain being healthy. According to MyHealthfinder and Sleepfoundation.org there are many benefits of getting enough sleep. Some of them include reducing stress and improving your overall mood. These factors lower your risk of serious health problems and keep your immune system strong.
- Diet and nutrition– Times can be tough nowadays and it can cause a lot of ‘stress eating’. It’s important to discipline yourself and avoid eating unhealthy foods like processed foods and fast foods as well. Try and eat more nutritious food like fruits, vegetables, and meat that are loaded with vitamins, fibers, and minerals.
- Going back to the basics with self-love
Anxiety and stress are becoming more evident as the days go by because of the new precautions we must all now take to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The way to look at the situation right now is to look on the brighter side and try to look at other hobbies that peak your interest or bring back an old passion you could try to hone and improve. Other coping mechanisms can include working out, meditating, reading, or writing in a journal.
- Stay connected
Talking with friends, co-workers, and family members are some ways we can all cope with anxiety and stress while in isolation. There are many ways we can stay connected. Thanks to technological advancements there are new applications helping us all stay in touch.
One good thing about this pandemic is that before COVID-19 hit, we were all busy with our lives that may have limited us to talk and catch up with the people we care about. Now is the perfect time to catch up and reminisce on those happy memories, while making new ones as well.
Living a healthy lifestyle can be hard work but in the end you will find it enjoying and fulfilling. Pre-COVID people were all busy bees so now is the perfect time to sit back and appreciate the small things and take care of ourselves.
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