How to Stay Healthy During a Pandemic

April 15, 2020

We’re bombarded with conflicting messages from the media regarding health and wellness, but one message is clear: a balance between nutrition, exercise, sleep and positive attitude are key to living a healthful existence.

Now, throw in a pandemic and your world might be a little out of whack; however, it doesn’t have to be that way.

You are what you eat

Truth be told, there’s nothing wrong with “being” a hot dog with extra-spicy relish, but you probably don’t want to make that a dietary staple.

A lot of the canned and dried foods have flown off the shelves in the stores, but fresh produce is always an option too. Simply pick up some freezer bags and stow away produce that can’t be eaten in the foreseeable future.

If you have a blender, use some frozen fruit and dream up some of your own healthy smoothies. Don’t forget to name your concoctions and share them on Instagram for others to enjoy.

The stores are still open too, so there’s not reason at this point to squirrel away every canned good in sight. Try to shop smartly by making a list and planning out your menu for the week.

For our nervous snackers out there who require a great deal of crunch in their life, put down the high-sodium chips and MSG-sprinkled crackers. Opt for whole foods, like apples, cucumber, celery, and carrots. They’re better for your waistline and full of vitamins and minerals

Missing the gym, are we?

Now, if you’re missing the gym, there are options at home that will keep you in shape. Remember that you can still venture outside for a brisk walk or a run. If you’re feeling nostalgic, dust off your playlist from back in the day as motivation for a workout. Justin Timberlake will thank you.

There are plenty of exercises you can do in a small space that don’t require any equipment. Youtube has some great options, and you might even decide to keep up this routine once you resume your gym workouts.

Another great way to burn calories is to clean your house. We’re talking about moving furniture, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning out closets, power washing the house, and the list goes on. Just think how satisfying it will be to have your house so spotless. Reward yourself by laying on the couch and Netflixing.

Practice good sleep hygiene

Stressing about COVID-19 and its effect on your life may lead to bouts of sleeplessness. Put down digital devices and turn off your television a couple hours before bed.

If you’re stressed, keep a journal, talk to an old friend, or confide in fido. Dim your lights and do some quiet evening activities, like water your plants, brush your dog, do some yoga, or work on a puzzle.

Wait until you’re sufficiently sleepy before you go to bed to avoid onset insomnia. It’s to your detriment to lay in bed for hours, not sleeping, as your body will start to associate your bed with wakefulness.

Don’t ignore your health

It’s important to be mindful of how we think and feel during this unprecedented event in our lives. Take the time to organize all aspects of your life for optimal balance. Remember, we are all in this together, and nobody is alone.

If you’re feeling under the weather, please do not put off seeking medical care. Click here to schedule a telemedicine appointment with one of our providers.

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