The year 2020 has already made its mark in history. When a worldwide pandemic hits, it is unexpected, so we are not mentally or physically prepared for what was in store. It is entirely normal to sense any feelings of fear or anxiety during these hard times. It is very important to recognize any signs and symptoms of mental or physical health issues. Here are a few different suggestions on how to keep safe and healthy while staying home.
Some might think that there is not a way to stay active while staying home, but they are wrong! There are so many different types of indoor exercises that people of all age groups can do. If you are not familiar with YouTube, YouTube is a social media platform where people can upload videos. So, if you are on a hunt for an online workout, YouTube can be your go-to! You can type in “full-body workout,” and then you will have an abundance of full-body exercises for free.
During a time of quarantine, outside exercise is not prohibited but actually recommended. If you stay 6-feet apart from other pedestrians, you can take a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. If you have any light weights at home, bring the weights on your walk with you, and you can receive an upper-body workout, as well. Planting a garden or doing some yard work is especially good for burning calories. Try pushing a lawnmower, shoveling, or raking leaves and see how great of an arm, leg and back workout it can be!
During the COVID-19 pandemic, cleaning your home is essential. While in quarantine, you can create a cleaning schedule to keep yourself busy and to ensure you are not leaving anything out. To ensure a clean, tidy home is to clean as you go. While cooking, clean up your countertops and put dishes in the dishwasher as you cook and see how your time in the kitchen declines.
One way to help ensure a clean home is by not wearing your shoes around your home. When walking in your home, you should leave your shoes by the door! Walking in your house with your shoes on, you can track soil, toxins, germs and other forms of bacteria into your home.
Cleaning and disinfecting highly touched surfaces is essential during the coronavirus era, that being your doorknobs, remotes, light switches, sink, etc. Whether you like to clean your home in a day or spread it out in a week’s span, following a consistent cleaning schedule is the key to keeping your home safe and healthy.
Take Care of Mental Health
What matters most of all is how you are doing mentally during a crisis like we have been experiencing. A major way to take care of your mental health is by giving yourself breaks from the news and social media. While it is essential to stay informed during these times, the constant stream of news reports about outbreaks can cause anyone to feel distressed, anxious and uncertain on the days to come – This is normal!
Removing distractions such as your phone and computer can benefit your mental state and sanity in a very positive way. Instead of posting what you are doing every day on the internet, look into investing in a hobby such as crafting or puzzles. Also, meditation is a way to clear your mind and help reduce stress. Practicing meditation helps promote emotional awareness, helps control anxiety and can help generate happy, positive thoughts. Trying to stay optimistic during a pandemic might seem difficult, but understanding and recognizing your emotions is an excellent way of taking care of your mental health.
There are many ways to keep safe and healthy while staying home. It is important to recognize if you are becoming ill physically or mentally. If you are starting to feel mentally unstable, reach out to a family member, friend or doctor and talk to them. Remember that you are not alone during these hard times. If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.