This is definitely an unsettling time for everyone, but it is important to remain positive and remember to take care of yourself. As a lot of people are working from home, it can be easy to forget the importance of self-care.
I know when I’ve been in doors all day, it can soon take its toll on my mental health and I end up feeling less productive and sluggish. However, besides from social distancing, there are a number of ways to give your body the best possible chance of getting through this unscathed and keep you feeling like yourself.
Of course, I’m no expert on health, nutrition or the coronavirus, it’s just what I’ve learnt from my personal experiences and research and something I have a personal interest in.
Ensuring you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet is even more important during times like this. It can be very tempting to feed your angst with an abundance of naughty foods (if you can get your hands on any that is!) and pig out on chocolate just to make yourself feel better, however, this isn’t giving your body what it needs.
Eating a whole-food diet packed full of nutrients and vitamins will help boost your immune system so that you stand a better chance of fighting off the virus – if it comes your way. For example, foods that contain a high amount of vitamin C such as citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits can boost immunity. Vitamin C helps build up white blood cells which are great for fighting infections.
Of course, allow for little treats every now and again because hey, we definitely deserve it right now! But make sure the majority of your diet is being made up of healthy carbs, fats and proteins, with lots of fruit and veggies.
Get Enough Sleep
Getting those golden 8 hours is another way to help boost your immune system. It is said that getting the sufficient amount of sleep helps boost physical and brain health. A study found that people who get less than 6 hours sleep a night, are four times more likely to catch a cold. The same findings can be applied to coronavirus, although not proven, it would suggest that getting enough sleep can help your immune system fight off the virus.
As so many of us are working from home, in self-quarantine or social distancing, there’s really no excuse why we can’t grab those few extra hours in bed. Let’s be honest when we have to go to work, we find it hard to get out of it in the first place!
This is something I live by errrrrrryday even to the point I’m probably drinking way too much water. STAY HYDRATED PEOPLE. Anyone that knows me will know that water is my answer to everything, got a headache? Water! Feeling hungry and lunch isn’t for another 2 hours? Water! Yeah you get the drift but drinking enough water has soooo many benefits that I feel very strongly about (can you tell?)
Keeping hydrated is key for your body to function properly. It can help deliver oxygen to vital organs, keep your body’s natural defences strong and enhances your skins natural health and beauty.
This is something I’m actually a little worried about myself. As a regular gym goer, the idea of social distancing and gym closure is kinda my worst nightmare. Not only do I work out for my body, but I also do it for my mental health.
However, besides the gym there are lots of ways we can still stay active and we can use these ways to get outside. I’m making sure that I’m getting outside at least once a day whilst working at home, even if it’s just for a little lunchtime walk around the block.
There are also lots of workouts which can be done from the comfort of your own home. For example, you could create a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout where you do each exercise for 45 seconds and then rest for 15 seconds and repeat this around 4 or 5 times. This can be performed with exercises such as jump squats, burpees, high knees, press ups etc. I often do this on my cardio days as it is a great way to keep the calories burning for longer.
You can also go for a run and do sprint intervals to achieve the same effect. It is important that we don’t let this time detriment our health and hinder our goals, but instead use it as a time to get creative and come up with new ways to stay fit and healthy.
I’m still going to strive to be in a calorie deficit, so will be doing a lot of these exercises from home and away from the gym (cry cry cry).
High Levels of Hygiene
Last but not least and probably the most important, basic hygiene is key. You will have seen it everywhere as it is the World Health Organisation’s guidelines to follow for people to stay on top of their hygiene. It encourages everyone to thoroughly wash their hands with soap or an alcohol-based gel. Things like coughing into our elbow instead of our hands and catching it, binning it and killing it. We should also try not to touch our face, eyes or mouth as much as possible to decrease the chance of the virus spreading.
I am also regularly wiping down kitchen surfaces and cleaning the bathroom more frequently. As a lot of us are now working from home, it is important to keep the space where we are living clean, just in case a house member has already got COVID-19 or catches it. Remember, not everyone displays symptoms, so it is better to be on the safe side.
I hope these basic tips can be implemented into your lifestyle to help stop the spread of the virus and to keep yourself healthy. I’d love to hear what you’re doing to help boost your immune system in this unsettled time so please leave a comment below.