Coronavirus has strongly affected the lives of all of us and today a large number of people are forced to stay at home. Our company has prepared a small guide on how to stay mentally and physically healthy these days!
It is now difficult to find a person who would not be somehow affected by the influence of this virus. The daily routine has changed a lot for many people. You no longer need to go to work or hold meetings with your colleagues (except for remote communication of course), but since for many of us this routine is completely new, here are some simple tips on how to maintain your mental and physical health!
A simple regimen can significantly save your inner strength and calm in your family; a daily plan is especially important for young children.
Whether you work from home or just quarantine, you should have a clear daily routine. When are breakfast, lunch, and dinner? When is the time for playing with children and when you watch movies and TV shows? Get up in the morning, do your exercises and cook yourself a nutritious breakfast. Do not forget to get out of your pajamas, so it will be easier for you to go into working condition. Try to divide space into the working space and everything else. Try not to work in bed or in front of the TV, as this can distract attention and increase anxiety. Proper posture is up to you and your chair, so provide yourself with an ergonomic workspace – you don’t want back pain.
Work at home can negatively affect our nutritional schedule. Still when the refrigerator is so close! Frequent snacks can completely change your normal diet. If you still allow yourself small snacks, then they should be nutritious: nuts, dried fruits, and sliced vegetables. This way you can have a snack without bad feelings and at the same time, you get a large portion of vitamins and other important elements.
If you only drink tea and coffee, you might get dehydrated. Experts recommend drinking water, not soft drinks, to fight thirst and restore water balance. After a cup of tea containing caffeine, nutritionists advise drinking another glass of water.
The caffeine contained in coffee leaches calcium from the body and interferes with its absorption. Half a liter of water improves metabolism by 30%, favorably affects digestion and the functioning of all organs. A lot of water is also good for your skin’s condition.
Warm-up allows you to bring to working condition those muscle groups that in the near future will have to work during the day. The simplest example of a warm-up is felt every morning immediately after waking up. Almost involuntary sipping prepares the body to move to a vertical position, spreading and slightly warming up the muscles of the arms, legs and straightening the spine. It is important to do a small warm-up in the morning and to make pauses in work in front of the computer. Exercise will relieve stress and help you stay fit even without going to the gym. You can also download mobile apps to help you do the exercises correctly.
Get enough sleep
Sleep is critical for keeping yourself healthy. Although it may seem that you can stay awake all night, breaking your sleep habits can also endanger your immune system. Try to maintain your normal sleep pattern or improve it. Get seven to eight hours of sleep if working from home. This will not only strengthen your immune system but also improve your mood and productivity throughout the day.
Wash your hands more often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
Soap and water are the best options if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day
High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
Pro tip: Give special attention to the entrance of the house/flat. It has to be separate from the other rooms as much as possible.
Assure that everybody:
- Takes off their shoes at the entrance
- Makes laundry more often
- Does dishes more frequently – do not leave piles of dishes in the sink
- Takes a good shower with soap
*Steps 6 & 7 are taken from the CDC. Full information can be found here.
**Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; it does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Soapy; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programs.
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