Staying healthy when you are stuck at home takes a little bit more work than you might be used to. Things that you took for granted before, like the simple act of going for a jog outside are gone. But they do need to be replaced for you to stay healthy. Here are a few things you can do to stay healthy when you’re stuck at home.
It’s important to make sure that you are getting enough sleep at night and that the sleep you get is of high quality. It can be all too easy when you’re stuck at home to let you sleep schedule slip by staying up late to watch something on TV or get too few hours of sleep. The quality of your sleep can change too, especially as you might be adding more alcohol right before bed to your routine or watching TV right up until bedtime.
Keep Your Mind Active
You need to keep your mind active, especially if you suddenly find yourself without work. This means doing a puzzle or playing one of those mind game apps on your phone. Keeping your mind active will help keep it young but it will also help keep negative thoughts at bay.
Keep Your Body Active
Yes, I put keeping your mind active before keeping your body active, but only because I feel like this one should be more obvious. The human body isn’t designed for sitting on the couch all day. It’s important to move around and do physical activity. Stretch throughout the day, do yoga, and do some free workouts from Youtube every day to keep your body in good working order.
Eat Fresh Foods as Much as Possible
Fresh food is without a doubt the healthiest and best for you. That’s why it is so important to eat as much of it as you can. This means fresh produce, fresh meat, and fresh dairy. Sure, buying frozen or canned food will do in a pinch, but the best foods for you are fresh. So make sure you’re eating plenty of that, grow your own if you have to! If you have a window in your house, you can grow food.
Get Fresh Air
While you’re stuck inside all day it is important to make sure you keep getting fresh air. You should open up all your doors and windows at least once a day for 15-30 minutes to let the air in the house circulate. You should also make sure you’re getting some of that fresh air in your lungs for 20 minutes every day.
Keep in Touch
Finally, it is important for you to keep in touch with your family and friends even though you are forced to be apart. Studies have shown that text isn’t a great replacement for face to face conversation. So yes, keep up those WhatsApp groups, but also schedule some time for video calls. Aim for at least one video call a day. It doesn’t have to be a long call, even just 10 minutes to check in with your family or friends will do.
Are you staying healthy while stuck at home? I am staying healthy, well I am trying. My family and I have started implementing these ideas to ensure that we are. I hope they help you too.
LaToyia, The Motivated Mom