There is no denying it: the coronavirus pandemic turned our world upside down. Never before have we been asked to shelter in our own homes. But along with the threat of going outdoors, people are also facing another problem — this one could be even more sinister than the health crisis outdoors. People are physical and mentally exhausted from the fears that the virus instills in them.
Thankfully, there are many ways you can stay mentally and physically fit while quarantined at home. If you are alone, you can keep in touch with your families and friends using the internet. If you are with family, you can create some amazing activities that will be fun for everyone.
First and foremost, take care of your physical health. Eat the right food. Exercise daily even when you’re at home. Make it a point to prepare healthy meals such as fruits and vegetables, so you can still get the nutrition your body needs. Go out and soak under the sun for that needed vitamin D. If you can, walk or run around the block for some cardio exercises.
You can even turn your basement into a home gym. Also, improve the quality of your indoor air. This is the main culprit why you often feel suffocated and tired at home. Poor indoor air quality can trigger allergies. You can call an HVAC technician to check if your ventilation unit is working properly. Your house needs proper air circulation.
It is important to recognize that anxiety is a normal reaction for people under stress. The pandemic is a stressful event for everyone. Experiencing anxiety because of the pandemic is not a sign of weakness. Plenty of people are going through the same thing as you are. However, you need to take hold of yourself. Meditate. Do some stretching exercises. Calm your mind.
Educate yourself about the coronavirus. You have to know what you’re facing to calm your fears. Your knowledge of how to prevent yourself from contracting the virus will help manage your anxiety and stress.
Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re always happy and free of problems. It means you know how to handle your varying emotions. You know how to deal with certain situations that are not always ideal for you. Emotionally healthy individuals are in control of their thoughts and feelings. They can cope with life’s challenges and bounce back from setbacks.
Reach out to your friends and families. Ask them how they are. Knowing that you are going through the same things will keep you grounded. It will change your perspective of what’s happening around you.
These are unusual times for everyone. It pays to know what you’re dealing with, and what you could be facing in the coming months and years. And although being stuck at home can be detrimental to your health, know that this is the one thing you do that’s protecting you, your family and anyone you can come in contact with.