It’s no secret that people worldwide are spending more time at home. As COVID-19 dominates the headlines and gives us new obstacles while navigating everyday life, it can be easy to chill around the house all day, munching on potato chips and exercising your thumb on the remote control.
Work arrangements are also being altered all around the globe. Many employers are telling their workers to work from home regularly, further increasing the amount of time spent inside your four walls.
If your workspace and your living space are the same, it can be tempting to take your very own food vacation, never exit your pyjama bottoms, neglect your overall hygiene, or forget the outside world exists. Don’t do those things.
Take a peek at these six tips on how to start being healthier at home today.
Diet and nutrition
Life during COVID-19 is stressful. Emotional eating is one of the ways we combat that stress. Round-the-clock eating replaces regular mealtimes. When boredom hits, we eat instead of filling our time with our habits and routines at our typical hangouts or meeting places.
Instead of downing four chocolate croissants, a sugar-filled cappuccino, and a pair of donuts for breakfast before a pot of pasta for lunch, opt for whole foods containing leafy greens, oranges, and tomatoes.
To avoid getting sick, enhance your diet with Vitamin-C, especially if you refuse to eat your fruits and vegetables. Discipline is key. Eat at regular times and avoid snacking every two hours. Watch your carb intake and give your body a break. You’ll be glad you did.
Get adequate sleep
Odds are you know someone who gets grumpy when they’re tired. The remedy? Sleep more.
People who sleep a minimum of seven hours per night can immediately reap the benefits of better health, mood, memory, and happiness. Sleeping also helps:
- Your immune system
- Reduce chances of heart disease
- Prevent weight gain
- Increase productivity
- Increase in exercise performance
By going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, this will mitigate the need for midday naps, boosting productivity and creativity while putting you in a better mood.
Need some help falling asleep and counting sheep just isn’t working? Get into a routine at night to get both your mind and body relaxed for the night ahead. Maybe some meditation is in order? Stop looking at your phone or your computer before you head to bed. Those blue lights will warp your eyes, and the notifications will be there in the morning. Sweet dreams.
Realize and minimize your stress
The first step of finding a solution to your stress is realizing what is making you anxious, nervous, or on edge.
If you are stressed out about some meetings you have at work next week, you have identified your problem. Work backward. What are you now doing that could alleviate some of this stress?
Try living in the present moment and doing your very best each moment. Limit the amount of time you think about the past or future and move the needle toward success every day.
It’s natural to assume the more time you spend at home, the more cluttered it can become. Organize your things and arrange them in a way that inspires creativity and productivity.
And lastly, breathe. Just breathe. Inhale. Close your eyes. Picture a wave rumbling on the horizon, smoothly washing the sand off your feet once it reaches the shore. See the sun setting over an empty dock, seagulls cooing in the distance.
Take time for yourself
This one may sound counterintuitive but think about this: self-care is the lifeblood of our bodies. Without it, we would burn out completely.
As workers, we often take care of things for our bosses or other people in the workplace. We run errands for or help out family members, do tasks, and spend time on things not directly related to ourselves.
On top of it all, we are utterly obsessed with our gadgets and technology. Read a book. Go for a jog. Listen to three hours of music. Cook yourself a nice meal. Go on a hike. Grab your camera and snap some shots.
Whatever it is you like to do, carve out time to do the things that make you happy. And when you’re happy, you’re healthy.
Spend some (virtual) time with your loved ones
Perhaps the pandemic separated you and your partner. Maybe some of your family members have been infected, or you are staying away from elderly family members to keep them as safe as possible during this unprecedented time. Just because you can’t see them in person doesn’t mean you have to cut off communication altogether.
Being at home for an extended period can be lonely. Especially during the impending winter’s blues, being alone can be depressing and can adversely affect your mental, physical, and psychological health. Humans are social beings. We crave attention, camaraderie, acceptance, companionship, and physical touch.
If you want to avoid a case of down-in-the-dumps while you’re spending more time than usual in the home, make time for your loved ones. They’ll be glad to see your face. Don’t forget your pets!
Get out of the house
The last way to feel healthier at home? Get out of your home! – It’s been said for decades: To be healthy, you have to exercise.
Various workout regimens allow you to work out and get fit from the comfort of your home, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) or complete, all-in-one home gyms.
Perhaps you’re not ready for intense physical fitness training. Don’t worry, just by walking for 15 minutes every day; you can expect better mental health, weight loss, better sleep, and better sex. Now, who doesn’t want that?
Getting outside also allows you to connect with nature. Did you know that biophilia is defined as a deep need to be around nature and is directly correlated to better mental health?
That’s right. So book a trip to your nearest national nature preserve and recharge your batteries.