Staying healthy physically can help you stay healthy emotionally too. If you are eating the right food and keeping fit, your body will be strong enough to help you to cope with stress, and increase your ability to fight off illness. Here are 6 key tips to staying healthy both physically and emotionally:
Creating a new routine is so important. You still need to get up at your normal time – don’t stay in bed for that extra half hour, as it can have the opposite effect and make you feel more tired. We will all have our ups and downs during these challenging times but having and maintaining a routine will certainly help.
Drinking enough water each day is crucial for many reasons: to regulate your body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and to keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and your mood. Most of us find it challenging to drink enough water, but it is so important to ensure you are well hydrated. For those of you who are working from home you have no excuse, there will be a toilet close by for those regular visits. Over time it will become a lot easier to retain those fluids, so stick with it, you will feel better for it.
Regular & Healthy Meals
Make sure you have three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. We know it may be difficult to get fresh fruit and vegetables but if you can please do so. Try and prepare your own meals with fresh ingredients, as this will definitely have a positive impact on how you feel, provide you with more energy and help with your emotional wellbeing.
It’s very easy to slip into bad habits and have a biscuit, packet of crisps or that bar of chocolate that you normally keep for special one-off treats. If you are eating your three meals a day snacking in between should not be necessary, apart from the very odd occasions. Save that treat for the weekend like you normally would and for when you are sat in front of the television watching your favourite program or film.
If you are working from home now could be the perfect time to re-start your exercise regime. If you are still going to work why not introduce an exercise routine first thing in the morning or in the evening when you get home. You will be surprised at what you can do at home without the need for all that gym equipment. Look online there is some great information available and there are more and more fitness instructors introducing online classes / routines.
Some of you may be struggling to sleep; you may be worrying about loved ones, your elderly parents, family that are abroad, or even your own health. Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being. Sleep is important because it enables the body to repair and be fit and ready for another day. Getting adequate rest may also help prevent excess weight gain, heart disease and increased illness duration. Having a routine, staying hydrated, eating 3 healthy meals a day, no snacking and exercising will help with your sleep.
We all need to try and remain as positive as possible. There will certainly be times that we will feel low, we may be stressed with our partner or loved ones, perhaps even the odd heated conversations, but remaining healthy physically and emotionally will help alleviate the stress and strains that we’ll all be under.
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