How To Stay Healthy And Active At Home WhileSocial Distancing Given the current situation, it is becoming more and more apparent that social distancing is not only a good idea but necessary to savelives, and because of that, most of us are stuck at home.
How To Stay Healthy And Active At Home WhileSocial Distancing

 Since socializing with others is being activelydiscouraged, our lives are being fundamentally changed - from how we work to how we play. However, we still need to take care of ourphysical and mental wellbeing.

 This can be done by making healthy diet choices,remaining upbeat, and being physically active - even while staying indoors - for your healthand everyone else’s health.

 Here are some simple ways to stay healthyand active at home:

 Number 1 - Find A Routine And Stick To It It is often not before some kind of disruptionthat you realize just how important a daily routine is when it comes to work and family. Preparing breakfast, going to work, socializingwith your friends, and so forth - these are all very enriching and ingrained into yourlife. While having to stay at home, for now, it’scrucial to create a new routine and find alternative ways to stay active.

 Sure, it may be tempting to stay in your pajamasall day or do your work from bed if you’re able to, but this will wear on you and canhave adverse effects on your mood and motivation. On the flip side, having a routine is shownto have positive benefits on your mental health. For example, you can wake up at the same timeevery day, get some exercise, and then have a healthy and nutritious breakfast – thiswill create a positive start to your day. 

Number 2 - Get Some Fresh Air Fresh air is vital to our health and wellbeing,especially now that we are undergoing so much stress. If you aren’t sick and haven’t been traveling,there should be no problem with spending brief amounts of time outside - as long as you stayat least six feet from others. 

But imagine if everyone were going out, itwould be impossible to maintain that distance - which would quickly defeat the purpose ofsocial distancing. Fortunately, you can get fresh air into yourlungs every day without actually leaving the house. If you have a garden or a back yard, walkaround for a bit or do some stretches. If you live in an apartment, sit on your balconyfor a few minutes.

 Alternatively, you can simply open a windowand take a few deep breaths. 

Number 3 - Keep The Mind Active As important as staying physically healthyis while stuck at home, it is equally important to keep your mind occupied. The mind and body work in tandem - they supportone another, and you are at your healthiest when both are maintained. It’s tempting to curl up and “binge-watch”all of your favorite TV shows - and this sort of mindless entertainment has its place andtime; but educational programs like documentaries or quiz shows can help keep your brain stayengaged while deprived of its usual stimulation, both social and intellectual.

 Engaging in other activities - such as wordor math problems and puzzles like sudoku - also help to keep your mind sharp and aid in positivethinking.

 Number 4 - Get Things Done Its always important to feel a sense of accomplishment,and even more so during periods of extended downtime. This is true for both children and adults. Focus on things that you usually can’t findthe time for. Perhaps you can play games or make an artproject with your children. Or spend more time with your spouse. You can also use this time to tackle a householdproject that has been lingering, or simply clean up and do more cooking.

 Number 5 - Fight Boredom When all the nightclubs, bars, concerts, andsporting events are canceled or closed, what’s left to do? Well, there are many other things to do! That book or a backlog of magazines you’vebeen meaning to read… Now is your chance. The Netflix series that everyone at work wastelling you to watch is another great way to uplift yourself from the endless news cycle. If you crave audio stimulation, music andpodcasts await you - the perfect thing to do while performing your daily routine orgetting some fresh air.

 Number 6 - Stay In Touch Its critical in these times of isolation tonot feel so alone. Socializing regularly with others helps staveoff depression and clears your mind. That’s why it is so important to make andmaintain remote connections with those you love. The extra effort put forth will be appreciatedby both your circle of friends and family. When possible, video-chat with loved onesfor that extra personal touch. If you have family or friends who fall intoa high-risk group - due to their age or some underlying medical condition - make sure toreach out to them regularly. Just once or twice a day, even briefly, canwork wonders for both you and them.

 Number 7 - Adjust To Working From Home As health officials are urging everyone tostay inside, more people are working from home now - and many of them are adjustingto it for the first time. Working remotely actually has many benefits. It eliminates daily commutes, boosts productivity,and leads to healthier lifestyles. For some people, however, it can result infeelings of isolation and longing for friends at work.

 If you’ve never worked from home before,encourage your employer to use instant messaging for your day to day communications or to havevideo-chat meetings weekly. It can help you feel less alone and more connectedto your team. Designating a quiet, relaxing space as yourhome office is much better than working on your laptop in front of the TV.

 It sets the right tone and helps you stayfocused - away from distractions you may not be used to at work. It’s also important to let others in yourhousehold know what is expected of you as you work from home, and that a quiet distraction-freeworkspace is needed.

 Number 8 - Replace Lost Physical Contact Humans are social beings and need physicaltouch. And while we often don’t realize it, a smileand a hug go a long way. If you are at home with your family and everyoneis healthy, it’s probably OK to have reasonable amounts of physical contact. Just remember to maintain handwashing routinesand avoid touching your face. Pets can also help us with our cravings forphysical contact.

 Petting or hugging your devoted furry friendcan do wonders. It may not be the same as human contact, butit is the next best thing. If physical contact with your family or apet isn’t a possibility, do something to treat yourself and make yourself as comfortableas possible. Snuggle up with a warm blanket, or hold awarm beverage so you can feel physically comforted.

 Number 9 - Limit Your Exposure To The News If you’re watching or listening to the newsnonstop, or even setting aside extra time in your new routine for it, this section isfor you! Too much social media and news is never agood thing, let alone in the middle of a global health crisis. Turning your notifications off or limitingnews to once or twice a day is enough to keep up on the latest developments - without negativelyaffecting your mental health. Also, try to focus on local news and don’tget caught up in grandiose scenarios or what-ifs.

 Number 10 - Take Mindfulness Breaks De-stressing is more imperative now than ever,and experts suggest taking mini mindfulness breaks throughout the day. Taking even five minutes to turn your attentioninward, focus on your breathing, and to block out the outside world can help you unwindimmensely. If the idea of doing this practice seems strangeor daunting, check online for videos and apps to help you get started.

 Number 11 - Practice Random Acts Of Kindness Just because we are social distancing doesn’tmean that we can’t help others. You can donate blood, donate to a food bank,or make sure your elderly neighbors and family members have food and medical supplies. Thanks to the internet, you can even helpothers remotely. Consider donating to organizations that providesupport for people in need, or breaking up the monotony of your diet at home by supportinglocal restaurants that offer delivery.

 Social distancing is something entirely newto our society, but it is only temporary. We will get through this. People will return to work just as the toiletpaper and hand sanitizer will return to the shelves. Until then, we all need to work together andstay at home. We need to do our part for our communitiesand families.

 So, how are you dealing with social distancing? And what do you find the most challengingabout it? Share your thoughts and comments below! 

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