Keeping your body and mind in good shape is absolutely critical to allow yourself to live a long and happy life. This is especially true in light of recent events and the coronavirus pandemic. The reality is that every single one of us has experienced some kind of interruption in our lives that have caused us to practice social distancing as we bunker down at home and wait for our lives to resume. But we are social creatures and staying in prolonged isolation can take a toll on our body and minds so it is important to practice self care while we social distance. Here are essential self care tips for social distancing from HiDow International.
Check-in With Yourself Often
The first step in practicing self care is checking in with yourself frequently. With the recent coronavirus lockdown guidelines that have been put in place, we have had to adjust the way we interact with our support network, so now more than ever it is important to check in with yourself to see what you need.
This check-in time with yourself can take the form of decompressing or meditation where you spend 15 minutes paying attention to how your body feels, how you feel emotionally, and if you need anything at the moment.
Fuel Your Body With Healthy Foods
Your body is a machine and it requires good fuel in order to run properly. Fueling your body with healthy foods is essential to maintaining peak mental and physical health that you need while you social distance.
Being home so much means that you spend more time snacking and eating meals more regularly than you may have been prior to the coronavirus pandemic. While there is nothing wrong with snacking while you are home, make sure that you are eating healthy snacks and watching your portion control.
In addition to eating healthy, it is also important to stay active. In the absence of in-person gyms, the importance of getting a good at-home workout has never been so relevant. There are incredible workouts that you can do in your living room with or without weights and dumbbells.
You can also go out around the neighborhood for walks and jogs throughout the day. Just make sure that you bring your mask with you and practice social distancing to avoid contact with any of your neighbors who have the same idea about going for a walk.
If you do workout out at home, remember to include every step of the workout: warming up properly and recovering after with stretches and electro-stimulation.
Stay Connected With Friends and Family
Finally, it is important to stay connected with friends and family, even if it is only through online social media platforms. Having a face to face conversation with people is important for our mental health and not being able to meet in person will surely have some adverse effects. You can easily stay connected with friends and family without risking anyone’s health by jumping on facetime, Zoom, or Skype to have conversations, stream the same TV shows together, or to enjoy a virtual meal.