Today, the new normal sheds light on the importance of good health and staying fit. Ever since the late 2019 and early 2020 pandemic reached its peak, ways of maintaining health during isolation (read more) became one of the most searched topics on the internet. From building a routine to taking frequent breaks from the monotony of homeschool and work, these simple steps are the key to maintaining bodily and mental wellness.
However, as time drags on, we need more than just those simple tips to get through every day. Extra help from supplements or learning a new coping mechanism to stress are some of the newer techniques to maintain your average holistic health. With us, discover these most recent ways to maintain your health and add them to your daily list of to-do’s before the year ends!
Consider Taking A Health Booster
These boosters can be vitamins, minerals, and other supplements readily supplied by the pharmacy. Vitamin C is a great example of a combatant against any disease, as it strengthens the immune system’s defenses and helps you recover faster when you’re sick.
However, a recent discovery of Cannabidiol can also be something you should look into when finding extra help in your health and immune system. CBD is a compound that can be found in hemp and can be considered as a close sister to Marijuana’s THC. However, CBD is a better choice as it does not cause a high in the user and is technically safe in the eyes of the law.
CBD is extracted in hemp through various methods, but mostly through CO2 extraction. Afterwards, the compound is mixed into formulas that can be turned into oils, capsules, chewable, and strains. These forms have viable Cannabidiol compounds that can assist your health, such as an increase in the immune system defenses, pain reduction, wound healing, and increased appetite. It can also help balance moods and ease anxiety and depression.
Modify Your Meals
Despite being extremely important in the long run, especially when you isolate, there are no known foods that have been studied and deemed effective in curing the rampant virus today. Modifying your meals can only help prevent the devastating effects on your health, as they provide vitamins that boost your immune system, protein to help speed up wound healing and prevent infection, and carbohydrates for energy consumption.
Avoiding simple sugars, processed foods, caffeinated drinks, and take-outs can also be just as helpful as changing your whole food consumption. These said junk food can be the culprit to not just bodily issues like obesity but also mental health, such as depression and anxiety.
Establish A Daily Pattern
Making your routine and sticking to it can provide a feeling of normalcy that oftentimes gets lost during quarantining. Most of us feel the effects of isolation, such as depression and anxiety, and one way to combat that is to make sure your daily chores, work, and mealtimes all have a place on the clock.
By not doing so, binge eating or eating out of boredom can happen, leading us to gain more weight than our BMI. Practicing mindful eating can combat this, which is an act that balances our calorie intake from our bodily requirements and energy consumption.
Some ways to practice this is through knowing what you eat right in front of you. This includes turning off distractions, like your phone and the TV. Serving your food and avoiding eating straight from the bag can also avoid the mirage that you’re eating less than what’s actually inside the container. Lastly, take small bites and take your time chewing your food properly.
The World Health Organization has pushed the importance of proper sleep, diet, and exercise in many of its articles. Though the first two are just as equally important as the last one, we’ll be focusing on physical activity for this item.
Physical activity should be maintained even when you’re isolated or quarantining with your family. Just because the gym is closed doesn’t mean you can skip out on breaking a sweat. According to WHO, even just standing up and walking around (link: https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/publications-and-technical-guidance/noncommunicable-diseases/stay-physically-active-during-self-quarantine) for every half an hour can break the pattern of a sedentary lifestyle. However, doing exercises with or without the help of gym equipment should be done daily.
Of course, for every session, you should also take frequent breaks and hydrate as often as possible. Keeping your water bottle beside you or setting your alarm to remind you to drink water is one great way to develop the habit.
Have A Restful Sleep
As mentioned above, sleep, diet, and physical activity are the three major things you shouldn’t overlook if you want to maintain your bodily health this year. Sleep becomes the fundamental and perhaps the most important part of the trio. If you have a poor sleep, the way you do your decision-making becomes poor, which affects your ability to choose healthy foods. If you sleep poorly, then you won’t have the energy to do exercise in the morning or afternoon, prompting you to skip.
If you’re looking for a starting point, then begin by modifying your sleeping schedule and making sure you get 8 hours of sleep between 9 pm and 3 am. It doesn’t matter if you start your day at 4 am, because a restful sleep can give you enough energy to power through the day.