The devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are almost too numerous to count. However, it has also brought to the forefront the importance of maintaining your health. Let’s look at a few ways to do just that.
The Value of Good Nutrition
Everyone takes a break from eating healthy. It happens while on vacation and during social gatherings. However, as a whole, eating right needs to remain a top priority for you and your family. Healthy foods with a high nutritional value such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean meats will allow your body to function up to par and reduce your risk of contracting common ailments like colds.
Even if you become pressed for time, the morning bowl of cereal can be good for you if you select ones high in nutrition.
Get Up and Move
Too many people sit for extended periods of time. Whether it’s working at the office or relaxing at home on your phone or in front of the TV, the lack of movement is not good for you. While at the office make sure to take breaks often to stretch your legs and clear your mind. At home, limit the use of cell phones, iPads, TV and gaming devices. Replace the time with things that require physical activity. You can take a brisk walk or a bike ride together, anything that gets you up off the sofa.
Sleep Repairs the Body
You may view sleep as a way to wake up feeling good. However, what you may not know is that when in a sound sleep your body is performing essential repairs and storing events from the day into permanent memory banks. Sleep is vital to sustaining health. If you have trouble falling asleep try taking a hot bath with Epsom salts or scents that promote sleep such as lavender. Some people hang blackout curtains to eliminate light and distractions and use a fan to drown out noise.
Get Rid of Bad Habits
Most people have a few bad habits. However, while some are annoying to others, like leaving the toilet seat up, others can have deadly consequences. Excessive drinking, smoking, and using drugs are all choices that can cause irreversible damage to the body. Despite increased public awareness and warnings, people still engage in these destructive behaviors. If you want to quit but don’t have the strength to go it alone, you don’t have to. There are rehab facilities throughout the country, and in every state, to assist with a full recovery. If your children view this as a normal occurrence, they too may end up with the bad habit.
Stress is something you can’t avoid. However, when stress begins to dictate your life, it can become harmful. A job with constant deadlines, mornings with chaos, and financial hardships can all contribute to a life dominated by stress. Finding ways to reduce your daily stress is necessary to improve your overall health. If you stress each morning to get children off to school, set your alarm a half-hour earlier. If the job is creating excessive levels of stress find ways to take some of the pressures off you by decreasing your workload. Taking a yoga class or meditating daily will also allow you to lower stress levels and feel good.
Take Some Time Off
Holding a full-time job, maintaining a home, and raising a family can take a toll on your mental health. Everyone needs downtime. Make an effort to secure time slots for relaxation. You can read a book, take a walk or start a new hobby.
You have one life to live. In order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you need to eat well, exercise and find ways to satisfy your inner yearnings.