You’re living in a time that no one could have imagined and it has affected everyone in different ways. What is most important now is making sure that you stay mentally and physically healthy during this unfortunate time.
A healthy mindset and body can have a positive impact on your life, just as an unhealthy mindset and body can have a negative impact on your life. Therefore, you should put in the effort to make healthy and productive choices because they will pay off in many ways, now and in the future.
Confront Any Health Problems You May Have
Whether you have pre-existing or newly developed health problems, you should get them treated right away. A weakened immune system puts you at risk of developing more health complications that could be life-threatening and can significantly affect your mental and physical wellbeing.
If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of illness make an appointment with a Telehealth provider immediately. You do not have to put off treatment because you are in quarantine. Telehealth providers are reachable through online communication technologies that allow you to speak to a doctor in real-time, from your own house.
Use this time to speak with a doctor about any health problems you may have developed in quarantine or any problems that you may have been putting off, like bedroom related difficulties such as erectile dysfunction due to stress or sciatica caused by poor at-home work posture.
Most Telehealth clinicians can even prescribe the necessary medications such as viagra for erectile dysfunction or muscle relaxers for sciatica. Take the initiative and see a virtual doctor to deal with any health concerns you may have, before returning to the office. The sooner you deal with the health issues you’re experiencing, the closer you will be to a better mental and physical state.
Develop a Home Exercise Routine
Have you been putting off exercising because you can’t go to the gym or attend your regular exercise class? Many people feel like they can’t get in as good of a workout from their home as they can at the gym or in a fitness studio because they lack the proper equipment.
However, that is not the case! You can easily get in a great workout in your living room or outside. If you don’t have weights, an elliptical, or a balance ball to help add resistance to your workouts then just increase your reps. For instance, if you do 3 sets of 10 squats with 50 lb resistance, then increase that to 4 sets of 30 squats with no resistance. You can also go for a leisurely run outside or get into HITT workouts if you’re interested in cardio.
The American Heart Association recommends that you get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week, or a combination of both. Getting regular exercise can increase your mood and energy levels, help with weight loss, reduce your risk of illness or disease, and help with sleep and relaxation quality, all of which will benefit you now more than ever. So, create a home workout routine that is right for you!
Practice Meditation to Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Lastly, practicing meditation can help you ease yourself into all of the changes you have been experiencing. Meditation is often overlooked or looked down on because you don’t think it works or you don’t think you have the time. However, it only takes a few minutes a day to practice and there are meditation apps that can walk you through it.
Your typical day-to-day likely does not look the same as it used to, and you have probably experienced some stress or anxiety regarding that and many other things. This is where practicing meditation will come in handy. If you begin to feel overpowered by all of the changes you are seeing, lay your yoga mat down and meditate for 5-10 minutes. This will help you relax and destress.
Remaining positive and healthy during these trying times can be difficult but there are plenty of actions you can take to better yourself. Although it may be hard to make these lifestyle changes at first, it will be worth it in the long run when you’re feeling like the healthiest and happiest version of yourself.