It can be quite a challenge to keep your health in check and keep up with the healthy lifestyle during the lockdowns. Although our lives have been disrupted and the way we work, socialize, and exercise has changed, there are still a lot of things we can do to protect our health and well-being.
The coronavirus outbreak can be exceptionally hard for transgender persons, as they are disproportionally affected by poverty, unemployment, and homelessness, and thus, facing even more severe health challenges.
Strengthening your immune system during the Coronavirus pandemic is critical, so read on to learn more about the five best ways to invest in your health during self-quarantine.
How to Eat Healthily During Self-Quarantine
A diet that supports good health is highly recommended during our prolonged staying at home. As most of us are less physically active than we used to be, it is essential to prioritize well-balanced nutrition. Even though most of us are buying groceries less frequently, and in some cases, the supply may be more limited than usual, it is still possible to keep your meals nourishing and healthy.
While doing shopping during these times, try to be as strategic as possible. Opt for fresh produce, like sturdy veggies and starches. Broccoli, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts can be kept outside the freezer for a long time. When buying canned, frozen, or dried items, make sure they are low in sugar, fat, and salt.
Try Intermittent Fasting
There is a lot of buzz about intermittent fasting lately, and for a good reason! By changing your eating approach, you can not only improve your health but also reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Intermittent fasting has multiple benefits, like enhanced mental clarity and concentration, and more energy. So, how does it work? Simply, you don’t eat for a certain amount of time that is also known as the fasting window. It is allowed to drink liquid without calories during this time. During the feeding window, you can eat, but still don’t take this as an opportunity to stuff your body with low-quality food, as you will reduce the benefits of fasting. It is always best to resort to nutrient-rich foods.
This natural approach to eating allows your body to repair the damaged cells and also to access the fat stores that can be used as a source of energy. Fasting adjusts certain hormones in your body, helping it function at a more optimal level.
Include Home Workouts in Your Schedule
Strict governmental measures focused on tackling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a toll on almost everybody. It is advised to stay at home worldwide, so people are moving less than ever before.
Keeping your health at its optimum takes more than balanced nutrition combined with periods of fasting; you also need to stay physically active. Regular exercises can help you combat stress and anxiety, and also support your immune system, both of which are critical during a health crisis like the one we are witnessing right now.
The good news is that many world-renowned fitness experts and companies have offered their exercise programs for free since the pandemic has started. You can choose between an abundance of free or affordable at-home workouts. With YouTube streaming exercise videos, fitness apps, and Zoom Zumba live classes, it has never been easier (and more affordable) to work out and keep your health on track.
Take Steps to Improve the Quality of Your Sleep
Many medical experts agree that a good night’s rest is one of the most important factors to a strong immune system. And with today’s global health crisis and predictions of a recession, it may be harder than ever to get quality, restorative sleep. When we are anxious and worried, we get to a state of physiological elevation, and our bodies naturally go to fight or flight state. These processes affect our ability to relax and get a good night’s sleep.
So what can you do? Focus on the things you can control, like practicing good sleeping hygiene. Good sleep habits can help you get adequate sleep. Reduce your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon, and also limit your alcohol consumption. Next, make sure to get enough exercise during the day, and to go to bed every night at the same time.
Your bedroom should be comfortable, relaxing, quiet, and also electronic device-free as the light from the screens disrupts the sleep.
Look After Your Mental Health
Mental health is often neglected, and it is now more important than ever to practice self-care with an emphasis on mental health. However, although most of us are spending our days in our homes, it is still possible to take some time for yourself and work on your stress levels. Breathing exercises, yoga, and various relaxation techniques can be practiced almost anywhere. And just 10 minutes of mindfulness meditation can improve your cognitive abilities, provide clarity and calm.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, and you need additional support to cope with stress, anxiety, or other mental health issues, you can resort to online therapy.
Although physical distancing is advisable, that doesn’t imply social distancing! Keeping in touch with your friends and family and having that support system during these challenging times is invaluable!