People around the world are encouraged to keep themselves and other people safe from the virus by observing social distancing, isolating, and ensuring good hygiene daily. Everyone has to do their share to curb the spread of COVID-19, and this means keeping yourself healthy and well.
Here are the best ways to stay healthy during the rise of COVID-19.
- Oral Health
Your mouth plays a crucial role in your overall well-being. You need to understand how your oral health impacts your total health to keep not just your teeth and mouth healthy, but also keep the rest of your body in great shape. Remember, germs from your mouth can travel and multiply en-route to other body organs such as your lungs, brains, heart, kidneys, and pancreas. You risk compromising your immune system if you neglect to make oral wellness one of your health priorities.
Because of the daily news updates of death tolls and infection rates, it’s difficult for anyone to keep their stress and anxiety levels at bay. However, intense and continuous stress is detrimental to your health, and needs to be managed right away. Exercising and staying active can help you reduce stress and ease the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Regular exercise can also flush out any toxins in your body and strengthen your immune system.
However, the way that people exercise has changed due to COVID, which may be one of the contributing stressors. People are no longer able to exercise in conventional places such as gyms or parks. However, depending on your location and lockdown regulations, you may still be able to go out for a jog or brisk walk in uncrowded areas. There are also plenty of online classes and materials which can help you stay active within the confines of your home.
Meditation can help you manage stress that can compromise the immune system. There are different forms of meditation, and you can try them out until you find the one that works for you in your distinct situation. For some meditation can mean practicing deep breathing, walking in nature, journaling, listening to music, and practicing yoga. No matter which method works for you, the goal is to reach a point of calm and relaxation that can carry you through the day.
Getting enough sleep is crucial for your immune system. Your body can fight off infections better when you get enough quality sleep. Practice healthy sleep patterns and get in as many hours as you can for a good night’s rest.
Some great tips you can try out to improve the quality of your sleep are the following:
- Invest in comfortable pillows and mattress
- Make the environment conducive for sleep by adjusting dimness and noise levels
- Avoid gadgets that stimulate your mind before you go to bed.
Staying at home makes binge eating a constant temptation. You must, however, consider this time as an opportunity to consume foods that boost your immune system. These immune boosters include fruits, vegetables, garlic, ginger, yogurt, almonds, and many others. Experiment with cooking creative dishes that include these immune boosters, and avoid refined sugars. You can also introduce immune-boosting supplements into your daily routine.
The nature of the virus is that it can be spread through touching of hands, coughing, sneezing, sweating. This is the reason why body contact with people who are not from the same household should be avoided at all costs. Follow the WHO guidelines and wash and sanitize your hands regularly. Clean your surroundings frequently and make sure to cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue.
- Wear Masks
Most countries have now made the practice of wearing masks a law. In some places, one can even be fined for going out in public without one. Stay healthy and curb the spread of the virus by making sure that you’re always wearing your mask whenever you have to go out of your home.
COVID-19 is a global concern. You have to make sure that you’re doing all you can to keep yourself and other people safe and healthy. There are daily practices you can observe to fight the pandemic and protect your immune system. These include maintaining good oral health, exercising, eating well, meditating, sleeping well, and ensuring daily hygiene.
Make sure you’re also following the lockdown guidelines of your country to protect yourself and the members of your community. Only go out of your home if you have no other choice, and make sure that you’re wearing a mask every time.