Turn On The News!
We know you might think this will bring you more stress after you already spent the whole day hearing about the outbreak of the coronavirus. However, staying informed is crucial if we want to win a fight against a virus. Choose your sources wisely, listen to the experts, and spread the word about the importance of quarantine.
Now, Turn Off The News!
Being informed about the current situation and the recommendations that each countries’ medical experts are deploying each day is good, but having the capacity to deal with it is even more critical. The ‘’News’’ in this context is everything - TV, radio stations, and social media. Your mind and your body need to rest from the inevitable rise of cortisol that was occurring during the day.
Take A Hot Shower
Washing your hands frequently and adequately is the base of every responsible behavior during this pandemic, but washing your whole body in the evening will undoubtedly help you relax. Your muscles and your nervous system, they can all relax if you take a hot shower or a bath. You can try a cold one in the morning if you can stand the immense struggle your body will undergo, as it is equally beneficial for our mental strength.
Preferably before you take a shower, though! Staying healthy is hard if you are deprived of the benefits of the outside world like a gym is. But do not worry, you can do all of this at home, and you do not need any specific equipment. Bodyweight training, which people also refer to as calisthenics, is the way to go while under quarantine.
If you think this is easier than bodyweight training, you might be in for a surprise. Mastering yoga is a process that takes years, so what better time to start than now? The benefits of focusing your mind on breathing while doing heavy stretching are enormous. You will be tired, but you will be relaxed as well, and that is a state much needed when everyone around you is panicking.
If you want to stay healthy, you need to eat healthy. Our immune system needs all the help it can get from us if the worst-case scenario happens. There are plenty of healthy options you can eat in the evening. Almonds, walnuts, and raisins can be a great snack, as they are full of protein and valuable antioxidants your body needs, and even more so before you go to sleep.
Play A Game With Your Family
Focusing on something fun, instead of worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow is a viable tactic humans like to experiment with. If you can not be outside playing football or basketball, you can stay at home and play a board game like Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit.
Read A Book
Nothing beats reading a good book. Digging deep into someone’s imagination and creativity can be a perfect way to put your worrying mind to ease. Maybe skip the virus outbreak narratives, at least for now.
About the Author
Antonia is a sociologist and an anglicist by education, but a writer and a behavior enthusiast by inclination. If she's not writing, editing or reading, you can usually find her snuggling with her huge dog or being obsessed with a new true-crime podcast. She also has a (questionably) healthy appreciation for avocados and Seinfeld.
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