During these challenging times, it is the responsibility of every Canadian to practice social distancing in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19 cases. In other words, we should all avoid coming into close proximity with others. This goal means we have to forgo visiting the gym, restaurants, swimming pools, and other gathering places. The isolation that this pandemic imposes can lead to some unhealthy habits, but we have useful tips on how you can stay in good health until things return to normal.
Many people have reported increased eating during this quarantine, especially the consumption of unhealthy snacks and meals. Most individuals don’t usually spend their entire day with easy access to food. However, the pandemic means we are stuck in our homes with plenty of food readily at hand.
To combat unhealthy eating, make deliberate and wise choices at the grocery store. Instead of picking what seems easiest or most convenient, try to include plenty of fresh or frozen vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. High-carbohydrate snacks may seem to be tempting treats, but a proper, healthy meal is always a better selection.
Just because you can’t visit the gym doesn’t mean you can’t get great exercise. A huge variety of workout instruction programmes are available on television and the internet. Many of these programmes require no special equipment and can be enjoyed by anyone.
Also, remember that the quarantine does not prohibit you from going outdoors for exercise. Enjoy the spring weather by bicycling, running, walking, or participating in other activities. Team sports are – unfortunately – out, and you will always need to maintain at least two metres distance from other people. Still, there are plenty of opportunities for indoor and outdoor exercise even now.
It is just as important to take care of your mental health as it is your physical health. There is no question that this is a stressful time. The inability to be physically close to friends and family can certainly add to the stress.
Hobbies can provide much-needed distractions and stress relief. Gardening, crafts, cooking, and myriad other pursuits will help take your mind off the situation and make time seem to pass more quickly. If you don’t have a hobby, now is a great time to pick one up.
Technology can significantly help with feelings of isolation and loneliness. Make efforts to stay in touch with loved ones during this time. You may not be able to exchange a hug, but you can stay connected with phone calls, video calls, and even old-fashioned letters.