The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, from our work to our social lives, and even our health. As we adapt to the new normal of social distancing, face masks, and remote work, staying fit and healthy has become more critical than ever. So what are the strategies that we can do to ensure that we are fit for work during the age of Covid-19?
Regular physical activity has many benefits, including reducing stress, improving sleep, and boosting the immune system. However, with gyms closed and social distancing measures in place, staying active has become a challenge. Fortunately, there are many fun and creative ways to exercise at home. You can try online fitness classes, workout videos, or simply take a walk or bike ride in your neighborhood. Dancing, yoga, and even hula hooping are also fun ways to stay active while keeping a safe distance from others.
Maintaining a healthy diet is essential for our physical and mental well-being, especially during the pandemic. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats can boost our immunity, energy levels, and mood. Avoiding processed and sugary foods is also important in reducing the risk of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Try experimenting with new healthy recipes or ordering from local restaurants that offer healthy meal options.
Social distancing measures can make us feel isolated and lonely, which can take a toll on our mental health. Staying connected with friends and family is vital in maintaining our mental well-being. Thanks to technology, we can stay connected with loved ones through video calls, messaging, and social media. Organizing virtual game nights, happy hours, or book clubs are fun ways to stay connected and engaged with others.
Stress levels have skyrocketed during the pandemic, which can affect our physical and mental health. Practicing stress-management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga can help us relax and reduce stress. Taking breaks from work, avoiding news overload, and setting realistic expectations for ourselves can also help manage stress levels.
Get enough Sleep
Getting enough sleep is crucial for our immune system and overall well-being. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night and establish a regular sleep schedule. This can help regulate your circadian rhythm and improve the quality of your sleep.
Practice Good Hygiene
Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, and avoiding touching your face. Wearing a mask in public places can also help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It’s also important to stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 guidelines and recommendations from health authorities. This can help you make informed decisions about your health and safety. Be sure to follow the guidelines for your area, such as social distancing measures and restrictions on gatherings.
In these unprecedented times, it’s important to prioritize our physical and mental health. By staying active, eating healthy, staying connected, and managing stress, we can stay fit for the fight and overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s continue to prioritize our well-being and support each other in these challenging times. Let’s stay fit for the fight!
About The Author
Dr. Coco is a highly-educated and well-qualified primary care physician who graduated from the University of the Philippines Baguio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. She completed her three-year residency training in Family Medicine at Brokenshire Medical Center. She passed her diplomate exams in Family Medicine, given by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians in 2018.
Dr. Coco is dedicated to providing comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. She is a primary care physician who believes in delivering continuing comprehensive health care for all. To her, patients are not just a number as she takes time to analyse how she can improve their overall health every chance they can get.