Healthy habits during confinement can be quite difficult to follow. Isolation makes it difficult to maintain social relationships, to a keep a healthy diet and to exercise regularly. In this post, we will present some guidelines and tips to make the quarantine more manageable and healthier.
The confinement imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has changed the lives of a large part of the world’s population. Depending on circumstances, many of us find it difficult to maintain healthy habits during confinement:
Our routines and our schedules are disrupted because we have to stay indoors all day, and this adds to the fear of getting sick and loosing our livelihood. The anxiety generated by an uncertain future is now at its pick. Additionally, staying home decreases the much needed exposure to sunlight and fresh air, and keeps the body more static and passive.
Food supply is both a physical issue and psychological burden. This is particularly obvious for fresh products that can be difficult to find in sufficient quantities, especially fruits and vegetables. We also have to rethink the way we shop and plan our menus.
In this post, we are sharing some guidelines for maintaining healthy habits during confinement.
Use social media to your advantage
Social relationships are fundamental for human beings. Americans in particular are very social and it is very difficult for them to handle isolation for a long period. This is when social media, if used appropriately, can help cope with a feeling of loneliness. They can help maintain communication with others and a sense of connection. Instant messaging, video calls, and conference apps are allies that can help us and make staying home more bearable. However, be mindful of the health consequences when spending too much time sitting and staring at screens. Do not over do it and try to alternate with walks around the neighborhood when possible, or light indoor exercise. We will address these next.
Protect your skin with healthy habits during confinement
By staying indoors for so long and with very limited outside exposure, our skin does not receive the right amount of sunlight. This results in less production of vitamin D.
Vitamin D is linked to bone health and skin vitality. Under normal conditions, the body uses the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun to form active vitamin D.
As confinement drastically reduces the time we can spend outdoors, having a backyard or even a patio becomes highly valuable. Try to schedule some “patio” time, have your meals on the balcony, organize a picnic in your front or backyard and make it fun. It is especially important when young kids are around as it gives them a necessary break from home schooling and help them reconnect with nature. If neither of these options is available, spending time near a window can help too.
Keep on caring for your skin and apply a good quality skincare daily. You may think that being indoors protects our skin, but the truth is that the inside environment of a home contains many skin toxins, such as perfumes, cleaning products and cooking fumes. Even the light emitted from digital screens contributes to damaging your skin. And actually, don’t we all need some pampering and self care these days?
Protect your eyes
During confinement, teleworking and all the other internet activities increase our use of digital screens greatly. As this situation can affect our visual health because of blue light exposure and dry eye, we must stay vigilant.
A healthy habit is to make sure that the screens are adequately bright and do not get a lot of glare from artificial or natural light. The right lighting is less tiring for our eyes and allows them to blink frequently. See our post on computer vision syndrome to learn more.
As a matter of fact, intensive use of screens causes a reduction in blinking. This decreases the lubrication and moisture of the eyeball, which can lead to dry eye syndrome. This is something you want to address early on, because it can develop into a more serious condition.
Apply the 20-20-20 rule:
Rest your eyes every 20 minutes, for about 20 seconds, looking 20 feet away.
The power of saffron
Remember to take Vistasaffron daily: now is not the time to neglect your vision. As we spend more and more hours surfing the internet or watching TV, it is crucial to fight back excess free radicals with our antioxidant formula!
Manage your stress
The pandemic is a stressful situation in itself. We are afraid of the unknown, of doing the wrong thing. The simplest task has become a difficult and complicated mission! And this is on top of the fear of getting sick ourselves.
A good way of managing stress is to establish a routine that promotes our circadian rhythm: maintain good sleeping habits and a regular bedtime, avoid watching TV in bed, especially the depressing news.
Get three meals a day and don’t indulge in unhealthy foods just because you are stuck at home and bored (easier said than done!).
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It is possible to keep healthy habits during confinement!
It sounds like a daunting task, but we can actually maintain healthy habits during confinement. We need to get organized and determined, and realize that this is a transition phase. Stay at home measures will not last forever and then life will go on. We must stay healthy and ready for when this happens.