Without a doubt, we are facing difficult times! No matter if you are used to be all the time going or you are a sedentary person, just the fact that we have been told to stay home put us in an “arrest-mode” (like when somebody tells you can’t have your favorite dessert for a while) that nobody likes. Fortunately, not all is bad news, these are a great time to re-connect with yourself and your family. I prepared some quarantine tips to help you shift your mind from “arrest-mode” to oasis mode. There are many ways you can boost your mood and feel recharge from the comfort of your own house.
So here are some useful quarantine tips:
1. Get moving: you knew I will say this one
The truth is that working out, at least 30 minutes, it is very beneficial for your mental health, immune system, and your sanity. Why exercise could boost your immune system? According to research “It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.” At the same time, exercising helps the body to naturally have more energy, improves happy feelings and decreases symptoms of depression.
Meditation is a great way to find time to connect with yourself and take a deep breath. It helps to regulate your stress level. A research review published in JAMA Internal Medicine in January 2014 found meditation helpful for relieving anxiety, pain, and depression. For depression, meditation was about as effective as an antidepressant.
3. Limit social media and news consumption
As the CDC recommends, take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
4. Try new recipes (nutrient-dense meals)
With more time on our hands, it is time to find new likes and ways to enjoy healthier meals. So far groceries still full of fresh and frozen vegetables and fruits. Try easy and new recipes with whole foods. First, you will learn new techniques, flavors, and ingredients. Second, you will help your body to boost your immune system with macro and micro-nutrients needed to strengthen your body and offer protection from the development of possible infections and diseases.
*Limit your sugary treats and drinks.
5. Don’t forget your Vitamin D dose
Without going too far, try to take time to expose yourself to the sunshine vitamin. Go out to your patio or open a window to breathe fresh air. Did you know Vitamin D fights disease and reduces depression?