Thanks to the COVID-19, the whole world has gone on a lockdown with a lot of emphasis on self-isolation. That’s why it is essential to indulge in physical activities as they are an effective coping mechanism for those who are battling stress and anxiety and want to maintain some sense of normalcy and well-being.
As many of us settle in the confines of our homes and working, we bring you some simple things (and smart gadgets) that help to keep yourself fit mentally and physically.
Screen time break
Just because you are home, working or otherwise, it does not necessarily mean you have to be glued to your screen all day long. The mindless scrolling or constant refreshing of news is neither helpful nor productive. Plus, pouring over your system all day long, chasing deadlines is also not good news in the long run. That’s why experts suggest taking a break from the screen time. After all, not just you but your entire family must be on quarantine. Just a regular check up on them is an excellent excuse to get up from the chair.
And if you can’t remember to take that break, seek help from technology. Use your smartwatch and set up a sedentary alarm. The smartwatch is even handier than that. You can extend your breaks from work and choose to receive notifications on your smartwatch that you deem essential without being in front of the screen all day long.
Exercising is one of the best ways to get your daily dose of endorphins in this stressful time. A short 15-20 minutes of exercise every day or alternate day is something that is recommended by experts, as they boost your immunity and ward off boredom. You can choose and avail online fitness programs and fitness apps available online. And if you are worried about your motivation, then get your hands on the fitness bands, set your targets, and go about achieving them.
Don’t think you are cut out for the daily stint of push up and pulls up then why not convert work from home to work for home.
Start pitching in with the domestic chores; after all, those dirty dishes, laundry and cleaning are not going to happen on their own.
Indulge in hobbies
As stressful this time is for our physical health, it is equally tough for our mental well-being. This is what brings us to the next activity– our hobbies. Indulge in things that make you happy and distract yourself. Read books or listen to audio-books, get some Vitamin D while gardening, put on your dancing shoes and see tutorials, cook, listen to podcast, catch up on those documentaries or movies that you had been meaning to – the list is endless. Do anything that makes you happy and makes you look forward to the day.
As they say, you are what you eat, so don’t forget to keep a watch on what you eat. Include plenty of fruits and veggies in your diet and cut down on food items that are rich in fat, salt, and sugar. And most importantly, give yourself the time to relax and spend some quality time with the family, include them in bonding activities and make some memories
Stay home and stay safe.