The Coronavirus: How to Stay Healthy (Mentally + Physically)
The coronavirus pandemic is taking the world by storm—case numbers are skyrocketing, hospitals are in jeopardy and countries are closing their borders in a panic. During times of unknown, it’s most important to stay informed, stay healthy and avoid unnecessary panic. Check out these tips to keep yourself in good health during your weeks in isolation.
Play catch up
FaceTimes and phone calls are important during isolation. The loneliness that comes with too much solo time can be overwhelming and daunting, which is why we encourage you to reach out to friends and family daily to keep human interaction consistent. Communicating and checking in with one another will keep us motivated through tough times.
Our normal lives are filled with routine, from commuting to work, to grabbing a coffee, to going to the gym. When routine abruptly stops, it’s easy to lose your sense of purpose. During isolation, try to create new routines to keep stress at bay: make coffee at the same time each morning, watch a TV show at night, do yoga in the afternoon—keep things scheduled and ready so you have stuff to look forward to and a reason to get out of bed.
Being cooped up for days on end can put strain on the mind and body. Which is why staying active is so important—it’s a natural mood booster and cranks up your endorphins. You can try a fitness app (there are tons of free ones on the app store) for curated workouts, plus YouTube has all sorts of classes. Even if it’s just for 15 minutes, make a point to move at some point each day.
Get fresh air
If it’s possible, get some fresh air into your lungs—crack the windows and let sunshine in. Maybe even play some “bird sounds” on Spotify or YouTube to remind the senses that there’s still a world outside. Scroll through old photos of fun moments in your life to stay positive that there have been special moments in your life and that there will be many more to come, too!
Eat well + hydrate
With food stocked for the weeks to come, it’s tempting to snack a little extra. To stay healthy and eat right, stick to your normal eating schedule, and take the time to cook yourself something healthy rather than heat something up quickly. Try to distinguish actual hunger from boredom. Before you do eat, drink a big glass of water to be sure your stomach isn’t confusing hunger with thirst.
Clean your space
Your home should be a safe haven, especially in the coming weeks. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel claustrophobic if your personal space is messy, dirty or out of order. With all the extra time you have during isolation, carve out a few hours to clean your room, vacuum, even go through old clothes to donate and free up some extra space. Your home will feel sparkling and it’ll relieve some stress about being stuck indoors.
Sharpen the mind
Meditate. Isolation strains the mind far more than it does the body. You’re forced to slow down and be stuck with your own thoughts for a few days. It’s challenging to have to take a hard look at ourselves with no distractions, plans, dinners or workout classes to escape to. Take advantage of this silence to meditate your way through your stresses, who knows! You could make some awesome new discoveries about yourself. Try our Pursuing Prezence meditations—they’re created by professionals and tailored to reduce stress.
Here are a few of our upcoming meditations you can register for:
3.18.20 - Pursuing Prezence Meditation with Jess Ray at 6PM ET
3.20.20 - Pursuing Prezence with Nico Longo at 12PM ET
3.23.20 - Pursuing Prezence Meditation with Catie Macken at 12PM ET
Everyone at Prezence is rooting for you during these next few weeks. While the unknown is frightening at times, it’s important to follow the laws put in place to keep us safe. We highly encourage you to practice social distancing, catch your breath and try to relax as much as possible while the world gets back on its feet.