The COVID-19 has brought the entire world to its knees. The danger of such a serious illness has highlighted how vulnerable we can be if we do not take care of our health. On March 24, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi ordered a lockdown of the entire country. In India, as in most countries of the world, citizens are being urged to stay at home, and markets have been shut down. However, grocery stores and pharmacies in the second-most populated country of the world are still open. In this article, we will identify the top four ways you can stay healthy during the lockdown.
1) Eat right
While it is important to maintain healthy eating habits throughout our lives, it is especially important during this time. Staying at home most of the time can feel exhausting and stressful and the threat of illness means that you have to take special care of food consumed by all family members, especially children. Make sure you get your daily servings of fruits & vegetables. Incorporate protein-rich meals such as lentils, and balance it with dairy products such as eggs and milk. Avoid sugary drinks and limit the consumption of alcohol. You can make healthy snacks for children at home such as vegetable samosas or fruit milkshakes.
Exercise is extremely important to maintain and improve our health. Medical guidelines suggest that an average adult has should get a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Aim to get 30 minutes of exercise each day. There are many exercises that you can do at home. It is even better to involve other members of the family for joint activities. This way, you will also teach your children the importance of exercise, and help them burn off some excess energy. You will feel much better and have an improved sleep too. Take a look at online tutorials for guidance on indoor exercises.
3) Manage stress
As death-toll across the world continues to rise and the threat of an illness looms large, it is completely natural to feel depressed and anxious. You may be prone to worry excessively about the health of your children too. There is also uncertainty about when this would end if you have the proper supplies stocked up at home, and how you plan to manage finances. All of these can take a toll on your mental health. However, you must engage your family members in light-hearted moments, engage in whatever activities you find relaxing, and take some time that you have to pursue your hobbies.
4) Maintain cleanliness
The threat of coronavirus is most serious when proper cleanliness and hygiene is not maintained. Make sure all family members routinely wash their hands for 20 seconds, take regular baths, and cover their faces even if they go out for a few moments. Clean door handles, your phone, and other similar things regularly. Avoid using cash and try to opt for home-cooked meals instead of ordering for delivery. These practices can go a long way in helping you maintain protection from the Coronavirus. Stay home and, stay safe!