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6 ways to stay happy & healthy during the circuit breaker

on April 29, 2020

With the circuit breaker measures extended, it’s important to take care of yourself well. This is a very challenging situation, but don't worry, we are here to help. 

Because we want a healthy mind in a healthy body, we have compiled three tips to improve physical and three tips that improve mental wellbeing while staying home and practising social distancing. 

 

Woman eating kale salad

1 Eat a Healthy Diet

Good nutrition is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle. While it might be tempting to go the easy route and rely on food delivery and ready-made foods, now is a great time to improve your diet and become the best version of yourself. 

A balanced diet is important because your body needs proper nutrition to function effectively. Without good nutrition, your body is more susceptible to disease, infection and poor performance.

To achieve a healthy diet, make sure to include plenty of fresh fruits & vegetables, whole grains, legumes and lean proteins into your diet and avoid processed foods. Also, stay away from sugary and greasy foods and alcohol. 

Additionally, make sure you drink enough water or unsweetened tea. Drinking enough water is crucial to regulate body temperature, keep joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to cells, and keep organs functioning properly. Being well-hydrated also improves sleep quality, cognition, and mood. 

 

Man exercising on terrace

2 Exercise Regularly

Sticking to an exercise schedule isn’t easy when you’re confined to your own four walls and can’t go to the gym. However, it is important to get moving, for the sake of your health AND your happiness.

During exercise, your body releases endorphins. This improves your mood and makes you more relaxed. It can also help you deal with stress and reduce the risk of infection.

Studies also show that exercise increases energy levels, reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve brain function and protect memory, and helps with relaxation and sleep quality.

So how about going for a walk or run, cycle or rollerblade around your neighbourhood? If you can’t go out, why not go on YouTube to find the perfect workout for you? There are plenty of workouts on the platform. For many of them, you don't even need equipment. 

If you struggle with discipline, do an online workout session with a friend – this way to can spend some virtual time together and do something for your health.

 

Woman sleeping

3 Get Good Sleep

Poor sleep is linked to higher body weight, increased inflammation and a higher risk of getting heart disease and depression. Even a small loss of sleep has been shown to impair immune function.

Conversely, good sleep is vital for brain function, such as concentration, memory performance and productivity. 

How do you make sure you get enough sleep? We suggest to create a daily schedule and always sticking to the same (reasonable) time. This will also help you fall asleep more easily and improve sleep quality.

 

Woman in Skype Call

4 Re-Connect with People

Humans are social animals, so having to stay home and not being able to meet others is hard. But it is also an opportunity. Think about friends you haven’t heard from in a while, the relative you’ve been wanting to call or business contacts need to catch up with. Now is the time. Reach out, connect, talk to people. The beauty of our time is that we have the technological means to connect digitally, so make use of them.

 

Woman laughing

5 Laugh More

There is a saying that laughter is the best medicine, and as it turns out, there is some scientific truth to this assertion.

A study found that laughing reduces high blood pressure, one of the most dangerous side effects of stress. Laughing has also shown to reduce anxiety and depression as well as improve optimism. Last but not least, several studies have shown that laughter boosts the immune system.

“But how do you laugh more?”, you may ask. How about watching a funny video or TV show, goofing around with your kids or playing a fun game? Do whatever makes you laugh :-)

 

Woman on mountain top achieving goal

6 Do the Thing You've Always Wanted to Do

What are the things you always wanted to accomplish, but always felt like you didn't have the time? Build a business? Write a book? Read more? Exercise more regularly? Learn a new language? Plant your own garden? Learn how to play an instrument? Start meditating?

Whatever it is, now is the time! With everybody home and social life limited, there is little distraction. So start today. Don't put it up. This is your chance to work on achieving your dreams. 

For whatever you want to do or learn, there are plenty of platforms to help you accomplish your goal. 

The best about doing what you're always wanted to do? It will give you a sense of accomplishment and fight boredom, we promise!

 

Disclaimer 

This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. Please always consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any medical conditions. All content on this page has been thoroughly reviewed. Nevertheless, no liability can be accepted for the completeness and accuracy of the information. 

 

Further Resources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18277063
https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system
https://www.healthxchange.sg/wellness/mental-health/ten-ways-achieve-mental-wellness
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/sleep/getting-better-sleep.htm
https://synapse.koreamed.org/Synapse/Data/PDFData/1094KJAN/kjan-29-560.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2686627/#B5
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/322715145_Effect_of_Humor_Therapy_on_Blood_Pressure_of_Patients_Undergoing_Hemodialysis
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27524792
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25596964/ 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8621064
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19379769
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/the-importance-of-hydration/