With or without a pandemic, living a healthy lifestyle is imperative. However, it’s all the more important to foster your health and well-being during this pandemic. While the various coronavirus strains are here to stay, you must protect your physical body from these threats. Along with this is to ensure your emotional and psychological well-being amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises us to continue observing health and safety protocols. These include getting vaccinated, frequent hand-washing, constant hand-sanitizing, wearing masks, maintaining social distances, and cleaning and disinfecting. On the other hand, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended some healthy routine tips. These include having proper nutrition, staying hydrated, getting enough sleep, and staying physically active.
But did you know that there are other unique ways to promote your health and well-being? Here are some healthy lifestyle tips for you during this pandemic:
1. Cooking and Baking
There are health benefits that come with cooking and baking during this pandemic. Of course, you should be highly critical and selective of what you put on the table. As much as possible, opt for healthy foods such as whole fruits, green leafy vegetables, and lean meat. You should also cut down on your salt, sugar, and fat intake. By cooking, you can prepare healthy meals and have proper nutrition. On the other hand, baking allows you to be busy and preoccupied during this pandemic. You can even sell these baked goods to earn some money.
2. Arts and Crafts
There’s no denying how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on people’s mental health. It has led to mental health issues, such as stress, psychological distress, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and substance abuse due to home isolation, financial constraints, and future uncertainties. However, one way to battle them is to engage in arts and crafts. You can create handmade products, such as jewelry accessories, decorative candles, home decors, and paper products. Not only will they keep you busy and preoccupied, but they can also boost your creativity and imagination.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial to be as physically active as possible. At the onset of the crisis, fitness centers were closed, and going outdoors was prohibited. It’s good that some fitness studios have now reopened, and vaccinated individuals have started going outdoors. Still, you can resort to home exercises through calisthenics. This bodyweight exercise is strength training performing rhythmic movements and using zero to minimal equipment. Yes, you can work out at home and don’t need to set up a house gym.
4. Pet Ownership
Did you know that pet purchases and adoptions have spiked during this pandemic? There must be some good reason individuals and families have resorted to pet ownership. National Geographic conducted a survey that disclosed pets have helped individuals cope with the pandemic. These furry family members can keep you company, ease your sadness, lower your stress, keep you physically active, and make you feel good. Think about bathing, grooming, and feeding your dogs or cats. Even having pet playtime and private dog training can be physically engaging.
5. Home Improvement
The pandemic has made abundantly clear that a home must be the safest and most comfortable place to stay. As such, many families have reevaluated their individual spaces. They have gone as far as pursuing home improvement projects. These include complete renovation, partial remodeling, and tradesman works (plumbing, roofing, and HVAC services). If you’re looking to be mentally productive and physically active, pursue some home improvement projects. Ultimately, you’ll be surprised at how they can be good for your health and well-being.
6. Outdoor Landscaping and Home Gardening
If done with your home improvement projects, you can boost your outdoor spaces this time. As such, consider having outdoor landscaping. You can perform lawn care, pavement installation (driveway and walkway), hardscape installation (patio, deck, pergola, or arbor), and even home gardening. When it comes to outdoor gardening, consider growing new shrubs with blooms, herbs and vegetables, and fruit-bearing trees. Outdoor landscaping and gardening will make you physically active, get exposed to sunlight, and help you commune with nature. Ultimately, they can be foster your health and wellness.
At this point, you now know some unique ways to promote your health and well-being during this pandemic. Be sure to consider the healthy lifestyle tips recommended above, from cooking and baking down to outdoor landscaping and home gardening. By doing so, you will always be physically active and mentally stable amid the COVID-19 crisis. After all, a healthy lifestyle can translate to a quality life!