Before the coronavirus pandemic hit Malaysia, most of us were up with resolutions of keeping healthy both physically and mentally. We signed up for gym memberships, yoga classes and etc. keeping ourselves busy by self-loving ourselves. However, since the pandemic hit us, we’ve been very careful in our activities, some of us discontinued our gym memberships as they weren’t allowed to even operate during the very first MCO.
During this difficult time, it is important to continue looking after your physical and mental health which not only will help you in the long-term, it will also help you fight COVID19 if you are infected. Some of the important key pointers to always keep in mind include eating a healthy and nutritious diet which will help your immune system function properly. The consumption of alcohol and sugary drinks are also to be limited. If you are a smoker, you should think of quitting (we know it’s super hard- but reducing it at least will help a little bit) as smoking can increase your risk of developing a severe reaction if you are infected with COVID (even if you aren’t infected, you are still more at risk at developing different types of lung diseases).
In this article, we would like to share some simple tips and tricks on how to take better care of your physical and mental health during the pandemic. We hope it’ll help you! 😊
PHYSICAL HEALTH CARE
World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends approximately 30 minutes of physical activity per day for healthy adults staying at home, and approximately one hour for children (to be fair, this is such a small amount of time, and we are sure there is at least half an hour in a day where we end up scrolling on our phone – so why not do something that benefits your health?). There are many videos on YouTube who teach you step by step how to do a complete workout at home without the need of any special equipment, all of which are completely free of charge. Some gyms also have resorted to posting a couple of workout styles you can try for yourself at home. If you want to have engagement with other people, join an online fitness class, or if you love to dance, turn up the music and dance away! Walking up and down your staircase is also good workout. But, what matters most is you continue doing stretching a couple of times a day.
Just a short break from sitting makes a difference. If you remain in one position without moving for too long, it may give you aches here and there. Just three-four minutes of light intensity movement, such as walking or stretching can help you improve your blood circulation and muscle activity, as per what World Health Organisation has shared.
MENTAL HEALTH CARE
This is something that everyone should shine some light on and take seriously. This pandemic is an addition to some people’s existing worries and problems, and can take a painful turn if you don’t identify the symptoms quick enough. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, we did a full article just on mental health care which also included a support system you can go to if you’re looking for one. Remember, that we are only human, and it is okay to feel down sometimes. If you know someone who is going through a rough time, offer a helping hand and to be their support system. Sometimes, all they really want is a listening ear.
One super effective way to take care of your mental health during the pandemic, is to not bottle it up with worries. Talk it out or rather look for a safe space for you to let your worries out. There are so many listening ears here in Malaysia itself who are very professional in keeping things confidential too, if you find it difficult to confide in your family and friends. This is the time we should be supporting one another and getting through difficult times together.
Wipe your worries away and never think that you are going through anything alone. Anything and everything is curable and has a solution. Look out for visible signs or talk to someone if you suspect they’re going through a difficult period. Let’s get through this together!
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