Cultivating Healthy Habits While Social Distancing
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It’s more important than ever to join together during this unprecedented time. In Traditional Medicine, every living creature is a microcosm of the universe. We can contribute to the health of the universe and our communities by staying home and staying healthy to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
With that, this precarious time is extremely challenging, making it confusing to navigate through our everyday lives. Many of us feel lost searching for stability. However, we can remember to set daily intentions and practice what makes us happy. Gandhi said, “Where there is love, there is life.” There’s a whole lot of love still in this world and we can help make it. We owe it to ourselves to stay healthy and positive, because this too will eventually pass. Here are some healthy habits and helpful tips while we support one another at a distance.
Manage and Reduce Stress
It’s not easy to reduce stress when the future is uncertain and we’re unable to see friends or family for support. Right now, we’re not in control of many aspects of our lives and it’s important to recognize that. However, there are a few things we can control. Instead of constantly monitoring the news, we can set aside a little time each day to check-in and leave it at that. Likewise, if you’re glued to your phone or screen, take frequent breaks during the day to stretch, walk, or exercise. Practicing meditation regularly can also bring a sense of peace.
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Maintain a Healthy Immune System
During any season it’s important to support a healthy immune system but even more so during a major health crisis. Exercising, eating a nutrient-rich diet along with staying hydrated, and getting the right amount of sleep are critical for strengthening your immune system. In a study with the American Journal of Medicine, researchers discovered walking for half an hour a day can reduce the chances of getting a cold by 50 percent. Along with walking, yoga is great exercise and also supports our mental health during this time.
In addition to these healthy habits, keep washing your hands for at least 20 seconds. It can help kill germs and prevent the spread of unwanted bacteria. Frequently disinfect common surfaces like phone screens, laptops, doorknobs, and remote controllers.
Listen to Your Body
You know yourself the best, so listen to your needs. Each day may require a different source of happiness. It may be a long walk, doing a HIIT workout, or calling a good friend. Some days will feel better than others, and that’s okay. We’re a part of a wellness community that is there for each other.
Written by Grace Maeda