The health crisis we are living through the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dry brake on our pace and lifestyle. The news that we see and hear continuously, coupled with the impossibility of the limitations arising from the situation, such as being close to our loved ones who do not live with us, make this situation very complicated for people. However, there are three essential elements that will help us cope better and that we have to take care of: food, social relationships through telephone or digital connections and physical activity.
Take care of your daily food
- take a few minutes to plan your weekly menu.
- use simple, healthy cooking techniques: To iron, steam, oven or papillote.
- Food preservation: Cook more and freeze more than for the rest of the week. This will make planning easier and save time in the kitchen.
- Adapt the rations: these days our caloric expenditure is lower, so it is important to measure well the amounts we put on the plate.
- Hytdration: we must not forget that proper hydration is key for our body, with water that should be our main drink (between one and two liters a day).
- Don’t deprive yourself of specific little whims.
- Safety: It is essential that we take care of safety more than ever in these days. When you come from the market wash your hands well. Grab your purchases and place them in clean containers in your refrigerator. When you finish putting everything in place, wash your hands again.
Social relationships and moments of happiness
In these days when we can’t be close to each other and physically embrace our family and friends, we can make use of social media and video calls to stay close to them. This point is essential for us to achieve a balance and mental well-being that will help us during this isolation.
- Plan a routine of everyday things you like to do.
- Set up task targets that you can accomplish at home and for which you normally don’t have time. But do it without agobos, with realism.
- Social media is playing an important role in this quarantine, and there are many cultural initiatives that can help you cope more with this situation.
- Finally, focus on what you can control. We can’t do it with political decisions or how others are going to behave in the face of what’s going on.
Practice some physical exercise
- If diet and mental well-being are important, practicing physical exercise is another essential element in keeping us healthy and will also help us achieve a mental balance.
- Avoid sedentary lifestyle, do some daily exercise, even if gentle, continuous, from home.
- The World Health Organization also points to the importance of standing whenever possible, ideally every 30 minutes, to avoid sedentary lifestyles, taking advantage of different activities of daily life and prioritizing cognitive stimulation such as board games, puzzles or reading.
Together we will overcome it. Every day you spend is a day less to resume our activities.