For a lot of us, this is the first time we are staying indoors for a long duration. This period of isolation from the outside world can be very stressful. Here are few things we can do to utilise the time wisely:
Invest time and energy on your health:
Many of us ignore ourselves and our general health as we are caught up with our busy lives. However, this time at home would be the best to revaluate our health and take active measures to make it better. Start a home workout or new diet regime and stick to it closely. By the end of the social distancing time, you might be ready to adapt the new changes as part of your lifestyle.
Improve your mental health:
A lot us might not be willing to accept the fact that we might be suffering silently from a mild to severe mental health issue. This could be stress, depression, self pity, lack of self confidence or a myriad of other unnecessary or unwarranted emotions within us. This would be the best time to identify your issue and start taking active steps to improve it. This can be achieved by medication, online counselling, soul searching or even just talking to someone close to you about it. Psychology says the first step to find a solution to a problem is by accepting you have one. So let’s do it!
Focus on your work:
For those of us in jobs, we need to focus on doing constructive task everyday from home, depending on the nature of the job. For jobs that do not allow you to have a possibility of working from home, it is essential that you keep yourself occupied either by reading or studying material that is related to your type of work.
Do things around the house:
This would be the best time to focus on household chores, learn or improve your cooking skills, do some DIY (Do it yourself) projects to improve the house and also note down essential things that you might want to change/buy in the future.
Learn or practice a hobby or pass time that interests you.
Above all, it is important to focus on our health and wellbeing. Experts say that upto 80% of those affected by corona virus will not show any symptoms depending on their immunity. Ways you can build immunity are:
- Exercise at least 30 mins in the day
- Sleep at least 7-8 hours
- Reduce stress
- Following a healthy diet
- drinking adequate water
- Taking vitamin supplements
- Focus on improving mental health, oral health etc
What you can do to improve oral health:
- Brush for 2 mins twice daily
- Use a medium hardness tooth brush unless advised otherwise by your dentist
- Use floss and mouth wash regularly
- Avoid excessive consumption of sugars and unhealthy foods
- Rinse your mouth with water after every meal
- Drink adequate water
- Use only a pea sized amount of a fluoridated tooth paste etc.
Dentist visits that are not an emergency have been discouraged by WHO and other health organisations. Therefore, if you develop an emergency such as tooth pain, jaw swelling or your child has a dental emergency such as a broken tooth, contact your dentist for an opinion straightaway at https://curie.health/