Sadly, this is the time when we have to focus on our health more than ever and make sure we don’t get sick. Because of the pandemic of #COVID19, it’s become imperative to mind where you’re going, how thoroughly you wash your hands, and how your body is feeling, and this can be an exhausting job. On the other hand, what about your well-being? Defining well-being can be tricky too, but we can say that it refers to your level of happiness in life and with life. Here’s how you can improve both your health and well-being in these turbulent times:
Disinfectants are your friends
We already mentioned #COVID19 and the panic that rose because of it. As bad as it makes us feel, the outbreak will make us all adopt some good habits too, like washing our hands more often and covering our mouths and noses when we sneeze. You wouldn’t believe how many people forget that their own phones are covered with bacteria, so even after you wash your hands thoroughly and take your phone, you’re once again getting in contact with germs. This is the reason why you should regularly disinfect the things you use most: your phone, the steering wheel of your car, and the keyboard of your laptop. You can easily make your own disinfectant spray by combining rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, essential oils, and water.
Talk openly about things
While we find it easy to take care of our bodies because “everyone knows what your body needs,” taking care of your mental health is not an easy task. If you have scenes and scenarios playing over and over in your head and preventing you from relaxing or sleeping, you should talk about these things with someone. Talking to your friends and family seems like a logical choice, but if you’re reluctant to share these troubles with people you’re close to, you can always see a therapist. There is an old saying: “A problem shared is a problem halved,” and it’s definitely true. Even something as simple as writing it out in a journal or on a piece of paper can help you feel lighter and calmer.
Ditch your bad habits
We all have habits we aren’t very proud of: either we drink too much coffee, or we put so much cream and sugar in our coffee that it becomes a dessert and not a beverage. There are people who smoke, those who can’t live without sweets and junk food, and people who prefer soda over water. You don’t have to go cold turkey on your old habits: instead of buying a pack of smokes, switch to nicotine salt e-liquid and have a cup of unsweetened green tea instead of coffee in the morning to get your daily dose of caffeine. You can also make your own flavored water that you can sip in place of sugary sodas, and you could also try making your own pizza crust with cauliflower and cheese instead of white four.
Get plenty of sleep
Are you getting enough sleep? In theory, an average person needs around 8 hours of sleep every day so they can function, but how many of us actually get the said eight hours every day? We have a habit of staying up late and spend time watching TV or checking our social media instead of going to bed. If your sleeping patterns are off the hook, you can give them a bit of a spring clean. Try to make it a rule not to use your phone for an hour before bedtime, and schedule a time when you have to go to bed. Not only will this help you fall asleep more easily, but you will wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on another day.
Learn something new
It’s easy for people to lull themselves in a comfortable routine: going to school and studying, and later going to work and working. People can’t wait for holidays and weekends so they can relax and “do nothing,” but in reality, this can be bad for your well-being. We’re not saying that you don’t deserve some time off after working hard, but hobbies and new skills will make you feel energized and happy. You can take up an activity and learn to dance or skate, or you can attend some college courses and learn something that will help you professionally.
Getting control of your life isn’t an easy feat, and it can take a long time before you feel like you have everything in order. On the other hand, if you wake up feeling happy and go through your day without worrying about feeling bad or getting sick, you’re on the right track to living a long and fulfilling life. Take good care of your health and well-being, and you will be surprised how much the quality of your life has improved.