Due to the fact that we are currently living through the biggest pandemic in a century, many of us are spending the majority of time at home. While it’s understandable to get frustrated and anxious over a situation you don’t have control over, it is important to keep strong physical and mental health so you can maintain a strong well-being.
You deserve to be the best you and if you are forced to spend more time at home then usual, well…you should make the most of it.
With that in mind, here is a list of things you can do to take care of your body at home and hopefully you can incorporate some of these to improve your physical and mental health.
Purchasing a Recliner
Not only are recliners great for seniors, but they have benefits for practically anyone.
Sitting down for long periods of time can negatively affect your blood flow to your legs and feet, and as a result can cause inflammation. It can also make you feel fatigued as well and anyone who has worked in a office job all day knows it can take quite a toll on your back.
In contrast, a recliner helps with those issues. Foremost it allows the person to recline and elevate their back and feet which allows for better circulation of blood throughout your body. Regarding back pain, a benefit of the recliner is that it allows you to set your spine at around a 120 degree angle which causes less stress on your back.
In addition to these two benefits mentioned above, it is simply just nice to kick back and relax after a hard day at work, and having a recliner is great for unwinding to watch your favorite tv show, read a book or just have some peace.
Healthy Eating to Take Care Of Your Body
One of the most important ways to take care of yourself is by keeping a healthy diet. Due to the fact you are spending more time at home these days you are probably cooking more often as well. In addition to saving money and the sense of accomplishment of making an excellent meal, it is also a lot healthier for your body.
Generally, restaurant meals typically contain higher amounts of sodium, saturated fat, total fat, and overall calories than home-cooked meals. This is important to note as cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in every continent except for Africa and around 80% of cases are preventable by engaging in exercise and eating a healthy diet.
Supplements can be a helpful way to get your nutrition as well, but generally iit is best to get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and healthy fats.
In addition eating nutritious foods can aid in weight loss and improve your mood as well, so if you want to take better care of yourself, taking your diet seriously is a great way to start.
Another thing to consider is that if you have kids or plan to have children in the future, it is important to set a good example and by introducing them to healthy foods, you are not only enhancing your own health, but influencing them to do the same as well.
Over the last few decades, meditation has been heavily researched by psychologists and neurologists as a possible way to increase mental health and rewire your brain chemistry.
In a world full of distractions where email, phone calls, work or just general life stress, it can be hard to maintain a clear and calm mental state. Meditation is a great technique as it allows you to focus your mind on a certain thought, object or activity to improve your state of attention and awareness. As a result there have been correlations between meditation and improvements in self-esteem and anxiety to the fact that it increases your ability to examine one’s thoughts and feelings without judgement.
Additionally, as a result of living in these uncertain times such as these, people often turn to alcohol and drinking as a way to cope. Meditation can be beneficial to counteract those addictions as research has shown it may be able to improve self-control, will-power and impulses.
Another great thing about meditation is that it’s a free practice which can benefit your health and because of it’s rising popularity you can find a ton of tips and tutorials online to get started.
You know that one book in your house that you promised yourself you’d read, but never got around to? Well now is the perfect time to do it.
Reading has a ton of benefits and has actually been shown to be among brain-stimulating activities to reduce cognitive decline in old age. It has also been associated with reducing stress, improving memory, developing better focus and enhancing imagination as well. It can also do wonders for your vocabulary as well.
Interesting enough, research has even shown that people who read literary fiction frequently generally have more empathy due to the fact that they develop a connection between the characters that they read.
Regardless if you are reading a biography, news articles, fiction or non-fiction books, it is always great to read and since there are books written about pretty much anything, you can surely find one that suits your interests.
These four ideas are just a small sample of things you can do to improve your well-being and mood. Not only can these things increase your mood today, but also allow you to relax and enjoy yourself throughout your everyday life.
As everybody knows when they mature, life can be stressful and there are some things that you do not have control over and there’s no point about getting down about that. However, managing stress and coping with that in healthy ways in something that you do have authority over. So work on fixing the things you can change such as your physical and mental health. Life is short and it’s important to remain positive and optimistic to make the best of it.