Surely the world is grappling with the reality of a global pandemic, COVID-19, taking over an increasing number of countries by the day. A new variant of the family of coronaviruses, COVID-19 is an infectious disease that originated in Wuhan, China. Although the source of this virus has not been ascertained yet, but WHO believes that it has a natural animal origin. Having spread quickly, as one only needs to be in close proximity of the infected person. If the infected person coughs or sneezes, the virus is released in the form of tiny droplets in the air which can either take on another live host, a human or reside for sometime on hard surfaces.
In efforts to control the same, the leading authorities on public health and disease prevention and control, countries around the world have been advised to practice ‘social distancing’. This means that people around the world are to stay inside their homes and avoid gatherings, crowds or going out in general. This much-needed self-quarantine and social distancing is very important in flattening the curve of the pandemic that has taken the world by a storm.
Since all of us are required to work out of our homes and to settle into a new culture of being confined in our living areas, we are expected to also balance long work hours and a host of household chores like cleaning, laundry, cooking, and caring for other members in the family. For those who are in the habit of working out of their homes, you clearly have an added advantage on how to get the hang of this! But for most of us who are used to a hurried morning routine of waking up early to a cup of black tea or coffee, a rushed breakfast of sorts, packing a lunch, getting ready for work and then dashing out of the door to our daily commute - this unusual upheaval in daily routines might throw us off at first!
So why not help each other with ways of coping with this change and to work towards building a healthy stay-at-home routine. We looked into multiple resources and also took in personal accounts of some tried-and-tested ways of holding onto our sanity, maintain our overall health and help ourselves and each other tide over these extraordinary times!
Let’s take a look.
1. ‘Routine’ is of the Essence
The quarantine period requires most of us to work from our homes and sure this new culture might take some time to getting used to. But ‘Routine’ is your safe word people! Sure, you would want to take things casually, and let go of a few things that form your daily ritual - we advise not to! Our circadian rhythms are dependent on a fixed number of hours of sleep and work - so it’s imperative that we stick to our bed times and at what time do we wake up. Our body and brain function better when our daily schedule is organized. It will also help in bringing some sense of normalcy amidst these trying times.
Wake up at the same time that you would normally do if you were to go to work. If you took a break at work post lunch and sip on a soothing cup of turmeric tea then continue doing that! Also, because turmeric will benefit your immunity now more than ever. Read how drinking a cup of turmeric tea benefits your health dramatically. If you usually wind up and settle into your bed at night with a cup of calming chamomile tea and some light reading - stick to it! Make sure you divide your hours in the day between work, household chores, and for self-care.
2. Don’t Go Crazy on the Snacks
Who doesn’t like snacking whilst relaxing at home and we all can go a little crazy on snacks when there is no one around to judge us or keep an eye on our plate. Yes, we are guilty of it! Plus being confined in a closed space for days at end will also seem mundane and gloomy at times. These are the times when you might find yourself reaching for that box of mini-mints or a bag of chips and what not! But please try not to!
At times when we are busy binge watching a show on Netflix or working on something and eating snacks at the same time, we tend to lose track of how much we have eaten and also kill our appetite for a wholesome, healthy meal. Since none of us can go to our gyms and our physical workouts are also limited at this time, we should be keeping a tab on how much we are snacking.
But hunger doesn’t always knock and arrive! So if you really want to have a snack, you can make it a healthy one like a breakfast bowl of mixed nuts, yogurt, sesame or sunflower seeds, fruits and berries or whip up a nice and filling summer salad with some crunchy vegetables like celery, carrots, olives, baby tomatoes and sprinkle some feta cheese.
Couple this salad with a cup of turmeric tea and ginger and you just indulged yourself in a wholesome, healthy and filling meal. But, if you must snack on some sweet or savory treats, then indulge in fixed portions, instead of grabbing an entire bag of chips! Let’s get a grip on our mouths, shall we?
3. A Designated Work Space
In order to forge the setting of a desired work environment, it’s best to have a dedicated work space in your home that is separate from your leisure spaces. If you have a work table, great! If not, then choose a space in your house that’s away from the distractions. Try and keep your desk or work-space organized and tidy.
Having a designated place to work helps you focus on the task at hand, get work done faster without distractions and will also give you the feeling of being at work. Invest or choose a sturdy and comfortable chair, keep your work files organized, keep a bottle of water handy, and if you can then set up your table or work-space against a window or some source of natural light for you to have a sense of the day. Slouching on a beanbag or wedging on the couch is not an advisable thing to do.
4. Meal- Preps will Save You
Since ordering in everyday is not really advisable or feasible amidst this global pandemic, we advise you to take some time out and cook some meals at home. But not everyone finds cooking therapeutic and most of us have a paucity of time, trying to balance work, household chores, care-taking etc. Hence we need to be smart about the way we cook! Planning our meals is the way to go about it.
So, in order to make sure that you eat healthy meals at home and not spend hours in the kitchen trying to cook right before lunch or dinner time, we suggest that you prep your meals in advance and store them in the freezer. You can either do a miso-prep or make full meals in advance, and simply heat them or toss them into the oven for 10 minutes before eating.
To help you get started with this, we suggest that you make a weekly chart of what you want to eat and what prep you need to do for the same. Keep your meals simple and avoid elaborate preps. Make portions that would last a day only, so that you have some variety in your meals throughout the week. You can also couple these meals with some immunity boosting teas like turmeric with ginger or a cup of green tea to add to your #QuarantineCareRitual.
5. 15-20 Minutes of Exercise or Meditation
Some of us are regular to the gym, run or jog, or have been in the habit of doing 15 minutes of physical exercise on a daily basis. But for those of us who are not big on the physical activity game, it’s time we roll our sleeves and get into the habit of it, now more than ever. Just 15-20 minutes of simple physical exercise will greatly benefit your overall health, but will also help with your mental health amidst this period of crisis. Physical exercise helps in releasing endorphins (our feel-good hormones) and also help in reducing levels of anxiety and stress. So while you are quarantined at home, make your workouts fun and interesting!
Push your partner, your spouse, your kids to do 30 minutes of Zumba dancing with the millions of zumba workout videos that you can find on youtube. Download a home-workout app and get moving! If you have a backyard or a garden, get some fresh air and sunlight and meditate. If you are waiting for the chicken to be done in the oven, do 10 squats in the meantime. Also, with all this exercising, it is very important that you hydrate yourself properly. Maintain a decent water intake for the day and also keep amping your immunity with some bountiful beverages like a cup of turmeric green tea or a cup of golden milk. Remember, every little bit helps!
Stay Safe & Stay at Home!
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