This is a difficult time for us all so we have decided to provide some tips given by Dr Kuldeep Minocha (GP and cosmetic doctor at the NEW Tempus clinic, Belgravia London) on how to keep healthy during this pandemic.
1) Keep Hydrated:
You and your family must all keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of clear fluids, warm or cold, it doesn’t matter. If you become unwell with flu- like symptoms it’s best to drink warm liquids so as to help soothe the chest and soften the mucus. Hydration is also very good for your skin and will help you feel more refreshed.
2) Get plenty of fresh air:
Open the windows in the house at regular intervals to help air circulate. Air quality is very important and if you’re living with someone unwell be sure to allow fresh air through the house regularly. Fresh air will also help you have a fresher mind, and strengthens the immune system.
3) Clean up and keep your surroundings tidy:
Not only do objects carry germs but a tidy space is great for your mental health as well. Put things away when you’re not using them and unplug and turn off any electrical equipment when it in use, not only to save energy, but that can help with those suffering headaches. Cleaning regularly will also help remove any lurking germs in the house and it can be done as a family to pass the time.
4) Try to use the TV as a last resort for entertainment:
Prolonged tv watching means you and your family are inactive for larger periods of time which long-term may mean you’ll put on weight from not burning the right number of calories for your body, and also muscle wastage in extreme cases, especially the young and the elderly. Also watching and using screens excessive can really put a strain on the eye muscles. Great time to practice online yoga or to watch some of the various home exercise offerings online if you do want to watch something.
5) Eat a varied diet as much as possible, think of a rainbow of foods:
The more colours you can eat, the better. A varied selection of foods if you can get your hands-on sullies, will give you good and varied vitamin and mineral content. Keep meals small and regular rather than eating large portions a couple of times a day, it aids digestion and elimination when you’re less active. Overeating is ill advised at this time, especially when physical activity is lessened.
6) Talk to people:
Friends and family are only a phone call or video call away and having a chat and seeing those that you love can really help break up the day and lower your anxiety and boredom levels. Your kids will love a video call with friends while they’re unable to play together at this time. Making work calls is also positive, and increases Your productivity and feeling of connection If you are still working from home.
7) Sleep well. It’s an anxious time:
For us all but sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a day can really help Boost the immune system and help keep anxiety levels down. If you are having trouble sleeping try having a warm bath before bed. listening to some mediation guides or practicing deep breathing for 10 minutes before bed can do wonders for a restful sleep.
Most importantly, stay home, stay safe, and look after yourself. X