The dramatic transformation that COVID-19’s succeeding waves have brought to our lives has been difficult to embrace, especially when these changes are so restricting, robbing people of their long-established habits. Because of COVID-related safety rules and guidelines, social activities like getting out of the house, doing new things, and much more has taken a back seat. People staying inside their homes, cut off from the outside world, have experienced varying degrees of stress and anxiety because of these developments. If you’ve been feeling a little down recently and feel like these events are bogging you down, don’t worry; we’re here to help.
Improve Your Health by Staying Hydrated
Since outdoor activities and movement come to a halt during quarantine, our water consumption also goes down, and this is not great news for our bodies. It is imperative to ensure that your body is well hydrated at all times. Every day, drink 4 to 5 litres of water. While drinking water is beneficial, how you drink is also crucial. Drinking 2 litres of water in one sitting might cause more harm than good. To get the best benefits, try to drink water in tiny amounts throughout the day.
Put Nature’s Best Medicine to Work
The key to reducing your tension and worry during quarantine lies in managing and monitoring your sleep cycle. The easy formula for achieving this is to go to bed early and get up early. Another Irish adage highlights the significance of good sleep. “The best cures in the doctor’s book are a hearty laugh and a long sleep,” it states. It’s critical to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep regularly, and it becomes even more critical when you’re in quarantine. Your mind and body are going through a lot, and you’ll need quality sleep to allow your body to heal naturally.
Manage Your Screen Time for Better Health
It’s a sad truth of modern life, but people are putting entertainment and social media over their health. You must limit your screen time to keep stress and anxiety at bay. Here are a few things you can do to get closer to your objective. Doctors advise against using social media shortly after waking up or before bedtime. Set a time during the day when you will use social media and stick to it. The same ideas and approaches apply to OTT content as well. We don’t realise that OTT platforms and social media are at war against sleep. Until we learn to prioritise, we’ll be the ones who suffer in the end. Manage your OTT and social media time well, and you’ll witness your stress and anxiety getting better within days.
Enhance the Mood
Listen to some music that will lift your spirits. Read good novels, start performing yoga even if only for fifteen minutes a day, try some Om chanting, spend time in nature, try your hand at gardening, pick up a pastime and devote some time towards developing it even more. Put effort into improving your mood as it directly affects your overall health.
Quit the Spirits to Fix Your Spirit
Alcohol has become a central element in modern lives. Since people stay home during the quarantine, they lean onto spirited drinks to compensate for the missing social buzz. That, however, is not the best thing for stress and anxiety. Another arch-enemy of good health is smoking. In today’s fast-paced world, a growing number of people are turning to alcohol and smoking for temporary relief. They frequently overlook the fact that these brief bursts of relief do more harm than good in the long run. They wreak havoc on your health. And, because we’re discussing stress and anxiety management, it seems necessary to point out that drinking and smoking, in any form, are great elixirs for tension and anxiety in our bodies. Instead of easing stress and anxiety, they encourage it to build up. As a result, the ideal policy is to refrain from smoking and consuming alcohol.
Once you instil these habits in your life, you will find your stress and anxiety levels significantly come down, whether you’re in quarantine or not, and that would be truly wonderful.
By Pritika Singh, CEO of Prayag Hospital & Research Pvt Ltd.