How to Stay Healthy in Self Isolation
If you are currently experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been exposed to someone with symptoms, you are likely now having to self-isolate at home.
And you are not alone.
Thousands of individuals across the world are having to stay inside for 7-14 days at a time in order to protect themselves and others from becoming gravely ill with COVID-19.
However, staying indoors for long periods of time can have unintended consequences on our mental and physical health. Here is a closer look at how you can stay healthy if you are having to self-isolate.
Maintaining Your Physical Health
· Don’t forget to exercise
It’s important to get as much regular exercise as possible in order to maintain heart health and to avoid weight gain.
However, this can be tricky if you are confined to your home 24/7. If you have a backyard, try to walk a few laps each day to get your body moving. If you are limited on space, explore some of the many free online fitness courses available for all ages and abilities.
· Eat well and drink lots of water
What you put into your body can have a huge impact on how you feel and the effectiveness of your immune system. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats. Avoid eating too many sugary treats or unhealthy snacks high in saturated fats as too many can make you feel sluggish over time.
Get plenty of sleep
The amount of sleep we get can impact our mood, stress levels, and even our body’s ability to fight off disease. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, it is crucial to let your body get enough rest so that it can recover. Make sure that you are going to bed at a reasonable hour and letting yourself take any needed naps throughout the day.
Maintaining Your Mental Health
· Stick with a routine
Routines are an important part of maintaining good mental health as they can help you feel connected with your purpose and the outside world. Good routines should include designated blocks of time for:
· Doing something productive
· Doing something for relaxation
· Socializing (virtually) with others
· Preparing food and eating and
Everybody’s routine will look different, but it’s important that you make time for the above activities and stick with it.
· Stay connected with loved ones
Just because you cannot physically see friends or family doesn’t mean that you can’t speak with them anymore. You can still maintain contact via social media, video chats, phone calls, and letters. If you have certain people that you talk to regularly, try to create a standing ‘appointment’ with them where you can talk with each other. If you know that you will get to speak with someone at a certain time each day, you will not only have something to look forward to but you will feel a stronger sense of connection.
· Watch your media consumption
While it’s important to keep up with the daily news so that you know what is going on in the world, too much news can actually make you even more stressed, anxious, or worried about your condition. Try to limit the amount of time you spend reading and watching the news by either setting limits on your smartphone or avoiding news channels altogether.
It is also best to stay away from news sources that are sensationalist or created for entertainment. Stick with basic news channels that are facts-based as opposed to opinion-based.
Most Importantly: Know When to Call for Help
If your symptoms get progressively worse over a few days, it is critical that you seek further professional medical advice.
The CDC classifies the following symptoms as warning signs. This includes difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain and pressure, blueish lips or face, and confusion.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can worsen dramatically in a short period of time, so don’t wait until it is too late.