We’ve been keeping safe at home for weeks now, and it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster to be honest.
One thing I’m really aware of though is trying to keep us all well, both physically and mentally. This is such a strange time, that none of us have experienced before and we’re all just doing what we can to cope and manage and get through.
If you’re looking for small things you can do to keep healthy and well while at home through this situation, here are some ideas for you.
As tempting as it is to spend this time just eating comfort food and all the tasty things you’ve been baking, try and make an effort to balance things out with some fruit and veg.
Tinned and frozen fruits and vegetables are just as good as fresh if you’re struggling to get to the shops regularly. And it’s worth looking around to see if any local companies are offering deliveries on fresh produce.
The more goodness you can sneak into your meals each day, the better you’ll feel.
We’ve started making meals like bolognese and casseroles with all sorts of extra veg added in, and if you chop things up nice and small you can probably sneak it past the children as well.
We might not be able to head out to the gym at the moment, but that’s no real excuse to not do any exercise at all.
If you’re really not feeling energetic then even going for a walk with the family will make a difference in how well you feel. And on the days you want to push yourself a bit more you can go out for a jog or a bike ride. I’ve seen quite a few people doing the coach to 5K thing lately which looks great if you want a structured programme to follow to get you running.
If you’re normally a regular gym-goer and working out is a big part of your life, then you might find that workout supplements help to keep you on track, and you can find all sorts of home workouts online if you’re not able to follow your normal routines.
Cut out bad habits
One great way to get and stay healthy during this time at home is to look at your not-so-healthy habits and see what you can do to improve them.
If you’re a smoker then this could be a good time to try and quit. Some people might find that going cold turkey is the best approach, but for others that is too much of a struggle.
Another option is to reduce how much you smoke, or try switching to using a vape pen instead. The NHS and PHE advice at the moment is that vaping is at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes. So it could be worth looking at an online vape shop to see what options there are that can help you make the switch.
Get enough sleep
If you only do one thing on this list to stay healthy at home, make it this one.
Try to get the sleep you need.
Various studies have shown that our immune systems are suppressed when we don’t get enough sleep, and we need our immune systems to be as strong as possible at the moment.
So try and keep to a regular bedtime, and get a good night’s sleep as much as you can. If you’re struggling to fall asleep at the moment then this post I wrote recently might help.
Hopefully with these ideas in mind we’ll all be able to stay healthy and happy at home.
Disclosure – this is a collaborative post