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Published August 1st 2020
Six pillars to good health that everyone needs every day, especially during COVID-19 lockdown, and tips on how to adopt them into your routine.
1. Exercise While we can't go to the gym, there are plenty of virtual exercise classes to keep fit at home or get back to basics and enjoy nature and explore your neighbourhood on a bike or on your feet. Invite a friend, housemate, or family member to get a dose of social interaction too. Thirty minutes daily is all you need to maintain good health.
Westgate Park, with shared waking and biking paths
Quality sleep is essential for rejuvenating the mind and body. Be sure to separate the space you sleep from the place you work, even if it's just by placing a plant as a barrier between your bed and computer desk. And be sure to have an hour of device-free time before you hit the sack - try reading a novel or listening to music instead.
3. Eat well Though many of us have increased responsibilities, home-cooked meals can be made fairly easily – think slow cooker recipes, casseroles, soups, and curries that can be made in batches on the weekend and stored for ready to eat meals during the working week. Alternatively, support local businesses, many of whom are open for takeaway meals and deliver right to your door.
4. Socialise Yes, we are in lockdown, so we have to be more creative in how we socialise with friends and family. Use Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and other video-messaging platforms to connect. To make it feel like a night out, join an online painting class or pub trivia or host an online murder mystery dinner.
5. Stress-less Everyone has different ways to reduce stress – exercise, watching movies, reading books, gardening, cooking, meditating, taking a nap, and so on. Whatever your tool for reducing your stress, make sure you set aside at least 30 minutes a day for yourself.
6. Engage your mind Whether it's through playing a musical instrument, solving a crossword, piecing together a puzzle, learning a new craft, or fixing your car, the best way to keep your mind focused and healthy is to engage it with new activities. Think of it as exercise for the mind – and in the same way, make sure to mix it up so that it doesn't become a routine activity.
Good informative article. It has many of my favourite activities, except the exercise bit. Although I always park well away from the entrance at shopping centre to get some enforced exercise. Getting out and about writing WeekEnd Notes articles is good exercise, which is also good fun. Neil.