With the introduction of a contagious new strain of the coronavirus, the whole world is holding its breath. While some countries and cities are recovering from the worst of the outbreak, others are preparing and doing their best to mitigate the issue. You have no doubt heard the advice time and again: stay home, stay safe, and wash your hands. Just preparing for the virus is making everyone stir-crazy!
While we take a break from big events and social gatherings, we’re using the extra time to work on ourselves, and invite others to do the same. That means taking time to do things we love, and challenging ourselves to take better care of our bodies. In addition to social distancing, self-care is a great way to protect yourself: becoming better prepared to recover from infection, Covid-19 or otherwise.
The most recent data indicates 80% of those who catch the coronavirus have only mild symptoms, and are able to recover at home without visiting the hospital. The best way to help you and your loved ones to prepare in the case of infection is to take care of each other, helping everyone to be as healthy as they can be.
To stay healthy, we recommend a wholesome, nutritious diet supported by exercise and rest. To help you feel ready and motivated to achieve good health, we’ve broken it down into three areas of focus.
1. Nourish your digestive system.
Your immune system, stamina, and overall physical wellbeing are all connected to your digestive health. Of course, it’s only one piece of the big picture, but your ability to absorb nutrients and vitamins while flushing out waste will help in all areas of health. Browse our healthy recipes and apple cider vinegar mix drinks for healthy and wholesome treats.
Curious about the health benefits of raw apple cider vinegar? Our immune systems are healthy when we’re healthy. In fact, it’s a passion for health that caused us to fall in love with raw apple cider vinegar and start our own small business around it. Immune system boosters include vitamin C, antioxidants, and live cultures, each of which are ample in raw apple cider vinegar. Of course, raw fruits and vegetables are wonderful to include in your diet as well.
2. Move in ways you enjoy.
Exercise doesn’t have to be going to a gym, sweating it out for an hour, and heading home (although that works for some!). Whether you love the treadmill or not, finding a way to move your body that feels good is so important for both mental and physical health. If you’re spending more time at home during the outbreak, see if there’s a way to turn any restlessness into an opportunity to appreciate and honor your body for all it does for you. Go for a walk around the neighborhood, a hike in the great outdoors, or some at-home exercise. We love Fitness Blender for free exercise videos that are made for every level.
In addition, it’s pretty easy these days to get stuck in a news spiral vortex of doom and despair. And while it’s important to stay informed, it’s also essential to give your nervous system a break. Call your funniest friend, look at some of your baby pictures (um, do those green velvet overalls come in a grown-up size?!), and partake in a little Laughter Yoga. Laughter can do wonders for your stress response and your immune system, and this website offers accessible options to bring a little light-hearted spirit into your day.
3. Get good quality rest.Healthy sleep is easy and natural for some, and tricky for others. Anxiety and insomnia can make good-quality rest hard to come by, but there are many things you can do to help enjoy a good night’s sleep. Though you may have heard it all before, our best advice is to build a strong daily routine: wake up at the same time each day, enjoy a small but hearty breakfast, exercise at the point in the day that feels right to you, limit nap length, and put away stimulants (such as caffeine and electronics) as the sun goes down. If you’re feeling anxious, tell yourself it’s okay to leave your worries for tomorrow.
We’re all feeling a little restless during this outbreak, but we’re feeling it together. Let’s build it into something that makes us stronger and more prepared for the future.