Being stuck in your home during the COVID-19 quarantine makes it easy to form bad habits that can impact your health. Instead of letting that happen, you can focus your energy on boosting your wellbeing and quality of life by building healthy habits, such as eating more nutritious snacks and getting your daily intake of nutrients like vitamin D without needing to leave the house. Read on for five tips to optimize your health and wellbeing while you’re self-isolating.
Snacking on Healthy Foods
The grocery stores are chaotic right now, and even though your local produce may seem picked-through, there are always healthier options than easy-to-eat potato chips or processed snacks that could increase your risk of tooth decay and other issues. Here are some healthier alternatives for tempting unhealthy snacks:
- Fresh celery sticks and peanut butter
- Mixed nuts
- Apple slices with peanut butter
- Greek yogurt and berries or granola
- Red bell pepper with guacamole
Developing An Easy-to-Maintain Home Exercise Routine
Exercising while self-isolating doesn’t just help get you in shape, but it also occupies your time with a healthy action. Whether you choose to do 10 sit-ups ever couple of hours, a couple of jumping jacks and a few pushups, or going on a short walk while social distancing, these are all great ways to keep your mind as well as your body active.
Taking Vitamin Supplements
Vitamin supplements are a great way to boost your health while you’re self-isolating and make sure that you’re receiving all of the nutrients your body needs to function, especially since some of them come from being outside, like vitamin D. Our body produces this vital nutrient after being exposed to sunlight. It benefits our oral health by preventing gum inflammation, promotes bone growth, supports diabetes management, and even helps your cardiovascular and respiratory function properly. By taking supplements that ensure that you’re getting enough vitamin D, you can reduce your risk of being deficient while self-isolating.
Occupying Your Mind
Something as simple as working on a puzzle, Skyping your friends, or starting craft projects you always wanted to do is a great way to help time go by faster as you’re self-isolating. You can also browse the internet for fun DIY ideas or must-read book lists. Even small achievements like finishing a journal entry can be a great way to feel accomplished and keep your mind turning while you’re bunkered down.
Keeping Up With Your Hygiene Routine
With a sudden drastic change in your daily routine due to self-isolating, you may forget or be tempted to put off parts of your hygiene routine. When you keep up with self-care tasks like brushing and flossing your teeth, showering, nail-clipping, and ear cleaning that you normally do, you won’t just be keeping yourself healthy while you’re self-isolating, but you’ll also be able to continue feeling good about maintaining a routine and taking care of your body.
About the Author
Dr. Kelly Blair is an experienced and passionate dentist who was born and raised in North Texas. She is passionate about taking care of her patients and providing them with the best possible advice and care. She placed an emphasis on addressing potential problems that could arise beforehand, so her patients can maintain healthy smiles that they feel proud to show off. For questions or to schedule an appointment, visit her website or call 817-737-5155.