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Five Things to keep in mind during pandemic

Five Things to keep in mind during pandemic

The year 2020 has been fraught with unprecedented challenges for people across the globe, and the current Covid-19 pandemic is, directly or indirectly, impacting the physical and mental of people all over. And this situation is further exacerbated by uncertainty related to global economy, business and industry, job security, travel and other aspects of life and livelihood. Given the way things stand, our lives are unlikely to change unless a cure is found for the virus in form of a vaccination or medication. In the meanwhile, protecting ourselves to the best of our ability, and ensuring good health are our only safeguards. In this article, we show you five easy ways you can take care of your health and keep your loved ones safe from the ever evolving strain of the virus.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

While the virus threatens to disrupt the immunity system of an individual, the repeated lockdowns and uncertainty brought on by the pandemic has severely affected the mental health of the people everywhere. The first thing to remember is that you are NOT alone. It is normal to feel under the weather, depressed and anxious, most of the people around you are going through the same thing. Just because you must socially distance from people, that doesn’t however mean that you are alone. Pick up the phone and talk to other people! Make it a point to check up on your loved ones, they need the support and assurance just as much as you do.

In the hectic world of today, this time is gifted to you. Make it a point to invest it wisely in people you care about and doing things you love but otherwise won’t have time for. This period is also a great opportunity to invest time in yourself, and work on de-stressing yourself. No matter how difficult the current situation may seem, a healthy mind and a clear thought process is a prerequisite.


EXERCISE 

Take out time from your schedule to work out. Aerobics, yoga, running, cycling, walking, badminton, pilates or anything you want. Play a sport, if not then learn a sport! Table tennis also counts!

Working out is a great way to bust your stress and put your mind efficiently to work. This could be the chance you have been waiting for! Tone those muscles and get going. Further, exercising regularly also helps increase immunity. This will serve to further protect you from the virus and help fight it better.

If you do not like exercising, then no problem! Start with a walk to your nearest park, beach or playground and go read a book or even open a bottle of wine. But get that fresh air and explore! This is your time to spend focusing on things that are most important to you. Make a conscious effort at utilising it wisely!

EAT HEALTHY, AND TAKE YOUR VITAMINS

A well balanced diet helps boost immunity and stay in shape. Taking better care of your health during the pandemic is of utmost importance. Incorporate the intake of vitamins and nutrient rich food to help boost immunity.

Some of the more important sources could be- Vitamin C which is known to specifically boost immunity. Increase intake of foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli.

Vitamin B6 is vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system. Consuming a diet rich in Vitamin B6 is imperative for the upkeep of your immunity system. Foods-rich in vitamin B6 include chicken and cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna.

Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection. Foods rich in vitamin E include nuts, seeds and spinach. Also, remember to spend time outdoors in the sun to get your fill of Vitamin D. This is known to protect you from respiratory problems and safeguard your lung function. Zinc is also considered good for treating symptoms such as nasal congestion, sore throat and cough and fever – primary symptoms of coronavirus. Taking remedies or zinc rich supplements could help prepare the body for fighting against the virus.

Additionally, coronavirus is known to severely affect the lungs and exacerbate breathing problems in individuals. The above mentioned vitamins and supplements help protect the body against the virus.

WEAR A MASK WHEN STEPPING OUT, AND WASH YOUR HANDS REGULARLY

While social distancing is the need of the hour and doctors everywhere recommend staying indoors. Trips to the grocery store, pharmacies and the market in general for essentials are unavoidable.

Take proper precautions, make it a point to wash your hands regularly and often for at least 20 seconds at a stretch. Keep sanitisers handy. This includes regularly sanitising your hands and also the produce you have purchased. A wide range of products to clean kitchen counters, vegetables, fruits, packed food are available which ensure that you do not carry the virus into your homes. Invest in them and be safe.

Wearing a mask in public and while keepin company.  The mask helps protect from transmission of virus from one person to another. It also helps infected particles suspended in the air from entering your lungs. Wear your mask regularly and encourage people around you to do the same. Be responsible and if you show symptoms, isolate and get tested as soon as possible.

MAINTAIN A PHYSICAL DISTANCE DURING SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

Lastly, even with all the nutrient rich diet and precautions, the first and most important thing to do is to socially distance yourself from individuals.

Coronavirus spreads primarily through contact with an infected person. Apart from sanitising your hands frequently and wearing a mask, ensure that you maintain a 6 feet distance from others. 

Stay indoors and do your part. This too shall pass. 

About The Author

Seerat Kaur

Seerat Kaur has completed her graduation and post graduation in Economics and Supply Chain and Logistics Management from the University of Warwick, UK. As a part of her degree, she has completed two dissertations which required primary data collection as well as analysis. At Envecologic, she primarily works in research and sustainability partnerships. In the duration of her work, she worked closely in launching the State of Delhi’s Air report, the biggest air pollution survey ever done in the capital.She’s a national level basketball player and loves swimming. Her interests include reading, travelling, sports and music.

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