4 Ways to Improve Your Mental and Physical Health in Lockdown

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With lockdowns in place all over the globe, millions of people are confined to their homes. Although these measures were introduced to protect everyone from a deadly virus, there are signs that lockdown is having a hugely detrimental effect on people’s health.

With outdoor exercise limited and gyms closed, many are finding it hard to maintain a healthy level of physical activity. People are spending more time in a sedentary state, watching TV and working from home and this is inevitably going to be harmful to people’s health. Recent evidence has shown that people’s eyesight is suffering from the increased screen time caused by lockdown too. But perhaps the greatest risk is to people’s mental health. As a species, we are not designed to be kept in a confined space, shut off from others, and worrying about the future. Gloomy news headlines and social media debates only make things worse, and it looks like little will change in the immediate future.

Therefore, it is of paramount importance that you do what you can to protect your health in this difficult time. Though you may be stuck at home, as long as you are proactive, you can keep an eye on your physical and mental wellbeing to stay as fit and healthy as possible. Here are four tips to help you.

Limit your technology use

When you’re stuck indoors with nothing to do, it’s easy to resort to watching TV and staring at your phone. Although you might be initially pleased by the prospect of finally catching up with your favorite series, too much time on devices is bad for you. Try to cut down the amount of time you spend online, and turn off your phone a couple of hours before bed to protect your sleep. It may be worth investing in some special glasses that block blue light. These blue blockers will help you sleep better at night and protect your mental health.

Make the most of your time outdoors

Despite lockdown, everyone is still entitled to time outdoors, whether for exercise or buying groceries. Even if you have no urgent need to leave the house, you should make the most of this freedom. Try to get outside every day, whether for a walk, run, or bike ride. As long as you are careful, there is no harm in it, and your mental health will benefit enormously.

Eat well

What you put into your body has a tremendous impact on your overall health. If you are continually buying greasy takeaways and eating junk food, you are doing great harm to your body. Buy fresh ingredients every time you go shopping, and learn to cook some delicious healthy meals.

Exercise indoors

As well as your allotted daily exercise, there is no limit to the amount of time you can spend working out at home. And the best bit is, you don’t need any equipment to get started. Just find a free online workout video and follow the instructions. You’ll be sweating in no time!

 

 

 

Activities to help you stay on top of your mental health

If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that our health is so important. Health is wealth and our mental health is as important as our physical health. Most times, our mental health leads the way for our physical health to follow, which is why we must pay attention to it to live a fulfilling life. If you are struggling with mental health issues, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible. It is important to start treating mental health illness as soon as you spot them. Preventing mental health illnesses is easier than treating them, so it is important to stay on top of your mental health. Here are some activities to help you stay on top of your mental health –

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Exercise

An easy way of staying on top of your mental and physical health is to exercise regularly. Having a good exercise routine helps a lot. I exercise every morning for about 30 minutes and I have noticed a massive difference in my overall health. You don’t have to exercise for 30 minutes every day to improve your health. I started off exercising for around 15 minutes and I increased it gradually as I went on.

Exercising regularly has a positive effect on anxiety, ADHD, depression, and more. A good exercise routine also improves memory, helps you sleep better, relieves stress, and boosts your overall mood.

Yoga

Our nervous system is directly tied to our mental health, and this is where yoga comes in. Yoga calms and centers the nervous system. It also relieves stress, reduces muscle tension, increases body awareness, and sharpens attention and concentration. Yoga is a self-soothing technique similar to exercising and meditation. It is definitely worth trying especially if you are struggling with your mental health.

Grounding/Earthing

Going for walks and runs definitely help. There’s something about being outdoors that improves the mood instantly. The fresh air and the change of scenery usually calm the mind immediately. An important activity you should try if possible when outdoors is grounding. Grounding or earthing simply means walking barefoot. I did this a lot when I was a kid growing up in Africa, but the older you are, the harder it is to do some of the easiest things. Modern living has changed our lives and some of these changes are not good for our health.

Research has shown that grounding improves sleep, strengthens the immune system, reduces pain and inflammation, regulates the nervous system, and decreases feelings of anxiety and stress, and more. The benefits of grounding are too many to list in this blog post. However, grounding is not the easiest thing to do in the part of the world I live in but I make sure I do this in my garden as frequently as possible.

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Mediation

Mediating does wonders for mental health.  I meditate daily and I cannot imagine a life without daily mediation. When meditating to improve mental health, it is important to focus on the root chakra (root energy center). The root center in our body is the base of the spine and that is the center that deals with mental health amongst others. There are loads of guided root chakra meditation videos on YouTube to help you. It is best to playa round with a few until you find the guided meditation that works best for you.

Dancing

Dancing is another activity that instantly improves my mood. I dance every day. It is part of my morning workout session and I love it. It relaxes me, relieves stress, and keeps me fit. Plus, it allows me to enjoy some of my favourite African tracks.

Do you do any of these activities every day? Which is your favourite?

 

 

Fashion Accessories With a Purpose

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In a way, most fashion items do serve a purpose. They provide us with coverage so that we can head into the outside world without exposing ourselves. But when it comes to accessories, we often find items that purely add decoration to our outfits. There are, however, a few accessories that are hugely practical and can help you out in your day to day life at the same time as contributing to your aesthetic. Here are a couple that you might want to take into consideration!

A Watch

Perhaps the most functional and practical accessory that many people invest in is a watch. Knowing the time is an absolute essential and back in the day, wearing a watch was one of the only ways to determine the time without having to revert to using a clock on the wall or heading out into public to check public clocks. Nowadays, a watch isn’t quite as necessary in order to know the time. The vast majority of us carry around smartphones that display the time on their home screens 24/7. But a watch is still an extremely useful investment. Sometimes, there are circumstances where you may not be able to simply pull your smartphone out. Perhaps you’re at work and phone use isn’t allowed. Maybe you’re partway through a meeting and want to quickly check how long is left. You might be mid-conversation and want to subtly determine the time without distracting the speaker. Your smartphone might simply be tucked away in the pocket of your bag and you want to check without digging around. The watch really isn’t dead. Plus, it makes an extremely fashionable accessory. There are so many different styles out there, ranging from James Bond inspired watches to delicate timepieces, so there’s bound to be something that suits you!

A Bag

We often take bags for granted. But they serve an extremely practical purpose! They store our belongings while we’re on the go! Most of us need to carry too many items around to conveniently store them in our hands or pockets. Having a quality bag can help you to carry everything you need for the day, often in a hands-free manner. Plus, they look great and can add to an outfit endlessly. When choosing a bag, it’s a good idea to take a look at the countless styles on the market. For maximum space and security, you could consider a rucksack or backpack. For complete hands-free storage (perhaps you’re at a concert, hiking, or engaging in another activity), fanny packs or bum bags are ideal. If you just need some space for your smartphone, hand sanitiser, keys, and wallet or purse, a standard bag will do.

These are just a couple of different types of practical accessories that you might want to invest in. Each serves a useful purpose, alongside adding a touch of personality and individuality to your look!

 

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