As per adjusting to the new life that the outbreak gave us, it’s normal to have difficulty with keeping healthy habits. People may be having trouble managing stress, sleeping, eating right, or coping with loneliness. Here’s how to manage your life during an outbreak:
- GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE
If you are experiencing stress, it’s hard to sleep because you are anxious and you are anxious because you can’t sleep. Stress can make the quality of sleep subtle. It makes it hard to stay asleep, fall asleep, or sleep well. All of it can upsurge the chance that you will be more reactive to stress the next day.
- Begin your day with exercise and get an hour of bright light in the morning. You can also get natural light around midday to help regulate your circadian rhythm. Exercise helps release hormones that give a sign to your body to stay awake.
- Stick to the same wake-up and bedtime each day.
- You can also try meditating. Meditation can be as simple as sitting quietly for a couple of minutes as your focus on your breathing.
- In the 3-4 hours before bedtime, you should avoid eating. It can throw off your internal clock and lead to reflux. It can be a disturbance to your sleep.
- If you cannot get 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night, take short naps during the day. It will help curb some of the sleep loss consequences.
2. HOW TO AVOID STRESS EATING
Being at home for a long period is an opportunity for you to be able to identify the situations that tend to make you need to eat too much. Stress and boredom might be huge causes. It happens if we don’t have much to do or feeling idle that we tend to eat as a way of managing stress. The boredom that quarantine is giving may cause some people to want to reach for snacks as a way to self-soothe.
- Plan around foods you have available for consumptions instead of planning meals around a set of ingredients.
- Make sure to keep that food away if you feel you need to stockpile food.
- Try to keep busy because boredom often trigger for impulsive snacking.
- Make routines for exercise, eating, working, and play. It can help you avoid stress which can lead to impulsive eating. The routines you have can give you wellbeing in unclear times and also help to remove unbalanced eating routines because of impulsive behavior.
3. HANDLING LONELINESS
A distinct challenge of keeping social distancing or being in quarantine is a sense of loneliness. It is very important to differentiate social isolation from loneliness.
4. HOW TO KEEP POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE
The working from home arrangements and social distancing rules offers a rare opportunity. It has given us the chance to pause and reflect on what is most important in our lives. We need to focus on our health and family for now. We need to face this COVID-19 outbreak together with a positive perspective that this pandemic will end soon.