Healthy Body & Mind: Self-Care While Social Distancing
By Dr. Justin Marchegiani
I know it can be isolating and distressing to be cooped up in the house all day. It really throws a wrench into your normal routine, and is a constant reminder that things aren’t right.
Current events have the world in a panic, and as we know, being in a stressed state, or a state of fear and worry, can keep our cortisol spiked and actually cause a lot of harm in the long term.
With nothing but time on our hands, there is no better time to start focusing on our health!
Exercise: Depending on local regulations and the spaces available to you, there are a variety of ways you can get physical activity in each day. A local trail, a walk around the block, spending time in your backyard, or even doing body exercises in a room in your house are all options for getting in your daily dose of exercise.
Eat Healthy: Remember when you said you would eat healthier if only you had the time to cook? Well, the time is here! Search the web or any cookbooks you have around the house and find a couple of recipes that inspire you.
Work with a doctor: There is no better time to start working on your health. Stress levels are high, which can raise cortisol and affect more areas of our health. By working with a functional medicine doctor (I do my consultations with patients around the world via online video calls) we can get to the bottom of any underlying health issues and come out of this world event stronger than ever before!
Earthing: Connect your feet to the earth to reduce stress and inflammation while boosting the immune system. A connection with nature is a necessity for healthy physical and emotional health.
Humans are social creatures and require connection with their community. While social distancing, connecting is not so easy. Video calls: With Skype, Facetime, Whatsapp, Google hangouts, and more there are a variety of apps you can use to connect with loved ones. Face time, even virtual face time, with friends and family can make a world of difference in improving mood, lowering stress, and feeling connected.
Limit your time on social media–while some social media can be a good thing (like fostering a connection with loved ones when you can’t physically spend time together) too much time on social media can affect mental and physical health.
Partake in a hobby: gardening, painting, reading, learning a language, playing an instrument… whatever it is you love to do (or have been wanting to try), there is no better time than the present!
Think positive thoughts: your thoughts shape your reality. At least 10 minutes of positive visualization per day can do a world of difference in improving your perspective.
It can be hard to get the support you need when social distancing from loved ones, especially if many in your circle are feeling fearful or stressed out. I want to remind you that I am only a call away and can help you improve your health through a remote consultation.
- Exercise–at least once per day, move your body!
- Outdoor time–bonus if you’re barefoot!
- Text, call, or video call a friend or family member.
- Cook: at least one meal per day
- Limit time on social media–stop using electronics at least an hour before bed.
- Drink enough water
- Spend time doing something that brings you joy (besides Netflix/social media!)
- Take a walk–even if it’s just once around the block.
- Think positive thoughts
What would you add to this list? What offline hobbies do you enjoy? Have you tried any new recipes recently? Let me know in the comments below!