There is no doubt that during a health crisis, there is a lot of uncertainty. Situations are changing all the time, and the information around viruses and the rules of what is and isn’t allowed varies from month to month.
When you don’t have control, even if you are someone who normally doesn’t feel anxious or worried, you can easily start to feel those things creeping in. That is why it can be a good idea to look at the things that you can control, in order to alleviate some anxieties and fear.
Access to healthcare resources
Part of your well-being is looking after both your physical health and your mental health. In times of crisis, these can both be impacted. The current health crisis that we are all experiencing just shows how much we need access to health resources, especially remotely, which is something Brad Schaeffer and Medcomp Sciences are interested in. By widening the range of quality healthcare resources that we can access at times like this, we will be able to take control of this area of our life, and improve our health and overall well-being.
Getting balance in our lives
Getting balance in our lives is another thing to consider, in order to improve our well-being. When we do so, we will be better suited to handle stressful situations. Doing certain things won’t reduce the threat of the health crisis, but they can help us to manage our well-being even when things are difficult.
Here are 5 things to think about when it comes to maintaining your health and wellbeing during a health crisis.
5 ways to stay healthy during a health crisis
1. Having a routine
A routine is something that we can all thrive on and it can make a difference to our lives. When you take care of your physical health by following a healthy routine, which includes regular bedtimes, meal times, and exercise, then it is a step in the right direction to looking after health.
2. Connecting with other people
Staying in touch is something that can be hard to do in person at the moment, but can be so worth it, even remotely. Talk to someone you know and trust, and keep certain topics that make you feel anxious, off the topic of conversation.
3. Moving more
When you move more, you will be able to better take control of different aspects of your life. The more you move, the more you can lift your mood and feel less stressed. If you feel particularly anxious or stressed, then make sure that you have some time to get outdoors for a walk or to do some exercise. There is the added benefit of being able to relieve stress and feel less anxious through moving, but when you are fitter and healthier, you will be in a better position to be able to fight off a virus.
When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
The Mayo Clinic suggests that a successful exercise program begins with a few simple steps. These are:
- Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine, especially if you have health issues and it has been a while before you have exercised.
- Build up your fitness levels gradually rather than be over-enthusiastic and overdo it, as it can lead to injuries. The ideal recommendation for healthy adults is at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity such as brisk walking or swimming or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity such as running or biking a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. The more your exercise, the more the benefits.
- Aim for strength training exercises for all muscle groups at least twice a week.
- Do something you enjoy so that you increase your fitness levels while lowering stress. Pick an activity you love such as dancing, yoga, gardening, stair climbing, walking, etc. You don’t need a gym to be moving. Take your pet for a walk or do body-weight exercises, or follow a yoga video at home.
- Make time for it in your schedule throughout your week so that you don’t skip it.
- Ideally, buddy up with a family member or friend to make it more fun.
4. Getting enough sleep
When you get enough sleep, you can feel instantly refreshed and ready for the day. Getting enough sleep is part of being healthy. So make sure you work that into your routine. Make time for sleep. When you don’t sleep well, it can impact how you feel emotionally, but can also mean that you are unhealthy and more likely to be overweight.
5. Following a self-care routine
Take time to take care of yourself. Meditation, relaxation, quality time with family, personal care of yourself promotes overall wellness.
By eating nutritious food, getting enough exercise and sleep and taking care of your mental health you can become more resilient. Make sure to follow social distancing and wear your mask. If you have any health concerns, talk to your doctor.