As different states in Nigeria are lockdown as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19, it becomes imperative to readjust your mindset to align with the reality especially by staying healthy, both mentally and physically.
Humans generally do not like confinement, which everyone has suddenly found himself. Since there is no other available option, you must learn to live with the situation until it is eased off.
It is not intractable to reorder your preferences within your immediate environment by drawing out plans that will accommodate your family members, roommates, or for yourself if you live alone.
Tips for staying healthy while in lockdown.
1. Reorder your plans
You will need to remove from your list places you used to go frequently before the lockdown. This might include your workplace, school, market place and recreation centres. What should top the list at this time is stepping out of your house to receive fresh air while you talk to a few neighbours.
2. Eat healthy food
Eat food rich in fruits and vegetables. Stocking up your stomach with snacks continually should be avoided.
3. Make time to laugh
Laughter is strong medicine. It draws people together in ways that trigger healthy physical and emotional changes in the body. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress. Be focussed on things that make you laugh, think about them. Try to possibly avoid the negative effects of the lockdown. Be happy. Laugh out loud.
4. Don’t lose your contact
A lack of face to face contact with others is tough. However, there are several ways to stay in touch. Pick up the phone, video call friends or family and stay in touch online. Start an online neighbourhood group to keep an eye on each other. You could also throw a virtual party where a group gets together online and connects that way. There are also lots of resources and ideas on the internet to keep you occupied and connected.
5. Do regular indoor exercise
Set aside time each day or week to exercise inside, in the garage or in the garden. It could be yoga, weights, dancing or other forms of exercise. Be careful about the kind of exercise you do, know the type that fits your condition.
6. Have a digital break
While it’s important to stay connected digitally, make sure you do have a break from it and balance your use. Plan times to be digitally connected and times when you switch to ‘do not disturb’ and become fully present to life in your bubble.
7. Be current
It’s tempting to keep checking all the latest updates about COVID-19 but don’t let it rule your life. Keep informed but also have a break from the constant flow of information. Have set times where you check the news, maybe morning and night to keep a healthy balance.
8. Be alone sometimes
Interacting with others, physically or digitally is essential. Sometimes, you need sometime all alone to pray or meditation as it could bring many mental and physical benefits.
9. Get medical help when necessary
No one looks out for sickness particularly during lockdown. When it comes, do not hesitate to call or see a doctor. Should a doctor require you to come to the hospital, please do. When the task force set up by the authority apprehends you on the way, simply say you are going to the hospital. Similarly, if you suspect you might have coronavirus, do not waste time to call the authority.