Living healthy is easier said than done when you’re stuck in your house. There’s sugar, television and your couch. It can be hard to be motivated to do anything that is healthy.
As Advanced Practice Providers you are working hard during this pandemic whether it’s telemedicine or in the office or hospital, staying healthy is vital for you to be at your best.
Try these 6 Tips to help you stay healthy during this COVID-19 outbreak:
Embrace an Attitude of Gratitude – Having a positive, grateful attitude does wonders. Gratitude reminds you of all the good and positive things you have going on in your life and turns your focus away from negative thoughts. Gratitude can make you happier.
Go outside – Change of scenery is a good idea. You can still practice social distancing and enjoy the fresh air. Going out to appreciate nature is great way to care for yourself.
Get Moving – Exercise is vital to living a healthy life. It increases blood flow to your brain and releases feel-good endorphins, which improves your mood and makes you more alert. It’s also a stress reliever and can be an effective way to improve your mental state. There are plenty of online options for workouts of every type.
Stop and Meditate – Spending as little as five minutes meditating can help calm and make you feel better. A few deep breaths; quiet yourself and you will be refreshed and ready to go. There are several great apps to help you meditate even some with timers.
Get Enough Sleep – We are all on edge, which can affect our sleep patterns. But our bodies need eight hours of sleep. Not getting enough affects your well-being and adds to your stress. Getting the right amount of sleep has loads of benefits including letting your body and mind heal, improving your memory and can help you live longer. Turn off the television, shut down your phone and get some much needed sleep.
Better Food Choices – Use the 80 / 20 rule – eat fruits, veggies, lean protein and healthy fats 80% of the time and you’ll be doing better than most people and your body will thank you.
These tips can help you feel good and be able to handle the challenges we’re facing and make you better able to care for yourself and your patients.