Being stuck at home has brought the unhealthiest out of all of us. We’re sleeping in, we’re eating more junk food, and we only move from the bed to the kitchen.
It’s important to hold onto or form health habits during this time to ensure we feel our best and to keep sicknesses out of our systems.
Most of us are big fans of sleep, and an NTI schedule makes it easier to rationalize bad sleeping habits like staying up too late and/or sleeping in. Try not to fall into this trap. It is recommended that a person gets 7-9 hours of sleep for adults and 8-10 for teenagers, which doesn’t always happen.
There are two sides to this, under and over sleeping, which both have negative consequences.
“Sleep deprivation prevents your immune system from building up its forces. If you don’t get enough sleep, your body may not be able to fend off invaders, and it may also take you longer to recover from illness,” according to healthline.com.
Right now we need to keep our immune systems up and running to fend off Covid-19 and seasonal sickness we are about to encounter. Get enough sleep so that you can protect yourself.
On the other hand don’t over sleep. Too much rest can bring on depression, anxiety, headaches, and low energy. Find a happy medium of rest.
It is also important to eat healthy. That’s not to say you can’t eat your favorite foods, but you need to balance your diet. Have some fruits or vegetables before you indulge in your pleasure foods.
The biggest thing however is making sure you eat breakfast.
“Breakfast jump starts your metabolism and, thus, helps you burn more calories throughout the day,” according to rush.edu.
If you are confused as to what that means, that’s ok. SImply put, breakfast wakes you up and helps your body to do the things it needs to throughout the day. Because most of us are getting up to be ready for our first online class by 8:30, you should be well awake to eat a bowl of cereal, and apple, yogurt, or something to get you going.
The last helpful tip for staying healthy during this time is getting in daily exercise.
Go for a walk. Dance in your living room. Jump up and down one your bed; whatever you need to do to get moving. All you need is 30 minutes a day but it can make a huge difference in your mental and physical health.
All of these things can make drastic differences in your day to day life and can help get you though this time.
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