Why You Should Prioritize Wellness During Social Distancing Times
Wellness, by definition, is “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort” (Dictionary). In other words, wellness is all about taking care of yourself and making sure your body and mind are perfectly balanced. Unfortunately, not all of us have the time to maintain a healthy wellness routine. We tend to forget there’s nothing more important than our own health.
But, what happens during social distancing times, like the ones we’re facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Well, one thing’s for sure. We have some extra time on our hands. We can use it to establish a good wellness routine and learn how to prioritize it. If you’re not sure why you should prioritize wellness during social distancing times, just keep reading.
Here are the benefits you’ll feel from establishing a quality wellness routine.
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Let’s kick it off with yoga, which is being practiced by millions of people all over the world. As a part of your wellness routine, yoga will help you establish the balance between your body and your mind.
Those who practice yoga regularly will confirm to have experienced the following benefits:
- increased energy
- increased strength
- reduced stress & anxiety levels
Practicing yoga can help you immensely during social distancing times. You’ll be able to stay physically active and give your body the necessary exercise every day. In addition, you’ll be able to find peace and balance within you, and not get occupied with worries and stress.
Meditation: Inner peace
Many people struggle with stress and have anxiety episodes. During social distancing times, people start to feel isolated, alone and even lost. Also, many people struggle with abandoning their old habits and getting accustomed to the rules of social distancing.
Meditation is a great method for battling all these negative thoughts. Meditation helps you:
- calm down
- clear your mind
- think straight
- find inner peace
Meditation is considered to be one of the key wellness methods that you should definitely consider practicing. Practicing meditation for just 15 minutes a day can have significant benefits for your mind and your body. This is especially important during social distancing times.
You should know that your skin is the biggest organ in your body. This is why skincare is so important and it makes all the difference in the world.
- facial treatments such as cleansing, toning, peeling, and hydrating
- body peeling
- body hydration
Everything that includes taking care of your body from the outside can be considered skincare.
But, why is this important during social distancing times?
It’s important because you deserve to pamper yourself every once in a while. It will make you feel and look better. As a result, your motivation and energy levels will increase. Consider skincare as a part of your wellness routine during social distancing, and keep practicing it once things go back to the way they used to be.
Quality food: Health
What you eat is what you’re made of.
During social distancing times, you should analyze your food habits and consider adopting a more healthy diet. This would help you reduce weight, boost your immune system, lift your energy levels, and start feeling better about yourself. But, what is considered to be a healthy diet? Here are a couple of basic tips:
- no refined sugars
- reduced amounts of bread and pastry
- more fresh fruits and vegetables
- more nuts
- more whole grain-foods
- tea instead of coffee
- less meat, more vegetarian meals
Now that you have that extra time on your hands, you can explore new recipes, and invest some time into preparing healthy foods. Your body will thank and so will your mind.
5. Physical activity: A must
Social distancing doesn’t mean we should sit around and wait for it to pass. On the contrary, we need to make the most of it. Look at it this way- nobody is going to give you back the days you spend sitting on your couch, staring at your TV, and waiting for things to go back to the way they were.
Instead of doing that, you need to get active:
- go jogging
- go hiking
- take online dance lessons
- workout to some YouTube videos
- ride your bike
- go for long walks
Whatever you do, make sure you enjoy it. A good sweat will help you get all the toxins out of your body, clear your head, and be more energized during the rest of the day. Physical activity is also known to reduce stress and anxiety, which is exactly what you need during social distancing time.
6. Social media: Disconnect
Think about the last time you were holding your phone in your hand and you were scrolling down your social media news feed. It was probably 15 minutes ago, right? And, did you see or read something worth mentioning? Our guess is no. Social media can be a great thing if you use it for a good purpose, like to communicate with your friends.
However, so many of us spend hours every day doing meaningless things such as:
- looking at photos and videos of people we don’t know
- reading comments we’re not even interested in
- watching videos that aren’t worth watching
- reading news that makes us panic
During social distancing times, try unplugging from social media. Take a break. Reduce the hours you spend there. Instead, use that time for some of the activities we’ve listed above.
In the introduction, we’ve posed the question of why you should prioritize wellness during social distancing times. The answer is simple – because you deserve it. Use the tips listed above and start working on establishing a quality, healthy, and beneficial wellness routine. Once social distancing is over, continue practicing it regularly.
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