Tips For Maintaining Body and Mental Health During a Pandemic
Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, one of which is Indonesia, various new habits have begun to be applied to become daily habits. Starting from keeping a distance, washing your hands diligently, always wearing a mask, and not touching the face area with your hands.
In addition, the immune system also needs to be improved to prevent the COVID-19 virus from entering the body. Try to take vitamins, eat a healthy diet, reduce stress, exercise, and get enough sleep.
Quoted from Beaumont.org, here are 6 tips for maintaining a healthy body during a pandemic:
- Avoid stress
According to Dr. Mateo Valenti, an internist from Beaumont, United States, reducing stress is one of the most important components for maintaining a healthy body. Doing things like exercise, meditation, and worship can help clear your mind so your body can rest.
- Get enough sleep
For most adults, seven to eight hours of sleep are needed, while children need more sleep.
“A good sleep allows the body to rejuvenate cells and fight viral infections along with a good and balanced diet,” said Dr. Valenti.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
Consuming a wide variety of fruits and vegetables should provide enough zinc, vitamin D, minerals, and other important vitamins to support the immune system. This can prevent the virus from entering the body.
- Maintain weight
To maintain weight, Dr.Wendy Miller from the Beaumont Weight Control Center recommends staying away from processed foods, such as crackers, chips, bread and candy, and fried foods. Eating low-fat foods and vegetables and fruit can help maintain weight loss.
According to Dr. Miller, processed food will not make you full, it makes you want to eat more. This can lead to weight gain.
Regular 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity will help your body function properly. There is no need to overdo it because too much exercise can have a bad effect on the body.
- Drink lots of water
Diligently drinking water can maintain hydration so that the body does not lack fluids. Lack of fluids or dehydration can make the body weak and even faint.
In March 2020, the Ministry of Education and Culture issued a circular containing orders for all educational institutions to postpone face-to-face learning, and replace it with video conferencing methods or online classes. Online Distance Learning is then run by all schools and campuses. Until now, the majority of schools and campuses still carry out online learning. As a result, most students in Indonesia have been studying online for almost a year. On the other hand, a pandemic does not only increase the risk of health problems due to the transmission of the coronavirus. The effects of a pandemic on mental health are also of concern to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In the official broadcast of the UN agency, the Director-General of WHO said that the pandemic has had a major impact on the mental health conditions of millions of people.
Here are tips for maintaining mental health during a pandemic:
- Limit your use of social media
Keeping up with the news that is happening is important, but if it affects each person’s psyche, you should limit the use of social media. Continued exposure to bad news can have a negative impact on mental health. Limit the use of technology, considering that sometimes you need to get out of the virtual world and look for other activities that make you feel happy and comfortable.
- Keep yourself busy with various activities
Currently, the PSBB (Large-Scale Social Restrictions) is being implemented for the second time. Tips for maintaining mental health during the next pandemic can be done by keeping busy doing various activities that you like. If you want to watch a drama that is still on a wishlist, you should watch it now to help maintain mental health. Doing activities that you like will keep you from negative thoughts.
- Keep Maintaining Social Interaction
Being cooped up at home 24/7 may make some people feel stressed. Especially for those who are accustomed to doing activities outside the home. This feeling of loneliness has the potential to cause negative thoughts that can have an impact on mental health. Tips for maintaining mental health during the next pandemic by thinking if this quarantine is an opportunity to strengthen relationships with family or loved ones.
Discuss with them and plan fun activities to do together. If you feel anxious and can’t be handled alone, talk about a problem you are having with someone you trust. They may have a solution that you want to hear.
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