How to stay healthy while stuck at home

Most people have been isolated or confined to their homes for more than four months now due to the threat of a pandemic. If you’re feeling sad, depressed, impatient, craving for food, unmotivated, and hopeless lately, you are not alone.

We all wanted our “old” lives back, but we can’t do that for now. So, we have to accept and try to live the “new” normal. Our goal is not only to stay healthy at home but to also feel good about ourselves. It is important to try to maintain a healthy lifestyle during this pandemic.

Here’s how to do that:

  1. Get a home massage. Panic, anxiety, and fear are all common feelings, but there are ways to manage them, and one of them is by getting a massage. A regular body massage promotes reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, relaxation, reduction of stress hormones, among many others. But since we cannot visit any massage clinics at the moment, massaging ourselves or members of our family even with a simple back rub can also be very effective, although it may not be satisfying like how our favorite masseuse does. Putting massage oils not only improves the nature of relaxation massage, but it also helps in the healing process.

Here are some popular massage oils and their benefits:

  • Peppermint – relief from itching, muscle pain, and headache; it is also a treatment for a variety of conditions to include nausea, digestive issues, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Lemongrass – antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, stomach pain, and nausea.
  • Lavender – relieves pain, treats various skin disorders, keeps your hair healthy, relieves respiratory disorders
  • Chamomile – for indigestion, nausea or gas, wound healing, anxiety relief, eczema or rashes, anti-inflammation, and promoting sleep.
  1. Boost your immune system. We cannot afford to get sick these days as most of the hospitals are already in full capacity. Even the slightest sign of sore throat, cough, or colds can make us feel anxious and in panic mode. Back in the days, honey is an old sore throat remedy. People try a spoonful of honey when they have a cold, adding it to a hot tea with lemon. It’s been used as a folk remedy throughout history and has a variety of medical uses and health benefits. Raw honey is a good source of antioxidants, has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It can heal wounds, has a phytonutrient powerhouse, and helps in digestive issues.

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  1. Go easy on food and drinks. Some people find comfort in eating and drinking when feeling sad, anxious, or depressed. But did you know that a typical fancy coffee drink contains 170 grams of sugar? You’d get more of sugar than a caffeine buzz. As the popular song would say, too much of something is bad enough. But if you really love coffee, why not switch to organic coffee because it’s high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Coffee in itself boosts the immune system and helps the bodyguard against disease. Organic coffee is said to be free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers and reduces the risk of harmful chemical ingestion.
  2. Take care of yourself. Working from home means more time to take care of yourself. That means taking a bath regularly and pampering yourself. But make sure to use products that are free from chemical loaded products. Over time, toxins present in those products will be absorbed by our skin and can lead to more serious health issues. Using organic products such as soaps is not only healthier, it is also better for the environment, cruelty-free, more economic. Organic soaps, for example, have better healing properties, easily disposed of, have glycerine, loaded with antioxidants, no chemical antibacterial toxins and preservatives.
  1. Don’t forget to exercise. Before this pandemic, we often complain about how we don’t have much time to exercise and do things that we love. Now it’s a good time to do that as exercise is an effective way to reduce anxiety and depression. Try walking or running around the neighborhood, or try online yoga, Pilates, or Zumba classes.
  1. Get enough rest. Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep each night. Getting enough sleep isn’t only about the total hours of sleep, but a good quality one. Sleep plays a crucial role in good health and well-being throughout your life.
  1. Pray and meditate. Prayer is one of the most important things we can do right now. Prayer is when you talk to God and meditation is when God talks to you. You can do it anywhere at any time. Just find your quiet place. Prayer changes us, protects us, and brings us breakthroughs in life. Why not give it try? It doesn’t have to be complicated and difficult. Just be honest and be yourself. Trust the process. Let go and let God take care of the rest.

Remember, if you’re only being asked to stay at home, call yourself blessed. Some people are fighting for their lives, risking their lives, and saving other lives just to survive. Stay at home, keep yourself healthy, wear masks, and practice social distancing. This too shall pass.

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Published by Mylene Orillo

Mylene Orillo is a contributing writer at the Health & Lifestyle magazine.  Prior to that, she's a former correspondent at The Manila Times; former editor-in-chief of TravelPlus magazine; and former assistant editor of Health & Lifestyle, Zen Health, and DiabetEASE magazines by FAME Publishing, Inc., a company owned by cardiologist Dr. Rafael Castillo who has given her the much-needed break and opportunity in the health industry and medical field.  Her previous job as Media Consultant at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and Writer-Researcher at the Headquarters Philippine Army ignited her passions for charity, volunteering, selfless service, and love of country. As a young girl, she loved reading her mom's collection of Mills & Boons pocketbooks, which started her passion to write romance stories.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Sto. Tomas in España, Manila. She is now working towards earning her master's degree hopefully this year. She loves traveling, long-distance running, reading romance and non-fiction books, watching Korean Drama series, feel-good rom coms, military movies, and documentaries during her spare time. Someday, she wants to meet Prince William and Pope Francis, settle down with the love of her life and have a family and kids of her own; and become a bestselling romance author.

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