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Importance of Healthy Lifestyle during Pandemic

October 06, 2020 Jim Iyoob

While the entire world is battling against COVID19, it is important now, more than ever, to have healthy lifestyle. Physical activity is one of the best ways to keep our bodies feeling and looking better. It not only offers long-term health benefits but improves your overall wellbeing and quality of life.

During these times, developing healthy eating habits, while also regularly carrying out exercise and staying fit is extremely necessary for a strong immune system. Here are some tips for a healthy lifestyle and their benefits on your health.

Exercise for staying Physically Fit

These times, when most of us are leading sedentary lives because of COVID19, we tend to take in more calories than are needed, and what happens is that the unused calories accumulate as fat. Along with a proper diet, exercising plays an integral role in controlling your weight by burning extra calories caused by dietary changes and sedentary lifestyles.

By exercising regularly, you’ll not only maintain an ideal weight but will also stay fit and able to do activities that require a certain level of physical fitness. Often, inactivity has been mentioned as a top reason for losing the ability to do things on our own, even as we get older.

Meditation to strengthen your Mental Health

Meditation is to the mind what physical fitness is to the body. Meditation during these stressful COVID19 times is as important as ever and more and more people are searching for ways to improve this facet of their life. Challenge yourself to commit to a specific meditation each day for a month or longer to experience the long-term effects on your mental and physical health.

Whether you choose to meditate in the studio or in your residence, make sure you remain consistent. As you begin to transform and reap the benefits of your meditative practices, you will notice your body’s reminders. Meditation can lead to mental clarity and emotional stability. It can help reduce anxiety, combat depression, lower stress, and offer a sense of calm in your daily life.

Developing a positive mindset

Maintaining a positive mindset can help you live a healthy life. Numerous studies have established that people who are generally optimistic about life enjoy better health and quality of life than those who aren’t. Positive thinking doesn’t mean keeping your head in the clouds and naively ignoring life’s unpleasant situations. It just means that you approach such situations in a more positive and productive way.

Surrounding yourself with positive people, pushing back against negative thoughts, being open to humor, doing things that bring pleasure, and following a healthy lifestyle are some of the ways of boosting a positive attitude towards life.

Breathing for Relaxation

Breathing for survival is different than breathing for health. Take note of how you breathe while you meditate, slowing it down and making each breath deeper and longer. Count your breaths as you inhale, holding it for a moment, then slowly exhaling.

Make sure every breath is full enough that you feel it coming in through your nose, going down into your lungs, and reaching all the way to your toes. Count a cycle of 10 deep breaths, then begin the count again. Chances are, you will realize just how shallow you breathe throughout the day when you are on the go, becoming more centered as you slow it down.

Quality Sleep for reducing stress

We all get bogged down with stress, but how you react to it determines the effect on you. While we can’t evade all sources of stress, we can develop healthier ways of responding to them. Often times, we fail to realize the many ways that relaxation can increase our stamina, calm our thoughts, improve mood, and allow us to be more productive.

Deep relaxation techniques, like meditation, yoga, Tai Chi, and breathing when practiced regularly, restore energy and encourage a more positive sense of self. Quality sleep is also crucial in maintaining overall health and wellness, although sometimes it’s hard to get.

Making time to rest, relax and be mindful is true nourishment for both the body and soul that gives us a great balance so we can better focus on our lives, the people in our lives, and our work.

As we focus on all these elements and become conscious of mindful living, we become healthier and more intimately aware of our present life experience. Make yourself and your happiness, health, wellbeing a priority, and stay safe.