Right now the world is reeling as coronavirus sweeps across countries. Though COVID-19 — to use its official name — appears to be an illness most healthy, younger people can overcome, it’s rapid spread across the UK has huge implications.
Those of us fortunate enough to be healthy and fit have an important role to play.
How? By maintaining our own health to avoid putting additional strain on the NHS, and by taking common-sense measure to avoid spreading the virus.
Here are four self-care steps we can take to enhance public health and help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable to infection.
Mind your manners
The NHS says viruses like COVID-19 are spread in cough droplets. This means taking basic precautions like covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your arm if you cough or sneeze. We are on the cusp between flu season and allergy season causing lots of coughing and sneezing. So let’s be super-mindful of maintaining personal space and good hygiene to avoid risk.
Keep up your yoga practice
In times of stress and health concerns, maintaining immunity is critical. Daily yoga practice is one of the best ways to preserve and boost your body’s natural defences, and calm your mind. If you feel more comfortable practicing at home right now, load up a video or check out my posts on sun salutations and how to set up a home yoga space.
This is absolutely vital. Though in times of stress it might be tempting to indulge in unhealthy foods, our dietary choices directly influence our health and well-being. We cannot afford to let our guard down right now, so focus on eating whole, nutritious foodsand staying well hydrated. Adding healing foods like honey to your routine is also a good way to boost your wellness.
In times of uncertainty, it is important to stay grounded and not get swept up in anxiety. Mindfulness practice and meditation are ways of staying centred maintaining a clear head in the midst of difficulties. Not only that, mindfulness helps us be more compassionate and aware of others needs, which is critical in a time when we face a challenge as a community. Find out how to practice realistic positive thinking or take time to do some guided meditation.
We’re in this together!
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