How to Stay Healthy (and Sane) While You Ride Out COVID-19 – Men’s Journal


Posted: March 27, 2020 at 4:00 am

If youre fortunate enough not to have coronavirus in your home, lucky you. No onell fault you for throwing on the television, heating up frozen meals, and counting down the days. But after youve done the bare minimumwashing hands thoroughly, cleaning surfaces and doorknobsthere are some simple ways to feel better and saner in the coming weeks, according to Myles Spar, M.D., chief medical officer for Vault Health and author of Optimal Mens Health. Every day, there are four things you need to consider: diet, exercise, sleep, and stress, Spar says. Heres how to get it done.

Meme-worthy as it is, you shouldnt be eating all day. If you followed a diet before, such as intermittent fasting or no sugar, keep it up. If youre running out of fresh produce, remember frozen is just as healthy. Canned is third placestill good, but can contain more sodium. Its a good time to explore some shelf-stable healthy options, like mushroom powder. We like Four Sigmatic, which comes in coffee and cacao form, plus packets to mix into soups and protein shakes. And make sure to drink plenty of water, which may not be as strong of a habit at home as it is at work. It wont prevent you from contracting the virus, but hydration helps you get over colds quicker, Spar says.

Obviously getting some fresh air is ideal, but if you dont have a backyard and your city has asked you to stay inside, there are plenty of bodyweight workouts that require minimal space. And try to work out as a family, Spar says. If a run isnt in the cards, try yoga, which has physical and mental benefits. We like the Down Dog app, which is free for anyone working in a healthcare setting through July 1. And there are plenty of other studios streaming flows for free, like CorePower Yoga and Sky Ting.

The regular rules of better sleep still apply: no devices in bed, create as dark and quiet an environment as possible, quit drinking a couple hours before bed. But here are a few additional ones. Stop watching the news at least an hour before you go to sleep, Spar suggests. Stick to a regular sleep-wake schedule, as if you were going to work and coming home. To wind down, take a hot shower, do some deep breathing, or journal.

This is hard to manage on a regular day, and its ratcheted up know. In these tight environments, its really easy to get impatient and frustrated, Spar says. So lets train ourselves to come from a place of responsiveness rather than reacting. What does that mean? If someone is annoying you, dont give in to yelling. Instead, take a breath and calmly say that you could use a little space for a few minutes, then find a place in the house to chill out for half an hour. If youve never meditated, nows the time. (If youre not convinced its for you, Dan Harriss book Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics may change your mind.) And make time to have fun. If youre with your family, have a movie night and art hours. And maintain social connections. Fix a cocktail, video chat with your friends, and suspend reality for a little while.

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