Avoid eating junk food
Staying home can lead to a lot of snacking and over eating. Try and replace the urge to snack on junk food with another habit. Replace one junk food snack a day with a better alternative: nuts, fruits, yogurt, etc.
Get enough sleep
Poor sleep can reduce physical and mental health, cause increased weight gain, and obesity.
Hydration has a major effect on energy levels and brain function. Water can help prevent headaches too!
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Studies* have shown that people who eat the most vegetables and fruits live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease.
Exercise is one of the best things to aid in mental and physical health.
Maintain contact with friends and family
Social relationships are important for mental and physical health.
Try a few simple steps to start feeling better each day. Go for a walk. Eat an apple. Call a friend. Drink some water.
* Slavin, Joanne, and Beate Lloyd. “Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables.” OUP Academic, Oxford University Press, 6 July 2012, academic.oup.com/advances/article/3/4/506/4591497.
Stress and Mental Health
Keep a routine
Try not to break your normal routines. Eat breakfast in the morning, then, schedule some productive time (like work, home projects, school projects with kids, etc.). Routines help keep people focused and busy, without feeling pushed.
Take a break
Take breaks from listening, reading, watching news and other media. Over saturation of information can lead to stress, worry, and headaches.
Take care of your body
Take deep breaths, stretch, get enough sleep, and try to maintain a normal routine including when you eat your meals, finding time to work, and time to relax.
Physically social distance. Use technology to close the gap
Stay in touch with friends, family, and loved ones. Reach out and talk. Coordinate a time to stream a movie, or have a book club by phone.
Looking for more helpful tips? Check out the tips from the CDC to manage stress.