How To Take Care Of Yourself During Quarantine

Everyone gets sick at some point in their lives. It’s an experience that we have come to live with. However, no one expected that we would have to combat a global pandemic. With any illness, it is a great practice to quarantine yourself to reduce the spread. But in light of the Covid- 19 pandemic, quarantining yourself is even more crucial. It’s best not to take a chance to go to work and mingle with others like we would do when we had a light sniffling as before the pandemic.

Most of us are probably tired of the need to quarantine and isolate ourselves when we come down with a cough or sniffle. But keeping each other safe should be a priority. For those of you who are amid a mandated or self-quarantine, these tips are for you. If you are taking care of someone who is sick, this post may be helpful for you too.

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4 Ways To Take Care of Yourself During Quarantine

Get proper rest.

I am a stout advocate of the importance of sleep in maintaining optimal health and boosting performance and productivity. Sleep is our bodies way of healing from injuries, processing information from the day and recharging for the next day. When we are sick or injured, our bodies naturally feel more tired because it’s our bodies way of letting us know to rest. Rest is the best way to help your body do its job. During your quarantine, take advantage of being at home and turn off the alarm clock. Listen attentively to your body. When you feel tired, sleep. Don’t try to fight it. Your body knows what it needs and when it needs it. 

Stay active

When you are sick, you may not feel like getting up and doing a strenuous workout. However, it is still necessary to get some form of movement during the day. Living a sedentary lifestyle is not the best way to stay healthy or recover. As you may know, the WHO recommends that we get “150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week or a combination of both.” 

Of course, if you are very ill, it might be best to stay in bed and focus on resting. However, if you feel up to it, doing some light stretches or taking a walk around your home can make you feel better. It can also help relieve the kinks and tension from all that sitting or resting in bed. Again it’s essential to pay attention to your body’s needs. Additionally, consult with your health care provider before attempting anything too strenuous during your quarantine.

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Drink lots of fluids and eat nourishing foods

Our diet is the prime contributor to the health of our bodies. Food and drinks are the vehicles through which nutrients enter our bodies. When we consume nutrient-rich food, we provide our bodies with the proper building blocks for optimal health. Remember that saying you are what you eat? Keep that in mind when choosing what to put in your body. I know I am guilty of not putting the best foods into my body. I know that being stuck in quarantine can make you feel for comfort food. But remember, when you are ill, what you consume is even more essential to your recovery. However, don’t be too harsh on yourself if you slip up each moment is a chance to make a better choice.

Things to consider:

  • Stay hydrated. Hydration is vital if you have a fever or diarrhoea. Drink lots of water, tea, soups or electrolyte beverages. Avoid sugary drinks, carbonated drinks, caffeine and alcohol.
  • Eat foods rich in protein, vitamins A, B, C, D and E and zinc as this help boost your immune system. Avoid hard to digest grains, spicy and greasy foods that can irritate your stomach and overwork your digestive system.
  • Smoothies can be a great way to get in all the nutrients your body needs in an easily digestible form.

Do Something You Enjoy

It’s equally important to take care of our mental and emotional health when in quarantine. When you are sick, doing something you enjoy can bring some sunshine into the day. Try to do some productive yet restful activities that make you feel good without using too much energy. Activities like reading, writing or baking can be a pleasant diversion from your ailment.

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When in quarantine, taking care of both your mind and body are necessary for proper recovery. It helps to keep you sane while being stuck indoors. Additionally, try to get some sunlight, even if it’s by sitting near a window. Sunshine has a great way of boosting your spirit.

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7 Replies to “How To Take Care Of Yourself During Quarantine”

  1. Last year, we had a lockdown around this time, we were told to stay home and only go out when absolutely necessary. It was easy to feel bored and frustrated. Now when you can’t go out due to quarantining, it’s even more of a challenge to stay positive. The main thing is that you are not being punished, you are not putting others at risk.

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  2. I understand perfectly how important this is. Living in the UK and having one of the hardest lockdowns in the world. For me was a matter of staying motivated indoors. My blog is product of the lockdown, it save me.

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    1. Being stuck inddors can be challenging esp if you are more extroverted. It’s even tough on introverts. I miss being out in nature. Blogging seems to be the saving grace for a lot of people during the pandemic and lockdown. Makes sense as it’s a great creative outlet when stuck indoors. Additionally, you get to interact with a lot of people that you might not have otherwise. I’m glad that you found a way to stay motivated during the lockdown. How are things now?

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