6 ways to keep yourself healthy and safe while at home

May 13, 2021 0 comments



After seeing that title, I bet you’re rolling your eyes, skeptical of what “easy” means. You probably think that I’m going to encourage you to go through intense exercise regimens you know for sure you’re not going to do! But unlike most “easy-to-follow” health regimens, these are pretty easy to do! You don’t need expensive equipment, starve yourself with the latest dietary trend, or go through intense physical workouts! 

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You’ve probably read through a lot of articles like these before, so take this as a reminder from a friend. With that, here are six easy ways to keep yourself healthy indoors!


Wash your hands


Let’s start with something simple: making sure your hands are clean. Yes, washing hands is such a basic thing to do, but with the way, the world’s been going? I think this needs to be reiterated.  And since most people still generally have no idea how long, and how to properly wash their hands, I think it’s important to finally give some clear instructions. 



Regarding how long you should wash your hands, it’s recommended by health experts that it should last for 20 seconds. How do you know if it’s been 20 seconds? Well, there are a lot of songs you can sing when you’re washing your hands, like the classic Happy Birthday. 


With that out of the way, let’s talk about actually washing your hands. You have to first get your hands wet, then lather with soap. Make sure soap reaches the backs of your hands, between the fingers, and under your nails. Do all of these for 20 seconds while singing the chorus of your choice. Once done, rinse your hands with clean water and dry with a clean towel. 


 Get 8 hours of sleep


If you want to be a fully functional human being, it’s important that you get a full 8 hours of sleep. Benefits include boosting the immune system against all kinds of diseases (*cough* COVID *cough*), preventing weight gain, gaining strength and energy, enhancing mental performance, and generally improving mood.    


“What’s the best time to sleep?”, you may ask. According to Matt Walker, PhD, head of the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, there’s a window of several hours—roughly between 8 PM and 12 AM, so that your body can work optimally.


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Drink more water


Yep, Mimiyuuuh was right, you need to drink your water! With your life being so busy because of school or work, you have to admit that you’ve been forgetting to notice the little, yet the most important things in life. Most commonly, people have been forgetting to drink water.  “But I’m not thirsty!” That’s what’s worrying. You can’t let your lack of impulses dictate what you should do. Because there are a lot of benefits you’re missing out on! 


Get some sunshine


With the current state of the world, most of us have found ourselves stuck indoors. But because of our fear of the virus, we haven’t been getting some natural vitamins from the sun. Giving us little to no defenses against the ongoing COVID-19 threat. 


According to Unilab, the best time to get sunlight is around 10 am to 3 pm, 5 – 30 minutes per day. Because too much exposure to sunlight can lead to skin cancer. 


If you can’t afford to go outdoors, find an area in your house where the sun shines brightest. (This room is usually near a window.) Once you go there, open up the window (because the window will only block the sunshine vitamin or Vitamin D), and stay directly under the sunlight. 


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Eat Right


The reason why so many people fail to follow fad diets is that it teaches people to EAT LESS, instead of EATING RIGHT. Each person’s body has a different reaction to food intake, so following a specific diet could cause more harm than good. 


Instead, what people should do is to know what food they should eat, and what benefits they’ll get for consuming them. Some excellent sources of nourishment include Vegetables, Turmeric, and Virgin Coconut Oil.


Exercise


“I thought you said I’m not doing any intense physical workouts!”  You’re not. 


The great thing about this list is that I won’t be suggesting you to buy any expensive equipment (that you definitely won’t use after a few months), or make you do intense physical activities that’ll break your body. No. All I’m asking is for you to at least do some physical activities for beginners, and understand the benefits of why I’m asking you to do this. 


Life has so much to offer to us. Good health is the real wealth. Thus, a healthy person is a happy person.

We shouldn’t let our bad habits and lack of knowledge deprive us of the bright future that we all deserve. It is our duty and obligation to make sure that we do everything in our power to keep diseases and illnesses at bay.

Hope these tips can help you lead a healthier and happier life. Stay safe and well! 


━━ Written By Alec Luigi Fernandez
 

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