Importance Of Health In The Time Of COVID-19 Pandemic

Health is a state of complete emotional, physical and social well-being. Good health helps us to handle stress and live a longer, more active life. We all are going through a pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 these days and it is getting worsen with each passing day. During this difficult time, it’s important to continue look after our physical and mental health. This will not only help us in the long term but it will also help us fight COVID-19 if we get it.

COVID 19 virus infects people of all ages.In spite of the fact that for the vast majority COVID 19 causes just gentle ailment, yet it can make a few people exceptionally sick. More rarely the disease can be fatal. Older people and those with previous ailment( such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes) appear to be more vulnerable.Lungs are the organs most affected by COVID 19.

Unfortunately there is at present no effective treatment for this disease. Pre-existing pathological conditions or comorbidities such as age are a major reason for premature death and increased morbidity. The immobilization due to hospitalization and bed rest and the physical inactivity due to sustained quarantine and social distancing can down regulate the ability of organ systems to resist to viral infection and increase the risk of damage to the immune, respiratory, cardiovascular systems and the brain.   

Effect Of Pandemic On Physical Health

Physical wellness promotes proper care of our bodies for optimal health and functioning. There are many elements of physical wellness that all must be cared for together. Overall physical wellness encourages the balance of physical activity, nutrition and mental well being to keep your body in top condition. Physical well-being involves pursuing a healthy lifestyle to decrease the risk of disease.

The COVID-19 pandemic is an unusual time all across the world.Around the world, broad social distancing approaches are established, limiting individual’s daily activities and worldwide pleas from governments asking people to stay safe and stay at home. This of course means that most people will spend much of their time (if not all) at home.

These social distancing measures imply that individuals have far less occasions to be actually dynamic, particularly if exercises for example, walking or cycling as transportation, or participating in a leisurely activity (e.g. jogging, walking the dog, going to the gym) are being restricted. 

Furthermore, these drastic measures additionally make it so much easier to be inactive at home for significant stretches of time.Despite the fact that these social distancing measures are significant and required in a period such as now, our bodies and minds still need physical activity and numerous advantages thereof.

Effect Of Pandemic On Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

  1. Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  2. Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  3. Family history of mental health problems

As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with underlying health conditions.

In public mental health terms, the main psychological impact to date is elevated rates of stress or anxiety. But as new measures and impacts are introduced – especially quarantine and its effects on many people’s usual activities, routines or livelihoods – levels of loneliness, depression, harmful alcohol and drug use, and self-harm or suicidal behaviour are also expected to rise.

During this unusual time it is important to remember to take care of our overall health. Exercise,sleep, eating healthy and reducing stress are all important habits we should be practising daily. Here are few tips we can use to take care of ourself.

How To Take Care Of Physical Health

For Physical Health:

  1. Try not to stress out

Reducing stress is one of the most important components of overall health. And in times like these, it is easy to overlook. Reducing stress so you can focus on healthy living is most important. Doing things like exercise, meditation and prayer can help clear the mind so the body can rest.

2. Get enough sleep

Good sleep permits the body to revive and fight off disease along with a good and well-balanced diet. Offer your body the chance to appropriately energize each night by getting enough sleep. For more adults, that implies seven to eight hours, with children requiring more. In the event that our sleep cycle is continually being upset, many negative symptoms can erupt for example, extreme fatigue, sluggishness, memory issue, emotional instability and even an expansion in sickness.

3. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables

Regularly eating healthy foods, for example, the vegetables, fruits, lean meats and whole grains will give you the nutrients that help our body’s indispensable capacities as well as can balance our mental well-being . Consuming a wide variety of fruits and vegetables ought to give us enough zinc, vitamin D, and other important minerals and vitamins to support healthy immune system.

4. Exercise

While the long-term advantages of exercise are unquestionable , many struggle to make it a part of their every day life. The key to sticking to an exercise routine is to discover an activity that you like and you can grow in. A daily regimen of 30 to 60 minutes of low to moderate intensity physical activity will help your body function at its best.

5. Hygiene

Hygiene is defined as any action taken to maintain health and prevent disease. Practicing good personal hygiene is important for helping keep the body healthy and clean.

How To Take Care Of Mental Health

For Mental Health

  1. Set and maintain a routine at home.
  2. Focus on things you can control.
  3. Use technology to maintain social connections with your loved ones. Consider a regular check-in schedule to give you something to look forward to.
  4. Focus on your thoughts on the present and things to be grateful for today.
  5. Listen to music or read books.
  6. Consume reliable news sources that report facts, and avoid media that sensationalizes emotions. Limit your exposure or take a break from news and social media if you find that it makes you anxious.
  7. Lean on your personal beliefs and faith for support.
  8. Look for ways to help your community, such as blood donations, checking on older people in your neighbourhood, or donating supplies or money to local organizations.
  9. Acknowledge and appreciate what others are doing to help you and your community.

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