Questions You Should Be Asking To Be Healthier Post-Lockdown
In recent times, many people all over the world have understandably had fears about catching the coronavirus. It has claimed many lives and devastated the world in more ways than one.
However, while the illness is serious, the pandemic has arguably made pre-existing conditions worse. Wired noted that poorer individuals were already more likely to be sick before the pandemic and that its plights would exacerbate these afflictions. They also published researchers describing the pandemic as a “syndemic”, a term used to describe related, overlapping problems. Each makes the other worse by occurring collectively.
Additionally, some became ill because of the trials and tribulations of lockdown living. Bad habits were learnt, and it might be that people focused too much on warding away covid and focused too little on other aspects of their health also.
Therefore, public health is arguably at a crisis point, and it needs more attention. While the US has been out of lockdowns for some time now, some of the health issues incurred or worsened at that time could still be ever-present today.
If you are worried that the lockdowns took their toll on your health, keep reading for the questions you should be asking that will get your health back on track post-lockdown.
How Can I Contribute to the Discussion?
The pandemic has wrought devastation everywhere, but much of the damage is not visible. People have undoubtedly suffered from their mental well-being and will likely need support in getting back on their feet.
From the outset of 2021, the mental well-being picture looked bleak. A feature in CNN recommended that people focus on the basics to improving their mental acuity. Getting enough sleep, eating well, and keeping physically active were some of the things that people across the US were recommended to do in improving things.
It is also vital to nurture a healthy discussion around mental health in your household or social group. You can do this by:
- Setting an example: Airing your feelings may encourage others to follow your lead and do the same.
- Recommending resources: If there is a taboo in place around subjects such as therapy or counselling, perhaps do your best to remove it.
- Removing vices: Some mental well-being problems can manifest in specific actions; gambling, drinking, and so forth. Remove any of these influences as and where appropriate.
- Calling out unhelpful attitudes: In many families and friendship groups, at least one person often behaves counterintuitively or does not take mental well-being seriously. They need to be reprimanded or ejected from any environment where others are low.
Mental well-being is a multi-faceted thing and requires constant vigilance in being maintained. Still, with a group of dependable family and friends at your backing, you can hopefully all be there for each other.
Can Getting Enough Sleep Help?
Sleep can help your mental acuity, as discussed in the heading above. However, it can also provide other benefits regarding your health.
For instance, it helps accelerate your body’s natural healing abilities. Getting enough sleep also reduces the chances of contracting acute heart and kidney diseases. High blood pressure, diabetes, and strokes can also be suitably prevented by getting your rest.
One might think a pandemic would cause people to sleep more, especially if they are confined within their homes. However, one student survey saw that nearly half of students got less sleep during the pandemic due to increased anxiety and destabilized routines. Of course, trying to wind down after a day of sitting down all day likely did not help matters either.
It may seem debilitating but try to give yourself a bedtime. Fill your bedroom with soothing scents or the tones of relaxing music, podcasts, or ambient sounds. You can also meditate beforehand to bring calm. Relax and destress however you can right before it is time to turn in, and hopefully, a good night’s sleep will await you.
Have My Drinking Habits Gone Too Far?
It might be that alcohol felt like a saving grace in an otherwise dreary lockdown experience. Many American adults began drinking in excess over the lockdown period, so it could be a real concern that you are facing here.
Addressing any drinking problem is crucial, so try first to admit you have a problem if in your heart you know that you do. After all, there is a temptation with excess drinking to be dismissive. Perhaps what you are doing is just a phase? Maybe your friends also had a few too many in all the tedium as well? Still, neither of these possibilities is a valid excuse.
While a glass or two will not hurt you, relying on a drink to cure boredom is dangerous. Try to use these beverages as a way of making a good time even greater, rather than granting you some respite from the pits of despair. Replace alcohol with a steady flow of water and keep yourself busy now that restrictions have also eased. Engage with your old hobbies and get back in touch with the person you were pre-covid if possible.
If any alcoholism is a response to more serious matters, such as depression or personal loss, then it is vital to seek professional treatment immediately. Also, seek out support if the problem has spiraled out of control on its own. It can all tie feed back into mental well-being support as well.
What Are Probiotics?
It might be that, over the lockdown period, you consumed more junk food. Perhaps the prospect of cooking healthy meals did not seem too favorable either.
Therefore, kickstarting some better eating habits may be a good idea. Probiotic foods can be helpful here. Probiotics are microorganisms living in your gut that help your digestion. The good bacteria within them can help alleviate many symptoms or conditions that you experience as well.
You can learn more about probiotics thanks to Dr. Ruscio, a leading functional and integrative doctor specializing in gut-related disorders. He provides a handy online guide on all you need to know about probiotics, including what foods to consume and how probiotics make a difference in your daily life. Consult these resources, and all your questions around probiotics will be answered. You will also be eating healthier in no time.
Will Others Join Me?
A workout routine can be beneficial, but it may be more prudent to have your loved ones in tow as you go. An approach like this could counter the feelings of isolation and improve your physical fitness in the process.
Workout with your loved ones, and you can monitor each other’s progress, provide some positive reinforcement when it counts, and be good company for one another. Whether you are laughing as you carpool to and from the gym or just hangout after some yoga at your place, it can all benefit mind and body alike.
Additionally, getting some exercise will be something you look forward to the company. Unless you are working hard to get exceedingly buff, there is no real need to ‘work’ too hard during your exercise routines either. Even a quick walk with colleagues during work lunchtimes can help. Practice some basic stretches and movements as a minimum and bring your friends or family along for the ride.
Lockdown might seem like a long time ago, but its influence may not have faded quite yet. Stay committed to your routines and fight for your good health.