Luxeva Expert Speak: How To Achieve Mental & Physical Well-Being In The Ongoing Pandemicby | April 03, 2020
Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all trying to flatten the curve by spending time indoors in quarantine, but let’s not forget to focus on our mental and physical health during this time, which is a priority. If you are overwhelmed with anxiety, it also reflects in other spheres, such as your skin, which is more likely to appear sallow, dull and possibly erupt in pimples.
Yes, these are trying times, but we must find a way to keep ourselves calm within the storm. Here are some steps that I include in my routine to stay calm and be focussed, and you too could consider them.
For Mental Health
Gratitude is key; every morning when I wake up, I consider all the blessings in my life. It's an exercise that helps bring in positivity. Inculcate meditative breathing in your routine; slow breaths at least 15-20 times to achieve inner peace. Bringing even 5 minutes of meditation into your life for the next few days will change your thinking patterns and make you less anxious, hence helping you feel calmer and able to handle your emotions better!
Consider an expert—there are psychologists you can contact virtually and who can help you handle your anxiety and stress during these times.
For Physical Health
It’s important to get some sunlight. Apply your sunblock and sit on your balcony or terrace or simply by an open window for 5 to 15 minutes a day. Try to keep up with an exercise routine of at least 45 minutes every day, going up to an hour. For example, I am practising yoga for an hour every day, no matter what! Not only does it help with the blood circulation, but it also calms the mind and body, imparting a natural glow.
I also try to walk around a lot in the house and add some callisthenics to my routine if I feel anxious.
Remember, when you have stress, your sympathetic nervous system gets activated, stimulating fight or flight response which means that you need to move or exercise in order to get rid of it. Slow meditative breathing stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, calming it down. Flow with your body, calm your mind for inner peace and navigate through the trauma of COVID-19. All of this will result in better skin, health and a calmer mind, which is priceless.
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