A lot of us agree with the statement that 2020 is a year that we shall not forget. Yes it’s true, and this is for many reasons. It was surely a tough year! We wouldn’t have imagined in our good life that we would be wearing masks on a daily basis. Prove me wrong J .
The year surely saw us do a lot of things differently and this went straight to improving our well being. For instance, curfews were slapped on us, making it hard to spend time with friends. We were forced to be at least 2 meters away from one another. We are predominantly social beings and we like to shake hands, hug and kiss. The scientists warned us strongly against this and soon it became part of our life.
Did you ever imagine that you would not shake hands with your colleague, boss and the like, when you meet? Hygiene got itself at the top of the list as being the key to human survival. I do remember that the famous Dettol hand sanitizer didn’t have many customers but all of a sudden it was a golden commodity in the shops – which led to the innovation of new products in this category. Hand washing was always taken for granted, but 2020 did teach us its true meaning.
As we move to the new year, COVID 19 still is here with us. In fact, it is changing its form, mutating and giving our friends in the science departments a run for their money. So while the scientists keep spending sleepless nights on ways to manage this virus, we should equally take good care of our health – from all angles – so that we keep the virus at bay. Here are a few tips that we can use to stay healthy as we continue to grapple with the pandemic! This list is not at all exhaustive, but it gives us the direction we should take.
- Hydrate hydrate hydrate – they say water is life! I agree with them.
- Your diet – monitor it, no binge eating and avoid the unnecessary stuff – you know them.
- Keep the 7-8 hours of sleep as recommended by science. Any less and you are punishing yourself.
- Never underestimate the power of exercise – plan for at least 150 minutes per week. Too much? No – this translates to only 21 minutes a day!
- Entertainment is key – Remember the good old board games, movies with your family, good music, cook outs etc.
- Social distancing doesn’t mean avoid socializing – do so online and keep in touch with your friends and relatives whom you cannot visit as you would have otherwise.
- Continuous development is key – keep learning. They say learning keeps you young. In all honesty, we all want to remain young.
- Take on a hobby – what is it that you have always wanted to do but have not managed to yet. Start it today!
- Clean up your spaces. Remember we need to keep the virus at bay. Your frequently touched surfaces, the door knobs, your phone etc; give them a wipe every so often.
- Journal – a gratitude journal. Pen down all the things you are thankful for. Yes times have been tough, but in all we have been blessed abundantly.
Be thankful always!