Here’s a silver lining in the pandemic we’re all stuck in the middle of. With each passing day, we learn more about the COVID-19 virus and how it behaves. That, in turn, inches us closer to winning the battle against it. But we’re still in the early stages, with many more questions than answers.
Living through the COVID-19 era has taught us quite a few lessons, as well as given us the time to contemplate them. Though no one can say for sure what’s next, safe to say things will be different and, in ways we can’t yet imagine, challenging. Going forward, supporting our mental health will be just as important as taking care of our physical health as we make the transition to life after lockdown.
We all can do a lot more to fortify our immune systems to help keep COVID-19 scourge at bay, namely: trading processed foods for healthy, whole foods; cutting sugar to the bone; getting plenty of sleep; practicing meditation and relaxation techniques; and moving as much as possible (without over-doing it) throughout the day. But here’s one more essential element to add to your anti-COVID-19 arsenal – vitamin D.
When it comes to sleep, you need to give it all you’ve got, as in, use every healthy trick in the book to make sure you do it well. The body does much of its cellular maintenance and repair work during sleep, so falling short doesn’t just leave you groggy in the morning – it can torpedo the body’s defenses and make getting sick far too easy, hardly the prescription for the COVID-19 era.
As rumors of possible shelter-in-place orders started to heat up a few weeks ago, the rush to the supermarket began and with it, a whole lot of panic-buying. Even those who’d steered clear of pasta or rice for decades found themselves standing on long lines, shopping carts filled to bursting with extra-long-shelf-life processed foods, sweets and carbs, carbs, carbs.
As the days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic grind on, millions of people continue to wrestle with isolation, uncertainty and stress, whether they’re directly affected by the virus or not. It’s a strain on both mental and physical health.