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.
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.
As quarantining has continued over the past few weeks, I’ve found inspiration in Albert Einstein’s famous quote: “in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.” When it comes to our wellness, these times have given us the opportunity to put our everyday concerns on pause and rededicate ourselves to building healthy routines and habits (or upgrading our existing ones).
Although it already feels far longer than just a few weeks, our new shelter-at-home lifestyle is still a shock to the system. For families not accustomed to 24/7 togetherness, the mental and emotional strains are significant, even as live-in companionship keeps loneliness at bay. But for those who live by themselves, finding connection in this age of social and physical distancing is more challenging than ever.
February is a great time to pamper yourself. One of the most pleasurable and healthy ways to do it is by hitting the sauna, specifically, the infrared sauna – the still slightly under-the-radar mind and body health elixir that we all should be doing this winter and beyond.