There is a phrase that says “every crisis is an opportunity”. We know that these are very hard times. But we also believe that we are facing a collective challenge to change some of the dynamics that had been integrated into our lives and that were not positive.
Since the COVID-19 crisis has begun, we have seen pollution decrease, as there are species that repopulate places and the waters are cleaned. The planet has asked us to return to the essential: connecting with ourselves, with our families and with nature. Being more aware that health, family and friends are the most important thing and that living in a hectic pace ends up not contributing.
The potential physical and psychological consequences include weight gain, anxiety, depression, aggressiveness, as well as a decrease in productivity. Nevertheless, there are a few simple tips and within everyone’s reach that will help you keep a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Here are a most of the tips recommended by the experts to reconcile the respect of the rules of hygiene, confinement, teleworking, family, and well-being.
- Establish a routine with a set time for getting up, going to bed and eating.
- Define working time and break times.
- Maintain the usual routine. Do not stay in pyjamas all day. Take care of yourself, you may finally have time to do so.
- Eat meals with family, essential moments of sharing.
- Set aside a time in the morning and evening to watch the news and then restrict the media.
- Do not eat in front of the screen but take time for your meals and enjoy the moment.
- Avoid snacking and, above all, keep yourself well hydrated by drinking enough fluids.
- Discover new recipes with what you have in your fridge. This is to avoid food waste and the risk of contagion by going out often for shopping.
- Take time to cook together with family if possible.
- Remember to eat healthy, balanced and seasonal food.
- If you have to order, do so from restaurateurs who respect safety and hygiene instructions to limit the spread of Corona-virus. And also do something for the environment by asking for reusable packaging.
- Define spaces dedicated to specific activities: telework, sport, common areas, etc.
- Rearrange rooms to create spaces that allow us to circulate better. For example, we can remove certain objects from the rooms.
- Everyone should be able to find their own space and should be able to isolate themselves if they feel the need to do so.
- Try to keep your home tidy and clean for the comfort and health of all.
- Take breaks during the day to stretch, move your joints, etc.
- Ventilate the rooms well every morning and evening.
- Many yoga and fitness instructors have created small group distance learning classes. You can also find online courses for beginners or children.
- Spring being here; take the opportunity to garden and work on your organic vegetable garden, if you have the possibility.
- Continue to talk with family and friends by phone or videoconference to make the exchange more lively while remaining reasonable; be careful of waves that in the long term could have harmful effects on your health, and not to contribute to overloading the network.
- Write family letters for loved ones, especially those who do not have access to the Internet and software for remote communication.
- You can no longer chat with your neighbours directly, but you can put little words in the mailbox and, if you have balconies, you can make an appointment at a fixed time to go to the balcony and chat while keeping your distance.
- Get back in touch with friends you haven’t heard from for a while and maybe you didn’t have time to contact them again.
- Do-it-yourself with recycled material.
- Treasure hunt in the apartment.
- Daily or weekly challenge. For example book challenge: choose a book that is accessible to most members of your family, everyone reads it and then everyone discusses what they think about it.
Indulge yourself by (finally) taking the time to learn something you’ve wanted for a long time. For example: sustainability courses, online cooking classes, taking back your musical instrument, etc.
Watching artist videos. They open up an imaginary world for you and you can learn a lot of tricks from these masters. Sometimes they sell the paintings created during these videos so you can support an artist near you and have a nice souvenir! Example: the videos of Lionel Bourquin, an artist from Vaud (Switzerland) who puts one every day.