Binge-watching, access to unlimited snacks and the refrigerator has promoted us to stress eat our way down through this lockdown. We tend to believe the fact that eating and watching TV relentlessly can bring calamity and solves boredom for us. Well, it does kill the boredom temporarily but has a downside to it too i.e. poor sleep and weight gain.
In times like this when we are striving to make our immunity strong by staying at home, having ample sleep and eating healthy we cannot afford to gain weight and be sleep deprived. Maintaining weight and sleep is as crucial for our lives as it was never before the outbreak of this virus. To keep yourself healthy during this lockdown we have a few tips:
Structure Your Day According to Your Office Routine:
It’s good that many of us still have work to do; courtesy of modern technology. Remote working provides us a great opportunity to keep our routines aligned as they were back in the normal days. It certainly holds the potential to keeps us away from eating like crazy and enervates our mind enough to get a good night’s sleep.
Maintain Sleep Hygiene:
Quality sleep is important to strengthen the immune system. During sleep, the body releases proteins called cytokines. Cytokines help you combat infections, inflammation, and stress. People who sleep for eight to nine hours a day are less likely to catch infections compared to those who sleep for four to five hours. Maintaining good personal and bed hygiene can allow you to have a sound slumber that heals you from inside and improves your immune system. Here are a few little things you can do to sleep better:
- Take a hot bath before sleeping
- Use clean sheets. Put some drops of lavender oil on your pillow to sleep better.
- Use a conforming pillow that provides the right support to your neck and shoulders.
- Try not to take any caffeine after 3 p.m.
- Stretching before going to bed also allows you to have quality sleep.
Improve Immune Response System with Sleep:
T-cells a type of lymphocyte, crucial for the immune response system. According to researchers, adequate sleep not only improves the production of t-cells but also aids T-cells in combating against body infections. These cells fight intracellular pathogens such as flu, herpes, cancer cells, etc. making the body disinfect all the viruses itself. At this time when we all are challenged by a pandemic; we need to take care of our immune system by sleeping adequately and eating healthy.
A healthy dessert is one that certainly increases calories but just psychologically. How can we do it? After eating every meal, wait for about twenty minutes- indulge yourself in doing something such as meditating, watching a show or some other work. After those twenty minutes, you won’t feel the need for a dessert unless you’re super hungry because usually after twenty minutes of a meal your body recognizes that you’re full.
Find an innovative way to manage panic:
Try finding yourself an innovative solution to deal with panic that doesn’t involve any food. Well, you can write a journal, connect with long lost friends, read a nice book and dwell into history (if it interests you), paint, or try DIY-ing at home.
So, during this lock down take care of your sleeping and eating habits to prepare your body to fight against the pathogens naturally. Invest in your health, strength, and prosperity. Develop a healthy routine, discipline yourself in a way that even after beating corona successfully you stay organized.