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By Mamta Patel, MD
America is moving toward a new normal as we battle the COVID 19 pandemic. Some of my patients have asked me how they can maintain their health during this time. These are my top ten tips for staying healthy while staying at home.
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Stick to a Routine
Though you are staying at home, be sure to maintain a routine. Keep regular sleep and wake-up schedules. Set a regular time for meals. Plan your routine ahead of time to structure your day.
Healthy, well-balanced meals will help you feel your best. Consume foods rich in protein and include more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Online tools can help you track calories and macronutrients.
Practice Mindful Eating
Try not to eat out of boredom. Stick to regular mealtimes.
Drink plenty of water. Avoid excessive caffeine, sugary beverages, and soda.
Now is the time to use meditation, deep breathing exercises, and yoga to help minimize anxiety.
Get Enough Sleep
Use this time to develop good “sleep hygiene.” Go to bed at the same time every night. Put down your phone before bed to avoid stimulation.
Start out slow and then build on it. Be creative with your workout. Attempt virtual workouts with friends and use online resources for exercise.
Take a walk outside when you’re bored. Explore outdoors. Appreciate nature.
Wash Hands Frequently
Handwashing is critical during this unprecedented time.
Ask for Help
If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, ask for help. You are not alone. There are lot of resources available through UPMC. Visit UPMC.com/COVID19 to stay up to date.
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