How I've Been Staying Healthy During Quarantine
By Kainani Ho @kainanidanielle
Well, what a year this has turned out to be so far...
This pandemic was something none of us could've expected and it took a while to adjust, heck, some of us haven't been able to wrap our heads around this whole situation. When it comes to quarantine, it's so easy to fall out of your ways and feel defeated and that is no good for your mental or physical health. I'm here to remind you that your health is your wealth and you being in top-shape is what's essential for getting you through this global shift. With that being said, I'd like to share the ways I've been taking care of myself throughout quarantine, most importantly, how I managed to maintain good health and keep myself safe.
Let's start off with mental health, without the right mindset, it'll be hard to bring yourself to do anything, let alone care for yourself during a time like this. Understand that there is too much happening right now that is out of your control, and although these things may put a damper on your mood, it can only add stress to your life if you allow it. Remember that we are all going through this together, you aren't the only one feeling attacked, punished, confused or scared.
Learn to let go of anything that isn't of service to you anymore. Your energy is sacred. Take this gift of time to focus your energy on the things that make you happy, the things that you want for yourself and the people you care for most. Dedicate this time to self-healing and growth. Having a strong sense of self and placing yourself in the right headspace will allow you to fully be present in the moment and work towards the goals you want to achieve.
Your environment plays a greater roll in our overall well-being than you'd think. Our internal environment often reflects our external environment. If you find that you always have a million things running through your mind and you are easily distracted, take a look at your space. Tidying up and putting things away will lessen the amount of things you can distract yourself with. Clean up the area around you so you aren't constantly concerned about cleaning it later, and allow space for the things that are pleasurable to look at and motivate you. This will also make it easier to disinfect and sanitize your area to prevent the spread of germs/bacteria.
Food and water are medicine for the body and have a huge effect on your health. There's so much to learn about nutrition, so during quarantine, I've been educating myself on food/diet. I've been diving into the healing benefits of certain foods and have been consuming more antioxidant rich food and drinks to flush out toxins and fight potentially damaging free-radicals in the body. Experiment with cooking and expose yourself to a new cuisine or variety of foods in order to see what settles with you and what doesn't. Not one person on this earth is the same, we are all of a unique composition so what works for someone else may not work for you. I personally follow a plant-based diet and try to make sure my meals consist of a diverse array of ingredients to keep it exciting and ensure I'm providing myself with all of the nutrients I need.
Water as we all know is the vital life source of all existence. About three-quarters of the human body is water and it's essential in order for us to properly function. It's no surprise that many health issues and diseases are linked to dehydration. Just before lockdown started here in Hawaii, I decided to invest in a Kangen water machine which is the most beneficial thing I could have done for my health. I further educated myself on the topic of drinking water and proper hydration and my mind was blown. Kangen water does wonders for your immune system and is rich in antioxidants.
Fun Fact: It would take FIVE POUNDS of blueberries to equal the amount of antioxidants in just ONE GLASS of Kangen water - isn't that insane?!
Overall message when it comes to nutrition: take care of your body and in turn it will take care of you. Focus on nurturing yourself and enabling your bodily systems to function an its best. If you don't make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness.
I can't stress enough how important it is to get your body moving! Incorporating physical exercise into your everyday life will help you maintain or get into good shape, increase blood flow and even improve mental health. This time at home stripped me of all and any excuses I would normally make for myself. After establishing a solid workout schedule, I've felt healthier and more confidant. It can be tough to feel motivated to workout, but you have to remember that getting exercise doesn't always mean a day of weight training or long distance runs. Following a particular workout routine doesn't always appeal to everyone. If that's the case, just take a step back and focus on moving your body every day. Here in Hawaii. we are so blessed with such a beautiful home that offers so much and I always find that I feel my best when surrounded by nature so I like to exercise outdoors.
These are some simple ways to get your blood flowing daily:
• Go for a stroll, walk, run or bike and appreciate the scenery.
• Take that hike you've been dying to do (be sure to have a hiking buddy to be safe and have some good company).
• Beach day! Swim, dive, surf or whatever floats your boat!
• Find the perfect yoga routine and find some time in the morning/evening and get into that flow.
• If you're into sports, get outside and shoot some hoops or volley that ball to channel that competitive energy within you.
• Have kids? Or perhaps a dog? Either will do. Spend some time being active and playing outside with them, you'll surely feel the heat while having fun.
• Whatever your favorite form of physical activity, outdoor hobbies, etc. - do more of it!
We are encouraged to take protective measures to limit the spread of bacteria and viruses. Cleanliness is key to keeping you safe and to prevent the possibility of exposure to COVID-19. Social distancing rules/regulations are a good way to prevent potential interactions with anyone who may have the virus or any contagious germs and it is so important that do our part in preventing the amount of cases that we have. Here are some of the ways I've been protecting myself from COVID-19...
• Anytime I enter my car, I always make sure to spray a homemade, chemical-free disinfectant all over my vehicle to clear the air and ensure all of the areas that I generally come into contact with are free of germs so that it doesn't find its way into my house.
• Try not to touch a lot of things when you're out and always sanitize and wash your hands so that you prevent potential contamination. Furthermore, refrain from touching your face because if any type of bacteria is going to enter your body, it's most likely going to enter through the eyes, nose or mouth.
• Get into the habit of cleaning your groceries and produce before storing them to prevent potential contamination.
• Another thing to consider are the small tangible items that we always have on us. Items such as your keys, wallet/charge cards and especially your phone which is always with you when you're out and handles most often - so keep those clean as well!
*If you are feeling unwell or are showing symptoms of sickness; stay home and take care of yourself, minimize your contact with others and go to the doctor's office or hospital only if needed.
This has been a strange transition for us all and who knows how long it will be before things really return to how it was. I encourage you to get comfortable in this transition, establish a new routine and take care of yourself. You are blessed with an able body, good health and the capability to achieve so much in this world. So put yourself and your health above all things and life will be a brighter journey for you, even during this pandemic.
"Putting yourself first is not selfish. Quite the opposite. You must put your happiness and health first before you can be of help to anyone else." - Simon Sinek