The COVID-19 has changed the world in ways one cannot even imagine. There’s a reason why people now talk about the world in two phases - the pre and post covid phase. The pandemic has forced people to change their way of living and stop taking their immune system, physical and mental health for granted. We all had to adapt to a few permanent life-changing habits in order to survive. Now, almost two years into the pandemic, we cannot imagine our lives without these customary lifestyle changes. So what are these habits? Let us look at them in detail.
What Are Some of the Post COVID-19 Habits?
Some of the most prominent life changing habits that you should adopt post the pandemic are as follows:
1. Being mindful about the things you touch
To say that most people have become germaphobes courtesy of the pandemic wouldn’t be a gross exaggeration. We are always touching things from the time we wake up to the time we hit the bed at night. Prior to the pandemic, we seldom paid attention to the number of times we washed our hands during the day. Simple reason being: we didn’t care enough! However, the pandemic has taught us the price of not keeping our hands clean. We need to ensure our hands are clean and free of dirt/germs before we touch our face, eyes, or ears so as to prevent us from getting the viral infection or any other contagious disease. Washing our hands everytime we touch something, for instance a cart at the grocery store or a pen at the bank, will help us keep our hands spotless and tidy.
2. Always carry a hand sanitizer
Another habit we all got used to is carrying the hand sanitizer in our bag/pocket everytime we stepped out of the house. While washing your hands with soap and water is anyday a better option, there are moments when you may not have an easy access to it. That is why it’s important that you carry a hand sanitizer with you all the time. However, it’s important to note that not all hand sanitizers are created equal. If your hand sanitizer contains less than 60 percent of alcohol, it may not be able to effectively kill all kinds of germs. Another thing you may need to keep an eye out for is sanitizers with benzalkonium chloride, which is not recommended for use by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Your sanitizer must be alcohol-based and always handy. This is definitely a habit that’s here to stay.
3. Always wear a mask
A mask is an essential accessory in the post Covid era. It is the protective cover necessary to keep you away from contracting germs and falling sick. Nowadays all sorts of masks are available. Always having one handy is definitely one of the permanent life-changing habits that one has to adopt in order to prevent oneself from falling sick. It is also very important that you wash these masks frequently. How often you wash your face mask simply depends on the number of times you wear it. However, to be safe, it is advisable to have 2-3 masks handy so that you wash them once every two days.
4. Eating healthy and meeting your body’s nutritional requirements
In the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the need to develop a robust immune system has perhaps become even more pertinent than before. While no foods or dietary supplements can prevent or cure COVID-19 infection, healthy diets are essential and imperative for strengthening your immune system. Immunity boosters will definitely improve your immunity response to the infectious virus, helping your body best fight the virus.
There are natural immunity boosters that include citrus fruits, cruciferous and green leafy vegetables, probiotics, seafood, poultry, seeds and nuts, legumes and pulses, herbs and spices. Some others that improve immunity include, Vitamin C, D, A, E, K, B-complex, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, and antioxidants.
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Research studies show that a person suffering from vitamin D deficiency is likely to experience more severe symptoms of coronavirus than those whose vitamin D levels are within a healthy range. The antiinflammatory effects of vitamin D tends to bolster the body’s immune response to the virus. Due to the lockdown, many people are experiencing a vitamin D deficiency - with sunlight being the primary source of the micronutrient. In that case, it is important that you include foods and supplements that are rich in this vitamin in your diet. You can try out Wellbeing Nutrition's vitamin D3 Melts that are formulated using natural ingredients that are a safe and steady source of the vitamin. It contains specially sourced organic plants called lichen (which naturally stores vitamin D3), coconut oil, pure vitamin K2 extracted from fermented chickpeas, and astaxanthin (an important antioxidant).
5. Exercising regularly
Physical activity is another example of immunity boosters that help the body to become strong enough to keep bacteria, virus, and other disease-causing pathogens at bay. There’s enough and more scientific evidence out there that proves how a daily exercise regime along with a healthy diet helps the body maintain a healthy body weight, build a strong immune system, reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart ailments, diabetes and even cancer at bay by regulating healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels and lessening the free radical activity in the body that causes cellular damage and serious ailments.
The lockdown taught us how to exercise at home, using simple equipment thereby proving that the ability to exercise has got more to do with one’s willpower and not one’s access to a gym. Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day is an important habit to adapt, which will definitely help in the long run in maintaining a healthy body and mind.
6. Taking care of your mental health
To say that the pandemic made us realize the importance of mental health would be an understatement. Social distancing brought with it a plethora of mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, social anxiety, and the like. Needless to say, we came up with different ways to calm our nerves, such as meditation, yoga, cardiovascular exercises, eating scientifically-proven mood-boosting foods like dark chocolate, berries, and the like, working on improving our sleep quality, undergoing therapy, among other things. Taking care of our mental health has emerged as one of the biggest and most important habits in the post covid era. Sometimes, we could be experiencing listlessness, low energy levels, mental fog, and other mental health issues because of some micronutrient deficiencies in the body as well. Lack of sleep can be a major contributing factor to irritability and mood swings.
If you are someone who finds it difficult to fall asleep, you can try out Wellbeing Nutrition’s Restful Sleep Melts. It has been formulated to aid the natural process of the body to fall asleep and contains plant-based melatonin, which consists of Asian rice, Alfalfa, the leaves and roots of Chlorella Pyrenoidosa, along with other important nutrients like chamomile, l-theanine, passion flower, valerian root, and vitamin B-6, to support the body in being more receptive to melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Life as we know it has changed drastically over the last year. We needed to create systems and habits to survive this pandemic and while there seems to be no end in sight, it's important that we stick with these life-changing customs for generations to come in order to lead a healthier and happier life.
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