It seems like all everyone is talking about these days is the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing and self-isolation restrictions by which we all have to abide to stop the spread. This unprecedented event has seen our whole country put into lockdown, and all of us advised to practice “social distancing” measures like working from home and only going out for food and essential supplies. At Executive Escapes, we are a fully accredited tourism business offering a portfolio of over 70 short term accommodation and holiday apartments in Perth. Our team is passionate about Perth tourism and we are devastated to see the impact this virus has had not just on our industry, but all businesses Australia-wide. While travel restrictions are in place, don’t let isolation get the better of your physical and mental health. With these easy-to-follow tips you can keep your mind and body healthy until life is back to normal.
Stick to a Routine
While you may not be able to stick to your normal daily routine of leaving the house, going shopping, meeting friends and doing your usual physical activities, try to create an adapted routine at home which includes alternative ways to keep active. Stick to getting up at the same time every day, doing a morning workout, taking a shower and making breakfast before you begin the day ahead. If working from home, make sure you get up from your chair at least every 30 minutes and try flexing and rotating your legs to help maintain good blood circulation. There are many studies that back up the benefits of a routine on physical and mental health so changing your routine to fit in with new isolation restrictions can help dramatically.
Stretch or Practice Yoga
Moderate stretching or yoga style movement will help avoid stiff joints and maintain good blood circulation. While there are many different types of yoga, there are hundreds of free tutorials available to stream online so try to find one that is simple and easy to follow. Regularly practicing yoga can help improve heart health and reduce risk factors for heart disease. It also helps to reduce stress and anxiety, which let’s face it, we could all do with a little Zen right now. Whether you have a bit of a stretch on the floor or set aside half an hour every day to do a guided yoga routine, simple activity like this can have significant impact on your short and long term health.
Work Out in Your Living Room
There are literally thousands of workout programs online, many of which are free of charge. Most are tailored for different ages and abilities, so there’s no need to feel overwhelmed or like you don’t know which one to choose. Many workout programs use exercise equipment, but there are many things you can use around the house as a substitute. Don’t have weights? Use tinned food, bottled water or even a small child! Physical activity can boost self-esteem, improve your mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reduce your risk of stress, depression and chronic diseases.
Keep The Mind Active
As well as staying physically active, keeping mentally active is also vital. Maintain mental positivity and sharpness by watching quiz based television shows, attempting a crossword or Sudoku or using brain training programmes or apps online. Keeping your mind active can be especially important for people struggling with the lack of visitors or family nearby at this time.
Eat a Healthy Diet
It might be tempting to binge on takeaway and comfort foods when you are stuck at home and away from people for a long period of time, but it’s important to remember the foods you eat have big effects on your health and quality of life. A good diet can improve all aspects of life, from brain function to physical performance so ensure you focus on including the five major food groups in your diet – vegetables, fruit, grains, lean meat and dairy. Limit processed foods, sugar and avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Above all, stock your pantry and fridge with healthy ingredients that are quick to prepare and easy to cook to stop you over-ordering unhealthy takeaway foods.
While we have no control over COVID-19 or over how long social distancing and isolation restrictions will be in place, we do have control over how we handle the situation and how we keep ourselves in the best shape possible for our eventual return to normal life. For information about holiday apartments in Perth or for any enquiries you may have about Perth accommodation, get in touch with our team today. We are still here to help and look forward to welcoming you in the future.