Caregiver Tips for Staying Physically & Mentally Fit while Being Stuck Inside
Since our world has been quarantined, there has never been a better time in life to stay physically and physically fit. Whether you are quarantined with your family, by yourself, or with a caregiver, there are steps you can take to stay healthy and keep your health a priority.
There are many activities that people have taken for granted through the years that are now temporarily banned. Thankfully, people can still get out and enjoy the beauty of nature by taking short drives or day trips.
Never before has taking a drive felt so freeing. It would seem that in light of this quarantine, we could all save with pay-as-you-go car insurance since our vehicles are sitting and collecting dust more than being driven.
Being a caregiver and being stuck inside can be difficult, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. After a while, you may run out of ideas for keeping your loved one active and fit. It may be too challenging to get your loved one out of the house for short drives or walks, and staying in is the only option.
Either way, there is no time like the present to learn ways to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. If you don’t have the luxury of hitting the road for a change in scenery, there are other ways that you can stay mentally and physically fit. Here are a few tips to consider.
How to Stay Mentally Fit
It is easy to become depressed due to feeling isolated and forgotten during the pandemic. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. We are all in this together and are all experiencing a similar experience during these quarantine days.
You may find yourself fearful about your health and the health of your loved ones. You may experience changes to your eating habits and sleeping habits. Excessive worry can lead to anxiety, which is leading people to excessive alcohol consumption, over-eating, and other negative coping skills.
As a caregiver, you may witness your loved one sinking into depression or being negatively affected by anxiety. You might feel powerless and want to do everything you can help but are running out of ideas.
While your primary focus right now is likely to prevent the spread of illness, and maintain their good physical health, learn to recognize the signs of mental decline. Work together to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle (as much as is possible during the COVID-19 pandemic).
Create a Tidy Environment
Keeping your home free of clutter is a simple way to avoid feeling overwhelmed. It is also a great way to keep your mind occupied on anything other than current events. Clutter leads to stress and anxiousness, which should be avoided.
Your physical surroundings are important to your mental health and can be a reflection of how you feel inside. So taking care of your emotional needs by straightening up or cleaning your home will give you the momentum to care for your physical needs.
Turn off the Television
The news is biased, no matter what channel you choose to watch. But every media outlet is portraying a “the sky is falling” scenario. The worst-case scenario is more prevalently reported than messages of hope and optimism.
The answer here is to simply turn it off. Limit your media intake to no more than thirty minutes daily and then step away from it.
Get Some Rest
Maintain a healthy sleep pattern. Keep up a routine. If you find that you are unable to fall asleep at a decent hour, implement a bedtime routine. Whatever relaxes you — reading a book, listening to music, meditating, taking a hot shower, or sitting by candlelight and staring into space — use these things to help prepare your body for sleep.
Train Your Brain
When you feel negative thoughts creep in, make a conscious effort to replace them with factual and positive thoughts. Choose to stay in the present moment, and don’t worry about the possibilities and what-ifs. Despite what the media is saying, there is still hope during this situation.
Worry is based on fear and is a stealer of joy. It is the quickest way to increase your anxiety and interfere with daily living activities. So keep your brain focused on living and not on fear.
Reach out to Other people
Make an effort to communicate with others. When feeling down, call someone you trust and talk. Reach out to a caregiver, a neighbor, or a family member, and just talk. They may need to hear from you just as much as you need to hear from them.
Strengthen Your Cognitive Abilities
Engage in activities that require you to think. Do crossword puzzles, work on jigsaw puzzles, or read a book. Do any activity that forces you to use your creativity and be logical. Learn to crochet, knit, or paint. Get creative and draw.
Anything that takes brainpower and concentration is good.
How to Stay Physically Fit
Being strong physically is essential at any age. Your physical well-being significantly impacts your emotional well-being and vice versa. The two must be aligned for overall good, healthful fitness.
Get some Sunshine
Vitamin D is necessary for our bodies. Sunlight is full of vitamin D and other healthy properties. On beautiful sunny days, sit outside and enjoy the breeze. Soak up the sun, but be careful not to stay out until the point of sunburn. Be safe and be smart when it comes to your time in the hot sun.
Eat Healthy Food
A well-balanced diet is necessary for your physical health. Food is fuel, and fuel is needed for brain power and muscle power. Limit sugar and avoid overindulging while being stuck inside.
Get up and get moving! Take a walk every day to get your motor running. You don’t have to walk like you are in a race, but get out and get the blood flowing. Don’t push your limits or exacerbate any underlying health issues in the process.
If taking a walk isn’t a possibility, use other fine motor skills. Do some household chores like folding laundry, polishing silver, watering plants, or preparing a small meal. The point is to get out of your seat. Even just walking around your house is beneficial.
Remove Hazards in the HOme
In-home safety is essential for maintaining physical health. Keep your environment free from things like tripping hazards. Area rugs are especially dangerous if you use a walker or cane.
Caregivers can help loved ones feel safe in their homes by removing clutter and making sure there is adequate lighting in every room.
Take a Cold Shower
As unpleasant as this may sound under normal circumstances, cold showers are great for the skin and staying hydrated. They definitely will wake you up, and they also relieve specific symptoms of illness. Cold water refreshes your skin and hair, and it helps you stay alert.
About the Author
Robyn Flint writes and researches for the auto insurance comparison and education site, AutoInsuranceEZ.com. She has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and has worked with children and families through outpatient counseling, therapeutic day treatment, and therapeutic foster care. Robyn is a freelance writer, published author, and business owner.
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