The first tip is to try and keep to the same routine.
By doing so, you’re much less likely to feel ‘out of sync’ with normal life. Get up at your usual time, get dressed, keep to your regular office hours if you’re teleworking, and above all, try to get enough sleep: remember that good quality sleep is widely-known to relieve stress and depression (1).
Maintaining a degree of continuity in this way will stop you from feeling overwhelmed and help keep your spirits up.
At present, some people are still going to their place of work (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, supermarket and bank employees, labourers, laundry and garage workers …), some are confined to home unable to work, while others have had to switch to teleworking (also called ‘home office’).
If you’re in the latter category, try and ensure you have a clearly-defined work space as it will help you separate your professional life from your private one. You’ll also be more effective in your work tasks, and more relaxed when you switch off.
Even when quarantined, it’s important to remain physically active! Exercise helps to both improve the antipathogenic activity of macrophages and stimulate circulation of immunoglobulins, neutrophils and NK cells. (2)
You can opt for indoor workouts (press-ups, step aerobics, exercise bikes, weights …) or outdoor activities (walking, running, cycling ...) It depends on the country, but generally speaking, you’re still allowed to exercise on your own in parks or in forests as long as you keep at least 2 meters away from anyone else.
When you find yourself cut off from other people, it’s not unnatural for your thoughts to go round and round in circles and for psychosomatic symptoms to develop. We all become much less rational when we’re isolated.
Fortunately, all you need is a smartphone, an internet connection and the right app (Skype, WhatsApp, Messenger, FaceTime...) to make video calls and maintain social relations. These digital tools can significantly reduce the challenges posed by ‘social distancing’, help you keep some perspective on the situation and be mutually uplifting to you and your friends and family. All without contaminating anyone. What’s more, these highly popular apps are all free.
Remote access to a health professional is also possible via video calls!
You may find yourself having to cook more, but having a break from your perhaps usual sandwiches or fast food could well be beneficial! It’s the perfect opportunity to improve your eating habits by opting for a varied, balanced diet. Not to mention the fact that numerous nutrients play a crucial role in strengthening your body’s immune defenses, and will thus boost your protection from infections.
As always, we particularly recommend increasing your intake of:
And of course cooking can be one of the most enjoyable creative and recreational activities! Finally, make sure you have your water bottle or flask to hand and remember to drink plenty of fluid to maintain good levels of hydration.
There can’t be many of us stuck in quarantine who haven’t got at least one particular job that needs doing. This is the perfect time to start ‘ticking off’ all those annoying little tasks that you never seem to have time to do. Finally, there’s a chance to:
Having to stay indoors also provides an opportunity to enjoy some good films at home, or binge-watch some exciting new series. Or how about discovering some new music and reading (or re-reading) a good book?
Confinement also gives you the chance to learn something new. Choose a Youtube tutorial or a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course, universally-accessible on-line training) on an activity that interests you and you could be using this time to throw yourself into learning computer programming, Portuguese, music theory or mechanics …
If you’re a culture-vulture, you can also visit museums online:
As discussed, the inability to do as you please, coupled with a relative lack of human interaction, inevitably has psychological consequences and can result in a certain amount of anxiety. This is entirely natural and there are simple ways of dealing with it.
For example, you could learn the art of meditation or yoga. Re-educate yourself by practising breathing techniques and/or adopting postures that are good for your body. (7)
And while it’s important not to cut yourself off from the world ... it’s also sensible to switch off the news from time to time so that you don’t become overwhelmed by the constant flow of negativity which is ultimately damaging to health. Refocus on your daily life or future projects … and above all, relax. These supplements can help you to de-stress: AFA Extract, Gaba and Peptidea®.
An important reminder. Don’t forget to religiously follow the hygiene rules announced at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis:
Being confined to home can also be an opportunity to do a thorough house-clean. Think about regularly airing rooms and every now and again, disinfect door handles, toilets and even your smartphone, a veritable breeding ground for germs, taking care not to damage your touch screen.
For those who also want to ‘deep clean’ their body, opt for nutritional supplements specifically formulated to boost immunity, such as:
If you have young children at home and you’re trying to keep them occupied in these challenging times:
We’d again recommend keeping to a schedule based on a normal school day: make sure your children get dressed rather than letting them stay in their pyjamas, ‘home-school’ them for part of the day, and give them recreation time, etc. Try not to just give orders all the time - instead keep a sense of playfulness so that these extended, ‘hemmed-in’ days are as stress-free as possible.
Of course, it’s also an opportunity for your little ones to:
Do you have teenagers? Try to let them have some time to themselves. At this age, being deprived of your freedom is even harder to bear.
Happy lockdown everyone!
We at SuperSmart would also like to take this opportunity to send our warmest wishes to all the healthcare professionals battling this virus, as well as to all those currently suffering from COVID-19.
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