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COVID-19: What is important now to stay healthy

COVID-19: is there anything you can do to prevent it?

Every day there are countless new horror reports on the subject of coronavirus. This can lead to us feeling helpless in the face of the threat posed by the new disease. However, there are some concrete things we can do now to stay physically and mentally healthy. Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, a family medicine doctor at the prestigious Mayo Clinic, shares her tips.

Concrete tips from the expert

In an interview published yesterday by the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Elizabeth Cozine Four Things One Should Take Now to Get Through the COVID-19 Pandemic Healthy. Accordingly, exercise, sleep, meditation and nutrition are the most important health "adjusting screws" that we can turn.

Tip 1: exercise

When it comes to movement, Dr. Cozine between movement within your own four walls and movement outdoors. Although fitness centers have closed due to the pandemic, there are enough options to get active at home:

“If you have any type of exercise equipment that has built up dust in a corner, dust it off. Hop on a treadmill, bike, whatever. Something really cool that's happening right now as part of this social distancing reaction is that a lot of app-based programs that are usually paid for are now offering free trials - for about 90 days - so give it a try, " recommends Elizabeth Cozine.

Walks in the fresh air are another great way we can get the necessary dose of exercise now. Dr. Cozine: “You have to distance yourself from your friends and family, which is difficult, but you are welcome to take your children and spouse with you. If you meet a friend - maybe a neighbor - for a walk, keep a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters. But go outside. "

Tip 2: sleep

The body regenerates during sleep. We urgently need this break to recharge our batteries. Healing processes also take place during sleep. According to Dr. It is important to Elizabeth Cozine to practice "good sleep hygiene":

“Try to go to bed at the same time every night, you may sleep a little longer than usual because you don't rush to get to the office. And try to get between seven and nine hours of sleep, which is what most adults need, and make that a regular part of your day. "

Tip 3: meditation

The third tip from Dr. Elizabeth Cozine, to get through the crisis well and healthy, is meditation. Meditating regularly can improve sleep and help you cope better with anxiety and stress.

“I've found that it helps me turn off the hamster wheels of thoughts that are rolling in my brain, and it also helps me prepare for the next step. I'm not talking about practicing zen for three hours, sitting cross-legged thinking about - I don't know - a desert or something. I'm talking about maybe five minutes in which you just switch off for a moment. You could do this at your desk. Go somewhere quiet. "

Tip 4: diet

A healthy diet is one of the foundations of our health. It is of course always important, but during the COVID-19 pandemic it is even more urgent to ensure a good and balanced diet.

Most people now have more time than usual. At the same time, there are fewer opportunities to eat out due to the strict social contacts and restaurant closings. Dr. Elizabeth Cozine sees this as a great way to make some dietary improvements if needed. This could have a positive effect on the state of health.

In stressful times, however, you shouldn't make too many changes that are too big at once. The specific tips on nutrition from Dr. Cozines are as follows:

"You might think about doing some things like eating more whole foods, thinking about less meat (dishes), cutting down on processed foods, and thinking about eating as many plants as possible."

Important instructions

The most important thing to avoid infection is social distance, i.e. limiting social contacts to the necessary minimum. You should also keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people, for example when shopping. Coughing and sneezing into the crook of your arm and regular, thorough hand washing are also essential to contain the spread of the virus.

The tips from the expert mentioned in this article can also help you get through the crisis healthy. If you would like to further strengthen your immune system in a targeted manner, you will find information on this in our article “Strengthening the immune system - The best tips for a strong defense”. (kh)

Author and source information

This text complies with the requirements of specialist medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical professionals.

Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
  • Stiepan, DeeDee: COVID-19: Eating, moving and meditating are keys to staying healthy, (published March 24, 2020), Mayo Clinic

Important NOTE:
This article is for general guidance only and is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. He can not substitute a visit at the doctor.