Settle in, pull up your favourite comfy chair, we’re going to be here from some time. I’ve been staring out the same window watching the pigeons in the tree opposite as it slowly unfurls its leaves and welcomes the warm sunlight of Spring.
If you’re still questioning just how serious the COVID-19 pandemic is and why most of the world is in lockdown right now, watch this video, I’ll be waiting for you when you come back, I don’t have anywhere else to go.
This is not going away anytime soon and we have to learn to live in isolation, whether that’s alone or in close proximity to a small group of family and friends. If you’re lucky you’ve got a garden, a private space to get outside, but for many, we’re cooped up in a small apartment.
We’re a social species, spending time and interacting with others is vital to both our mental and physical health, and while we do spend 90% of our time indoors, we cherish the time we spend outside, breathing the fresh air, enjoying all the beautiful benefits that the natural world gives us.
I’ve put together a little guide to help us all get through this in one piece. It’s not going to be an easy couple of months, but we will come out the other side, and perhaps we might just be a little kinder, more compassionate, and smarter for it.
It’s important to keep the body moving, as much for getting some endorphins dumped into the brain, as it is for your muscles, ligaments, and joints.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), then don’t do anything that is going to stress your lungs. Rest until you’re feeling better.
- Find regular workouts to do. On Monday 23rd we’ll be launching daily workouts with leading personal trainers from around the world which you can follow along at home to keep you moving and fit. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
- If you’re into yoga, then Camille Vidal has daily follow along routines on her Instagram channel
- Morning Stretches to keep your body limber and supple are great. This is my favourite morning routine – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cacwri2wio4
What better time than to practice your cooking at home and get some tasty food. There are plenty of great channels on YouTube with great chefs and I’m sure you have more than 1 cook book at home.
- The Happy Pear boys have some delicious, easy to follow recipes, and their boundless enthusiasm might just put a smile on your face too
- HosPro – Maintaining a healthy immune system is vital, and supplements can help. Check out this supplement that’s aimed squarely at the hospitality industry
- If you love cooking, why not cook for others who are quarantined and run a home delivery service? I’ve personally been using this service whilst I recover and Lewis Thomson is an excellent cook!
Undoubtedly the hardest part of this pandemic for those that don’t contract the virus is the social isolation and anxiety, stress, and other issues that come along with the uncertainty of the current situation. It’s completely understandable to be terrified for your financial future, for your family’s health, for your personal safety.
- Russel Brand has some sage words of advice and this video is well worth a watch
- If you’re struggling find your local Mental Health charity and
- Meditation can be a huge support mechanism at times like this. Try this 21day meditation challenge – f
- Check out the Campaign Against Living Miserably – https://www.thecalmzone.net/
Just like the apes from which we evolved, we are a social species, and require interaction with other humans. For an increasing number of us, that has been taken away. Find virtual connections, reconnect with long lost friends, and let’s remember that we’re one big family.
- Download House Party to your phone – https://app.houseparty.com/login – You can find me @gingerbitters
- Use Facetime/Skype/WhatsApp to video and check in with friends and family
- Be kind and reach out to your friends who you know are struggling. This is a time to rekindle old friendships, talk about nothing-in-particular over the phone, and post silly images of each other over Instagram stories
Work is shutting down and you may find yourself with a lot of time on your hands. Sure, binge some Netflix, spend too much time on Twitter, and check out what the rest of the world is doing on Instagram, but perhaps use some of that time to educate yourself. There are plenty of online resources out there:
- Take advantage of these free courses from top universities – https://www.edx.org/
- Brilliant.org a platform with thousands of online courses used by 8 million people. Free trial at the moment. – https://brilliant.org
- The BEAT (Pernod Ricard UK) are running live training’s on their Instagram – https://instagram.com/prukbeat
- Learn a language with Duolingo
If we’re going to spend the next couple of months indoors, it’s important to focus on air quality inside the house. It’s common for air quality indoors to be worse than outdoors, so anything we can do to improve our air indoors is going to have health benefits.
- Where possible, open the windows and let fresh air in
- Get as many plants in your house as possible, they not only filter the air and provide an oxygen boost, they can help with your mental health as well.
- This is one my favourite TedTalks where Kamal Meattle talks about growing fresh air indoors
These are unusual, difficult times and we have no precedent in our lifetime. They will pass, this is temporary, and we will return to normal, although it will be a different kind of normal. And here’s a bit of foot tapping happiness from Pharrel to put a smile on your face.
Be kind, be compassionate, look out for each other and those more vulnerable, and please reach out to use at Healthy Hospo if you need any help with anything.