Zen Kokyū, or Zen Breathing encourages us to be more mindful of our breathing, and can be used as a tool to improve our health and wellbeing.

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Tips for Staying Healthy during Covid-19

In just a few months, the global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has dramatically changed the lives of people across the world.

Millions have been forced to self-quarantine indefinitely, as the pandemic has evolved into one that is unpredictable and difficult to comprehend. Although there is little we can do to control the current situation, there are small steps we can take to cope during this period. For example, it’s never been more important to prioritise both our physical and mental wellbeing in this time of adversity.

We can all maintain our physical health by practicing social distancing, staying at home and following the government’s recommendations related to good hygiene. It is also important that we take care of our mental wellbeing to reduce anxiety and depressive tendencies, as prolonged social isolation can take a significant toll on our mental health. Here are a few ways you can take care of yourself during these difficult times:

Start the day early and active.

Although it may be difficult at first, following a morning routine allows you to get the most out of your day. If you are working from home, this simple habit encourages you to be more productive, and will get you in the mindset to complete any necessary tasks. Furthermore, keeping  a routine can help alleviate anxiety and stress. It allows you to maintain a sense of normality, and set proper boundaries between life and work.

We recommend starting your day by doing some light stretches, or simply fixing your bed. Performing these simple tasks can boost your mood, and motivate you to complete the rest of your daily activities.

Take regular breaks.

When you work from home, it often becomes easy to lose track of time. If you’re not careful, this can negatively impact your mental health, as overworking yourself can cause health issues such as burnout and increased stress levels.

For this reason, it’s important that you remember to take breaks throughout your workday. Even if you can’t leave home, simply turning off your computer and taking a few minutes to meditate can do wonders to clear your head.

Maintain a healthy diet.

During lockdown, it’s more important than ever to pay attention to our eating habits. Being in close proximity to the fridge makes it easy to snack impulsively, and start binge eating on unhealthy foods. Before you know it, you might realise you’ve gained a few pounds in isolation!

In order to avoid weight gain and associated health problems, make sure you set proper meal times throughout the day. Doing so allows you to become mindful of what you’re eating, and helps you stay satisfied throughout the day. We also recommend stocking up on nutritious, healthy snack foods, that you won’t regret eating when the cravings are too strong to resist.

Exercise regularly.

At home, it’s easy to fall into a rut of sitting for long periods of time. For this reason it’s important to get at least half an hour of physical activity everyday, in order to maintain your immune system and overall health.

If your government allows for it, go for a walk around your neighbourhood to get your blood pumping, and get some much-needed fresh air. Alternatively, there are plenty of ways you can stay active within your home or backyard. Try your hand at some at-home workout videos, or sign up to an online exercise program to get motivated.

Practice Zen Breathing.

During these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to stay calm, and keep our spirits up. This can be achieved through Zen Breathing, a traditional Japanese technique that helps you focus on yourself and find inner peace.

Just by concentrating on your breathing for a few minutes each day, you’ll instantly feel more relaxed. This simple habit also makes it easier to connect your body and mind, and can work wonders for your physical and mental wellbeing. To learn more about Zen Breathing, click here to download our Online video Lesson.

There’s no doubt that the current circumstances are a strange and difficult experience for everyone. However, by taking these steps to improve our health and wellbeing, we can work to overcome this obstacle together, whilst being apart.

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