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How Tech Can Maintain Your Health During COVID-19

How Tech Can Maintain Your Health During COVID-19

Coronavirus is changing how we approach our day-to-day. We are no longer working or living the same way, and this can have a serious impact on our overall health. Although this is a difficult time for many, it’s important to try to maintain some normalcy. 

If you’re struggling to adjust, here are some ways technology can help you maintain your health!

Start Your Fitness Journey

While spending countless hours at home, you might start to notice that you have become glued to your television more than usual. Although, there is no harm in taking some time to relax, being confined to your couch can be damaging your health. Minimal physical activity can have a negative impact on not only your physical health but your mental health. It can lead to heart disease, poor posture, anxiety, and even depression. Accepting defeat might be the easier option, but it is never too late to make a change for the better! 

However, if you’re struggling to meet your daily exercise goal or create a daily workout routine, there are various apps that can help you get back into shape or help create a healthier lifestyle. Fitness apps like FitBit Coach are great for beginners and range from 7 to 60-minute workouts with step by step instructions, and all you need is a wireless FitBit to help track your progress. Dedicating at least 30 minutes a day to getting active will help lower your risk of developing health complications, while also helping ease any anxiety or stress you might have. 

Pay Attention To Your Food

You are what you eat, and if your diet consists heavily of overly processed food then you are doing more harm to your body than good. Overeating or anxious eating might sound like an easy way to pass the time, especially if you’re stuck at home. However, if not controlled it can lead to overall health problems. When stressed your brain produces cortisol, a stress hormone that seeks comfort food like salty, sweet, or processed foods to help give you energy and pleasure. 

There are many methods to help ease any dietary issues you may have, like finding a way to reduce your stress levels or creating a meal schedule to keep you inline. You can also connect with a virtual nutritionist that will help you better manage your eating habits through one-on-one sessions and nutrition education. If you want to start from scratch then consider a meal delivery service, like Blue Apron that has hundreds of options and is catered to any dietary restrictions you may have. 

Focus On You

Your health doesn’t stop at your food and exercise, in order to maintain your health, you should also prioritize your mental health. When was the last time you did something you enjoy? Whether that be painting or cooking, there are many ways to keep some normalcy in your life. You can even pick up some hobbies online like learning to draw or knitting. Virtually picking a new hobby can help break up the monotony of your everyday life, and add some fun. 

Maybe it’s your overall image you struggle with? Consider using this time to better your self-esteem or find ways to improve any insecurities. Everybody struggles with body image issues, however, there are things we can do to better ourselves, like taking a break from social media or thinking positively about yourself. If your insecurities are rooted in appearance based issues like if you’re a man dealing with thinning hair or a woman struggling with stretch marks then using a hair loss product like finasteride or a Bio-Oil to help heal scars can help you feel at peace with the way you look. 

Seek Help If Needed 

With the uncertainties of this time, it can be extremely beneficial to seek a mental health professional if you’re struggling to adjust. Seeking help from a professional can give you a better understanding of your emotions and ways to better convey your emotions to the people around you to create a healthier space. Virtual therapy is a great, convenient, and affordable alternative if you are traveling or have any physical limitations. Digital therapy can be just as effective as in-person treatment, and there are many options online. 

If you’re not ready to seek professional mental health help then reach out to your friends and family. There is a multitude of video chat apps that help get your favorite friends together or even have a mini family reunion. Video chat apps like Zoom or Google Hangouts are great ways to stay connected with the ones you love. If you want to add some fun to your weekly or monthly hangouts then suggest having a virtual costume party or doing a show and tell to get the conversation going.  

This is an extremely challenging time for many, and there is no right or wrong way to settle in. However, think positive and try to use any available digital resources to make the adjustments easier on you and your health.

If you would like to educate yourself on different mental health topics, then visit an online information service, produced by the National Library of Medicine where consumers can view the latest health articles and content. If you are a consumer interested in reading medical publications such as journals, dictionaries, or even blog then go to website of the National Library of Medicine.

Imani Goodall
Imani Goodall
Digital Media Manager

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