Around the world, we are currently going through a phase where social distancing is highly recommended by the health experts.
Social distancing is defined as the avoidance of close interactions with other individuals to minimize the transmission of pathogens during a contagious disease outbreak.
Although social distancing and self-isolation measures are put into place for the overall health of society, individuals may experience the negative impacts of self-isolation.
Some researches suggest that negative impacts can include loneliness, impaired daily activity and functioning, increase risk of cognitive decline, dementia, and depression.
During self-isolation, many people start to experience physical inactivity which can lead to obesity and may increase the risk of premature mortality.
People can still stay healthy by trying to incorporate these tips in their lives during social distancing.
First tip is to find the right exercise routine for you. By aiming to undertake moderate-intensity physical activity per week, you can improve blood sugar control, cardiovascular health, and immune function. Another tip that goes side-by-side with exercise is sleep! By sleeping the recommended hours of sleep, you can help your body to be refreshed for a new day.
The second tip is staying connected. Although social distancing makes it hard for individuals to stay connected physically, technology can help you to stay in touch with your loved ones in family and friends. Connections with others will help to reduce stress and increase your self-esteem.