1-Minute Tip: Wash your hands. This isn’t news! It is a friendly reminder that washing your hands is one of the easiest precautions you can take to stay healthy right now. Next time you catch yourself touching your face, take one minute to scrub your hands with soap and water — don’t forget to clean under your fingernails!
5-Minute Tip: Clean and disinfect. Take just five minutes each day to wipe down door handles and other commonly-touched objects like your purse or car keys. It doesn’t hurt to be overly cautious about cleaning all the nooks and crannies around your house during this time.
15-Minute Tip: Laugh out loud. Now more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Studies show that laughing releases endorphins, stimulates blood circulation and promotes relaxation. Even when you’re busy, you can still find at least 15 minutes to watch your favorite sitcom, search YouTube for something that gets your giggle on or play with your kids and pets. There’s even a type of yoga called “laughter yoga” that you can try at home!
30-Minute Tip: Sweat it out. It’s common to feel some extra anxiety while practicing social distancing and sheltering in place. Sweating expels impurities from the body, helps get rid of excess water weight holding us down and can be a great stress relief when combined with exercise. Take a hot shower or bath for 30 minutes, practice hot yoga or get your body moving — just break a sweat!
This article first appeared in the April 2020 edition of the HealthPerks newsletter.