Active COVID-19 cases in the country reached an all-time high last Wednesday, according to the Department of Health.
With the sudden surge of cases, you might be wondering what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones from getting infected.
Beyond Small Talk is here to help you!
Learn some holistic tips on how to support your health and well-being, from The 700 Club Asia host and COVID-19 survivor, Joyce Burton-Titular.
Tip #1: Make good use of your time
Some areas have started rolling out movement restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.
For many people, this means more time to stay at home. How do you make good use of your time at home?
It’s a tough season for everyone, but you have a choice. Don’t allow anxious thoughts about the pandemic to pester your mind. Fill your head with useful learnings and new memories.
There are loads of opportunities, like starting a hobby! To Joyce, starting a new hobby is healthy as it helps occupy your mind. Whether it’s painting, journaling, or vlogging, adding these simple yet productive activities to your daily routine is helpful to your mental health.
Tip #2: Eat mindfully
It is not a secret that what you eat has a profound impact on your overall health.
That is why as a COVID-19 survivor, Joyce suggests that you become more mindful of what you eat each day, “You have to have your mind and heart into what you eat. There are many diet books out there that talk about good diets.”
Tip #3: Exercise
Even when you’re stuck at home, you can boost your cardio fitness by doing simple exercise routines. Some people accomplish this through brisk walking in their yard, doing jumping jacks, or even dancing.
“Move. Move that body! My husband and I exercise on our patio where there is sunlight. I go on YouTube and look for exercise videos, and we exercise together,” Joyce said.
Tip #4: Practice breathing exercises
Proper breathing exercises don’t just strengthen your lungs – they also ease pandemic stress and anxiety. Experts from VeryWell Mind suggests some breathing exercises to try. So out with the old, stale air and in with new fresh air!
Joyce shares, “Now with COVID going around, breathing is one of the biggest problems. People only breathe shallow; we only breathe through our upper chest. But people who exercise breathe to the bottom of their lungs.”
Tip #5: Get enough sleep
If you’re having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep these days, you may be experiencing COVIDsomnia – a heightened sleep disturbance linked to pandemic stress.
But when you don’t sleep well, your body won’t have the strength and highly functioning immune system to fight off viruses.
That’s why you need to be more proactive in getting that full night’s sleep! Your body needs sleep to stay healthy and strong. Likewise, sleep is a gift – God wants you to rest so you can experience His peace and healing.
As Joyce puts it, “When we sleep, we tap into the miracle healing of God.”
Although it requires efforts to stay healthy and safe from COVID-19, know that God is your ultimate protector and healer. So if you or someone you know is battling the virus right now, Joyce has a prayer for you.
“I pray that you put your trust in God, 100%. Ask for His presence, ask for Him to be with you. It’s the best thing that you can have in the middle of the worst storm of your life.”
Do you find it hard to stay safe and sane during the pandemic?