With the whole country affected by COVID-19, and Kigali city in lockdown since 19th January 2021. It’s more important than ever to stay healthy both physically and mentally.
If you are not used to be at home every day, suddenly finding yourself confined to your house be it on your own or with family members or hostel mates for two weeks may seem daunting. But, it’s doable with a little planning, kindness, and understanding and here are the tips for staying healthy while in these 2 weeks lockdown;
Stick to a routine
Plan out a routine and stick to it. Having structure in your day gives you a sense of stability and peace of mind. For example, get up and go to bed at the same time you usually would and have your meals at the usual time and eat healthy food and avoid unnecessary snacking which is easy to do when you’re at home as you make sure you get your normal amount of sleep.
Get a daily dose of fresh air
Set aside time each day to walk in the green environment or in the garden so as to get fresh air. Doing this will help your refreshment and mental stability especially when someone is bored.
Exercise inside regularly
Go outside for a walk or run it’s allowed but do not go beyond your cell (Umudugudu) it’s good for you to exercise since it has a positive impact on physical and mental health. Again, plan it into your schedule so you are doing it every day. Getting out of the house will make you feel better and reduce home fever. The exercise could be yoga, weights, dancing, or other forms of exercise.
Have a digital break
While it’s important to stay connected digitally, make sure you do have a break from it and balance your use. Plan times to be digitally connected and times when you switch to 'do not disturb' and become fully present to life in your box.
Meditation is proven to have many mental and physical benefits. They are both free to do and will improve your health and help you stay calm and centered.