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Ways to keep yourself healthy in these uncertain times
Now has never been a better time to look after your health and those around you. I posted recently about quick and easy food to grow. Here are a few more things to help you stay healthy during the Covid-19 outbreak.
1 – Heed the Government advice – NO EXCEPTIONS.
This cannot be overstated. Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save lives. All the updated advice can be found on the Governments dedicated page.
2 – Protect your immune system.
Fresh fruit and vegetables may become harder to come by or more expensive in the coming weeks. Invest in some multivitamins or at least vitamin c and zinc. They need not be expensive, some reasonable multivitamins can be found here at just 4p per tablet. When fresh food is limited you can still give your body the nutrients it needs. Oranges and orange juice are increasing in price and I have no doubt the other fruits vegetables we normally import (which is a lot) will follow.
3 – Grow nutrient dense Microgreens
These little nutrient bombs can be ready in 1-2 weeks and are packed with goodness. Many have greater nutrient value than the adult plants (see this study here by the USDA). Importantly, you can grow them indoors. Read more about this on my post here, and you can get inexpensive starter kits here. Any organic seeds are safe to grow, or specially selected seeds for microgreens. They will not have been treated with any harmful chemicals.
4 – Make sure you get fresh air and exercise.
At the time of writing, in the UK, we are allowed to leave the house once a day for one form of exercise, for example walking, running or cycling. However, if you have a garden, a good session out there can be just as invigorating. Additionally, it is massively beneficial for your mental health too. The time is perfect for tidying up after winter, washing your seed trays and pots, starting some seeds off, planting early potatoes, the list (for me at least) is endless. I use this stuff for cleaning the pots, greenhouse, birdfeeders and more, its natural, non toxic to pets, aquatics and wildlife.
5 – Take a break from social media
This might sound counterintuitive coming from someone running a blog who has a social media presence. However, it is full of nonsense about Coronavirus, some of it potentially very damaging. For example, there was a story stating that garlic will protect you from the virus. Simply put, IT WILL NOT. Watch an informative video on the BBC here. The Government have also just launched a free WhatsApp service for information, and also to alert you to coronavirus myths. Information on how to access it can be found here.
6 – Stay in touch with friends and relatives
Pick up the phone, load up Skype, message on Whatsapp. Whatever your method, it will help keep you and the recipient happier. Here is an interesting article on Sky News about communication and happiness levels. This could mean the world to someone who is alone, shielding, or simply missing the contact of other humans in daily life.
More than anything, I hope you all stay healthy during the coronavirus outbreak and remember we will get through this. And finally:
STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES
Much love <3