Stay Home in Comfort During the Pandemic
The pandemic is not yet over. Even during the rollout of vaccines, new Covid-19 variants are appearing in different parts of the country. Researchers say that these variants can challenge the effectiveness of available vaccines. Companies that produce the vaccines are still updating their products.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends that people get a vaccine against Covid-19 as soon as possible. CDC states, however, that even after getting a shot, people must continue to observe safety protocols against the coronavirus.
This means staying home unless you must go on an essential trip outside the house. If it is unavoidable to leave the house, always wear a mask. Avoid crowded areas and if there is anyone in the vicinity, keep a physical distance of at least six feet. Bring alcohol with you for hand sanitation but wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible.
People have been staying home most of the time since early last year. By now, many are feeling the adverse effects of confinement.
This is the informal term for the adverse effects of confining people in close quarters. While this term is not considered a medical condition, studies show that home confinement amid Covid-19 has harmful psychological and physical impacts on people.
It results in extreme stress, mental trauma, anxiety, and depression, with symptoms such as emotional distress, mood swings, irritability, impatience, anger, and insomnia. They are bored and restless, and yet they lack motivation for physical activity and become sedentary. Their eating patterns also change during confinement as they tend to eat more meals and snacks while choosing unhealthy food—the combination of a sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet results in unhealthful weight gain.
Stress and its accompanying mental health issues weaken the immune system. Lack of physical activity and weight gain also impair the proper function of the immune system. If you do not address these immediately, they make you more vulnerable to Covid-19 in whatever variant.
Check if you are experiencing any of these and take immediate steps to tackle the situation.
Fix Your Space
Any physical activity is better than none, and you can accomplish two things at once if your activity includes fixing up your home. This will also keep your mind busy and address your boredom.
Since you have no choice but to stay indoors most of the time, it will feel much better to be in a space that is freshly spruced up.
Make sure your indoor temperature is right for you in the winter and the summer. If you are not happy with your current setup, consult a reliable furnace company that can provide you with worry-free heating and air conditioning services. You do not have to stay in an environment that is too cold or too hot.
Besides managing air temperature, you must also ensure that you are breathing clean air. You can do so while also bringing in nature by decorating your home with indoor plants. According to a study by NASA, plants help in purifying the air indoors by removing toxins and increasing oxygen levels.
Being surrounded by greenery at home will give you a feeling of being outdoors. Besides, caring for your new plants will give you a new routine to focus on.
Rearrange your furniture and other belongings to change the look of your space from time to time. This will also allow you to weed out things you no longer need and get rid of them. Streamlining your possessions can increase your space at home and give you more room to breathe.
Check your house thoroughly for any necessary repairs that you have not noticed before or have not had time to do. Eyesores such as peeling paint or wallpaper, or a misaligned cabinet door, add to daily stress.
After doing repairs, you can take the next step and consider home improvements. This is the time to do what you have always wanted for your home, such as replacing your carpets with wood flooring, renovating your kitchen or bathroom, or adding a patio or deck.
Stay Comfortable at Home
Fixing your home to make it a relaxing place gives you opportunities for much-needed physical and mental activity while in confinement. Physical and mental activities reduce stress.
Furthermore, you minimize stress and its attendant health issues if you feel comfortable staying home even for long periods. Make sure the changes you make increase your level of comfort.
Even as new variants of Covid-19 are appearing, you will be ready for any lockdown and prolonged periods at home.
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