By Carolyn De La Cruz
As new cases and deaths due to COVID-19 continue to increase in the United States, anxiety and stress are also affecting peopleâ€™s mental and physical health. According to Jeremy Engle from The New York Times, â€œRussell G. Buhr, a pulmonologist at U.C.L.A Health. Maintaining a routine, he said, like getting up and getting dressed and doing what you usually do, can positively affect mental health. And good mental health promotes a good physical healthâ€.
According to Engle, some practical suggestions to maintain good physical and mental health are, start bringing movement into tiny moments. â€œNext time you watch a TV show, get up and do some squats during commercials. Turn on some music and boogieâ€.
In his article he suggests getting your heart rate up, multiple times a day. â€œIf you have access to stairs in your home or apartment, going up and down those stairs is a great way to get your blood pumpingâ€ says Engle.
Social media and watching the news can have a big impact on a personâ€™s physical and mental health, causing fear and strong emotions in children and adults. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises to â€œTake breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsettingâ€. Stating to take care of your body â€œTry to eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise regularly and get plenty of sleepâ€.
Many people want to stay healthy during the pandemic and some find it really difficult to stay physically active. According to Dr. Buhr, â€œAs long as the public health practitioners havenâ€™t suggested a total lockdown, as long as youâ€™re able to maintain a reasonable amount of distance and youâ€™re being good about hand hygiene and especially if youâ€™re staying completely home if youâ€™re have sign of illness, then getting outside for a walk is goodâ€ Dr. Buhr said. â€œIt clears your mind, and it keeps you activeâ€.