Maintain healthy lifestyles in lockdown: a social worker’s tips

A woman maintaining a healthy lifestyle

The second wave of Covid-19 has arrived safely, and with it comes a second containment. Although we are used, since the beginning of the pandemic, to modify our habits, the impacts on our daily life are still being felt: teleworking, minimized displacements, social contacts greatly reduced… This translates into a lot of time spent at home. It can be difficult to maintain a routine and healthy lifestyle when every day ends up looking the same.

 

In this sense, our social workers at Clinique GO™ wanted to offer our blog readers a few tips. These are aimed at maintaining healthy lifestyle habits, even in this period of confinement that confronts us with a social situation that is out of the ordinary.

 

The expertise of the social worker

As mentioned on the site of the Ordre des travailleurs sociaux et des thérapeutes conjugaux et familiaux du Québec, social workers can intervene to help people deal with a difficult situation or crisis in their lives. The goal is to enable these individuals to maintain or re-establish their social functioning, always with the objective of promoting well-being and physical and mental health on a daily basis.

 

In the context of the pandemic and containment, the intervention of a social worker may be more than relevant to help people who have difficulty coping with changes in their daily lives. This includes advice related to healthy living, which can help avoid some of the pitfalls of confinement: anxiety, depressive feelings, sleep disturbance, overuse of alcohol and drugs, and so on.

 

Maintaining healthy lifestyles: advice from a social worker

To help you better get through this second wave and the consequences it is currently having, here are some tips from our social workers that everyone can put into practice!

 

1- Go for a walk every day or exercise regularly, but with moderation

In addition to promoting general health, regular participation in sport or physical activity has a direct impact on mental health. Reducing depression and controlling anxiety, slowing cognitive decline in seniors… The benefits of physical activity on morale are numerous. In addition, physical activity can be a good opportunity to maintain contact with loved ones.

 

Nevertheless, it is essential to respect each person’s level and physical condition, especially in order to prevent injuries and avoid overwork. One walk a day, outdoors, can be a good start for people who wish to integrate the practice of physical activities into their confinement.

 

2- Have a balanced diet

It is necessary to spoil ourselves from time to time, especially by indulging in small pleasures, which are not necessarily good for our health. This is even more true in confinement, since the sources of pleasure in our daily lives are limited. It is nevertheless advisable, on a regular basis, to maintain good eating habits. A healthy diet helps the body to function properly and the immune system to work more efficiently.

 

3- Maintain a sleep routine

Adults generally need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a day to function. However, with the stress of the pandemic, the length and quality of sleep for many people has decreased.

 

In this sense, it is important to know that maintaining a good sleep routine generally has a good impact on sleep: you are more tired at bedtime and sleep comes faster. The biological clock regulates itself, which is why it is important to remain constant with regard to the time you go to bed and the time you get up.

 

4- Find new ways to socialize

Finally, it is essential, in a context of confined social activities, to avoid the isolation and boredom that this can cause. This is particularly true for people who are already at risk of social isolation, including seniors and people living alone.

 

In this sense, ways must be found to maintain social contacts, even if they are virtual. Interactions with our loved ones are doubly important in these difficult times. These are good opportunities to hear from our loved ones, but also to share one’s own feelings about the difficult situation we are all going through right now. Social networks and videoconferencing services provide us with opportunities to stay in touch with our loved ones, despite the restrictions that are in place with respect to social gatherings.

 

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important, especially when confined to a confined space, to help maintain physical and mental health. If you are experiencing distress in relation to your current situation, remember that the mental health professionals at Clinique GO™ are available to provide you with the support you need.

Francis-Desjardins Approuvé par Francis Desjardins
Président et physiothérapeute depuis 1994.
Francis Dejardins