How to remain cheerful in these trying times of COVID-19

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I don’t know what to say looking at the current situation world is facing. COVID-19 has emerged as a pandemic which took us few years back in time. It has affected more population than affected in world war 2. So its very difficult to stay positive and happy at this moment. Let’s look at the current scenario of COVID-19 around the world:

Situation in numbers (By WHO Region)

Total (new cases in last 24 hours)

Globally 3917366 cases (6158) 274 361 deaths (8499)
Africa 42 626 cases(2082) 1369 deaths(47)
Americas 1 655 378 cases(18537) 98 723 deaths(6830)
Eastern Mediterranean 255 728 cases(9706) 8878 deaths (130)
Europe 1 707 946 cases(25608) 155 552 deaths (1319)
South-East Asia 95 314 cases(4506) 3356 deaths (152)
Western Pacific 159 662 cases(1139) 6470 deaths (21)

I know its hard to see what humanity is going thru, not blaming any country or person for this, as it is there are whole lot of people just doing blame game which isn’t helping anyone right now.

So what we should rather do is stay positive and inspire your family and friends to stay positive. Let’s get started on what we can really do to help ourselves and our loved ones.

EXERCISE

exercise

YES! You heard this right. It is exercise. You know when people say it’s bad to be addicted to something but staying fit is an addiction everyone should possess. Since whole world is under lockdown right now, we can’t really jog, run or gym at this very moment. So how to continue your workout without treadmill or other gym stuff.

We all know that regular physical activity is good for both our physical health and our mental well being. The benefits of regular exercise include a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, some forms of cancer and dementia. It can also help to relieve stress and alleviate depression and anxiety.

You might be surprised at the range of activities that can contribute to your weekly goal of 150 minutes of physical activity. Exercising regularly doesn’t have to involve going to the gym or even leaving the house. If your responsibilities mean it’s difficult for you to get out and about, there are plenty of ways to exercise at home. Here are a few ideas:

YOGA

yoga

Well YOGA has been in our lives from ages, but not everyone of us tried yoga because of several reasons and being more reliable to our gym instructor, gym equipment, long list. But the point here is why not try something different. Maybe it will help you find a different and improved version of yourself.

STRETCHING

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Gentle stretching exercises, which use your body’s own weight as a source of resistance, have been shown to improve circulation and reduce the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Stretching can also help to keep your joints supple and mobile. Try this simple stretching routine when you wake up in the morning to help you prepare for the day ahead.

SKIPPING

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This simple exercise can be done anywhere anytime, indoors or outside in the garden. All you need is a skipping rope. Just a few minutes of skipping can boost your physical health by improving your heart and lung fitness, strengthening your bones, and improving your balance and flexibility.

GARDENING

gardening

If you’re green fingered and enjoy spending time out in the garden you may already be doing more physical activity then you realize. Activities such as digging, mowing the lawn and weeding require a range of movements and stretches that involve muscles all over your body.

In addition, spending time outside in the fresh air, enjoying the sights and smells of your flowers and shrubs is a wonderful way to boost your mental well being.  

DANCING

dancing

If given the opportunity you love to strut your stuff, you’ll be delighted to learn that dancing not only helps keep you fit and healthy, it can also give you a more positive outlook on life. So when you have 10 minutes to yourself, put your favorite tunes on and have a quick boogie around the living room.

So that’s it for now. There are more ways to stay cheerful and positive other than exercise but I will be sharing them in my next post. Till then keep the workout going and motivate your family and friends to start working out at home.

I promise we will come out stronger from this pandemic. It can lock us in our homes but can’t stop us to fight like warriors.

Stay healthy and safe!

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