COVID-19 has changed the way many of us live day-to-day. But there are many simple things we can do to help keep ourselves well during these strange times, says Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella.
In the wake of COVID-19, the world may feel like it’s been turned on its head. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and worried about your health and wellbeing, and that of your family and friends.
That’s why it’s good to know that there are some easy measures you can take to help look after yourself and, in turn, keep you better able to look after the people you care about. Here are some simple tips and recipes.
The current health climate has increased stress levels for many people. And stress can negatively impact the immune system. So, if you can, take some time out. Stop. Meditate. Have calming herbal teas (see my recipe for sleep tea below). If you can’t take time out, don’t try to do it all; prioritise what’s important to reduce your to-do list. Our simple weekly activity diary may help you to do so.
If possible, and accessible, try ‘green’ exercise, by taking a walk in non-crowded parklands. Drink in that fresh air. At home, take the opportunity to have some fun. Put the music on and dance.
A good night’s sleep really is one of the best things you can do for your mental and physical health. Try my ‘sleep tea’ recipe.
Where possible, make wholefoods number-one in your diet; fresh colourful fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, legumes, seeds and nuts. Specifically, focus on:
In times like this, it’s good to remember some common-sense strategies and foods that can help to keep us well nourished, in body and mind, all year round – not just during times of stress.
So, look after yourselves, and each other.
Visit our Healthy living section to learn more about eating and living well, and feeling good.
Join Jean Hailes naturopath and herbalist Sandra Villella in the Jean Hailes Kitchen for more recipes.