Keeping healthy during quarantine is easier said than done. Safety guidelines and closures can make it more challenging. If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is how to adapt. Get back on track or start your healthy journey with some tips for the mind, body, and soul.
Body and Mental Health
Overall health is achieved by taking care of the body and the mind. Supplying your body with the right fuel and keeping active isn’t always easy during quarantine and social distancing guidelines. You can start with:
- Eat a well-balanced diet low in processed sugars, carbs, and saturated fats—stock up on nutritionally dense foods that boost the immune system.
- Cabbages, winter squash, lentils, and sweet potatoes are examples.
- 150 minutes of moderate activity are recommended during the week.
- If you are starting out, pick something you enjoy, so you will more likely stick with it. Have a dance party or make up a workout. Just make it FUN!
Mental health should be on every wellness list. Helping manage it at home can involve several areas, but we have some tips to get you started:
- Go outside to get some fresh air at least once a day.
- Stay informed with the facts from trusted resources. At the same time, don’t watch the news all day. Have specific times to check for updates.
- Maintain contact with friends and loved ones.
- Volunteer. Giving back to others is proven to have many mental health benefits.
- If you have a mental illness, keep appointments with your doctor and seek help if symptoms worsen.
Staying Healthy with Chronic Conditions
If you have chronic conditions like liver disease, staying healthy is even more critical amid a pandemic. You should continue to follow all treatment plans recommended by your doctor. This includes continuing medications as directed, monitoring your diet, and keeping active. It may be tempting to skip appointments to limit COVID-19 exposure but don’t. Instead, see what virtual options and safety protocols your provider has in place. Having chronic conditions raise your chances of having severe symptoms if infected with COVID. It’s not worth the gamble.
Liver Disease and COVID-19 Research Studies
Clinical research studies help determine potential new therapies’ safety and effectiveness before they are made available to the public. Without the role of research studies and the volunteers who participate in them, improvements to how we diagnose, manage, and prevent medical conditions wouldn’t exist. In the fight to end COVID-19, every medication, PPE, medical device, and vaccine in use today is a direct result of the work scientists, researchers, studies, and volunteers accomplished. Arizona Liver Health is committed to continuing our part of the fight by offering COVID-19 studies in addition to our core liver trials.
You can join us whether you’re interested in prevention, getting tested for FREE, or helping advance options for those infected. To find out more about all of our COVID-19 and liver-related studies, visit the current studies page on our website here. To speak with a member of our research team, please call (480) 360-4000.