YOU CAN STILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOURSELF WHILE STAYING AT HOME

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Spending more time indoors has become a reality for millions who are out of work, working from home or stuck at home in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing your health.

Shelton State Community College wellness expert Dr. Milady Murphy offered up some tips for boosting your immune system even while you’re stuck indoors.

It’s important to exercise at least 30 minutes a day, Murphy said. You can do stretches or work with weights indoors, or you can get outside and go for a walk. As a bonus, getting out in the sun means getting vitamin D.

Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables is also imperative, Murphy said.

“One of the creative ways to do that is smoothie drinks,” Murphy said. “Be creative with the kinds of fruits you’re putting in there to get the flavor that you like. Even throw in some greens in there like some baby kale or baby spinach so you’re getting the vitamins and minerals you need during this time to keep that immune system up along with your energy and stamina.”

Another important thing? Taking time to relax. Deep breathing exercises are good for that, Murphy said.

Getting in a shower or bath before bed promotes good sleep, too, she said.

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