- This past year, our emotional and physical well-being has been greatly affected by the novel COVID-19 virus. Now, about a year after the world has been thrown a curve ball with this health crisis, it might be a good time to reset both body and mind, and feel refreshed and rejuvenated once again.
Here are some simple ways that could help you get your body and mind back on track.
Nutrition, Nutrition, Nutrition
For the body to function properly, it needs its fuel and proper hydration. The right food gives us energy, lifts our mood and sharpens our mind.
If you’ve strayed away from your regular healthy diet or have been wanting to make changes to your diet but keep putting it off, it might be time to be decisive and start eating well. If you don’t really know how or where to start, it might be a good idea to meet with a nutritionist or dietitian, who will put you on the right track for you.
Get your beauty sleep
Currently, many people are working from home and this new situation threw their sleep routines out of whack.
When we don’t sleep enough (7-9 hours per night for optimal health), the body’s cortisol levels increase and our stress levels spike with it. In addition, sleeping properly will not only reduce stress, it also allows the body to recalibrate and find balance, and reset the immune system.
Not sure how to get your sleep routine back on track? Try these tips:
- Exercise, not only to make yourself tired but also as a way to sweat out bottled-up emotions that prevent you from relaxing and falling asleep.
- Don’t eat after sunset or later than 8pm, because eating in the evening can negatively affect your sleep patterns.
- Go to bed and wake up at regular hours.
- No screens in bed! That includes television, tablet and cellphone.
- Change Of Scenery.
Even though travel restrictions are still implemented in many parts of the world, in most places you can still travel locally.
Taking a vacation, even a short one, and temporarily stepping out of our daily lives has enormous emotional, psychological and physical health benefits. Studies have shown that going on vacation can:
- Improve heart health. Brooks Gump, professor of public health at Syracuse University and the co-author of a study that showed a connection between vacations and heart health, said, “It’s possible that people who have more work stress don’t feel like they can take vacation and die early, but I think there’s a good chance that vacation does reduce your risk of heart disease. The next step is to figure out the mechanism.”
- Reduce stress. This one is a no-brainer, right? Still, various studies actually proved it and have shown that stress levels decreased just from knowing a vacation is coming up.
- Boost creativity. There’s a good reason that many eureka moments occur when we are relaxed – in the shower, on a walk, while sitting in the garden or on vacation, for example. This, too, has been scientifically proven using brain MRIs and PET scans.
Are packing yet?
While we’re on the topic of vacations, it’s worth mentioning that booking a holiday apartment is a great way to vacation nowadays, for two main reasons:
- You don’t pay per-person, you pay per-apartment. This means that the larger your group, the less you pay.
- Most holiday apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen, so you don’t have to dine out for every single meal and you can enjoy meals together while minimizing your exposure.
It’s an even better when you stay at Sea Holiday Apartments, where you can enjoy:
- Welcome basket containing a bottle of red wine, 2 health snacks, tea, coffee (decaf as well) and coffee capsules for the Nespresso machine, milk, a large mineral water bottle and other surprises (available for stays longer than one night).
- Fast and easy contactless check-in.
- Staff available on Whatsapp 24/7.
- 24/7 boutique gym.
- Rooftop with breathtaking sea and city views.
- Lobby that serves as a lounge, with complimentary coffee and tea, and a view of the beach.
- Strict cleaning protocols.