How to Make the Most of Self-isolation
Here at MenoLabs, our priority is your health, but we realize that our help can only go so far, especially in uncertain times. Recent events surrounding the new virus COVID-19 have caused a shift in our nation’s confidence and sense of safety. More than ever, it is incumbent upon us as citizens to take the necessary precautionary measures to keep our loved ones and ourselves in good health. These measures include self-isolation.
For many women, daily life consists of a 9 to 5 job, raising a family, being active in the community and adjusting to the new health changes that naturally come with aging and menopause. Now that those daily activities have been disrupted, now more than ever is the time to focus on individual health. Although you may not be able to participate in the many community-related activities you may have once enjoyed, here are some things you can do to help maintain your menopausal health even in self-isolation.
Participate in daily exercise
Daily exercise doesn’t always have to come in the form of a gym or the public swimming pool. Participating in even just ten minutes of exercise 3 times a day can have a huge impact on your health. Take ten minutes of your morning to stretch with some relaxing yoga. There are some fantastic apps out there that can help you get started. We recommend checking out the app, Down Dog, where you can get yoga instruction right in your living room. Get your blood pumping (and your metabolism up!) by working out to an online Pilates class. There are plenty of activities you can do at home to help boost your health and help it last.
Experiment with healthier meal options
Looking to create new meals that you can enjoy with the family? Want to find healthier meal alternatives that can help you stay on track with weight loss goals? Take some time to experiment in the kitchen. Try out new flavors, new cooking techniques, test out new recipes or pull some old ones out from the big family cookbook. With enough practice, perhaps you could work your way to being a gourmet in just a few weeks. We may have fewer ingredients to work with, but our grandparents made healthy, whole food at home with less access to the wide variety or ingredients we will probably have.
Take your probiotics and monitor your symptoms
As part of our probiotic blends, we’ve included additional ingredients to help provide more than just menopausal relief. Our probiotic supplements also include ingredients that can help support immune health like Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D3 and much more. Monitoring your menopausal symptoms could help you identify any other health issues you may experience in isolation. Now may be a good time to really start paying attention to your symptoms - what time of day you have them, how long they last, how severe they are. Look for patterns in your life that may be adding to your symptoms. Logging your symptoms will help you have a good document to discuss with your doctor when you can schedule an appointment in the future. Remembering to take your probiotics every day will give your body an extra boost to help you stay healthy.
Keep a tidy home
One of the biggest sources of stress in everyday life is a messy home. Psychologists have proven that stress increases and focus decreases in a messy environment. If you’re going to be spending so much time at home, then it may be in your best interest to keep your home tidy. Take a few minutes out of every day to do some light clean up around the house and keep your house ship-shape. The cleaner the house, the more time you have to relax and sit back.
Pick up a new hobby
Have you ever wanted to learn how to paint? Have you ever wanted to dive into the history of ancient Egypt? What if you’re itching to put in that rose garden you’ve been talking about for years? Then try picking up a new hobby or a skill. Self-improvement can come in the most unexpected ways and it’s never too late to learn something new. There are a variety of websites where you can take free online courses about some of the most outlandish subjects, like the origin of vampires in literature. Whatever piques your interest, take a look into what you can learn about it. You can also visit a number of museums online for free, take great courses, and watch the best opera from the Met online now.
Dive into books both old and new
What better way to spend some alone time than with a good book? Revisit the ones you haven’t read in ages that you were so fond of or download a few new ones onto your e-reader and begin a new journey. Let your imagination run wild and write stories of your own with your very own story writing contest. Challenge friends through social media to share their stories and see what they come up with, or better yet start a book club chat online and still be in touch with your community.
Spend some time unplugging
Maybe you’re tired of screens, email notifications, news updates and all the noise that comes with the digital age. Unplug for a while and turn your attention to something more tangible. Break out the board games and play a few rounds. Monopoly, Life, and Clue are just a few party games you can enjoy at the dinner table with the family. Share your favorite games with your kids and enjoy some quality bonding time.
Maybe games are not your forte. Write in a journal, try your hand at poetry. Look through some family photo albums and reminisce. It’s okay to take a break from screen time, just remember to check in on family and friends and update yourself on the news from time to time.
There are plenty of things that you can do to pass the time. Take a look at the links below to give you some ideas.