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‘Iso’ and chill – maintaining a healthy body and mind during isolation

Isolation Exercise stretching

For many guys, getting outdoors is a big part of daily life. Some of us don’t feel like our minds and bodies are functioning to their full potential if we are stuck inside for long stretches of time. Others might be very happy to be hulled up with a good TV series, video game, or book for a day or two. Although, not many of us would usually choose to spend the great majority of our time in our own houses for days or weeks on end. Social distancing and self-isolation (already adapted to the slang term ‘iso’) are new buzz words in our vocabularies, and they are changing the ways we live. But, that doesn’t mean they have to change our ability to stay positive.

On the flip side, isolation presents loads of time to catch up on things that have fallen by the wayside. Have you been meaning to learn to cook? Want to start getting in shape? Is your body in need of some well overdue grooming? All of these things can be achieved in small spaces like our homes and yards. There are few times in our lives that we will be told the best thing we can do is stay home, and take care of ourselves. Right now, it might seem strange and a little uncomfortable, but as we will show you with the below isolation activities, this time is an opportunity! There are loads of things you can do to maintain a healthy body and mind while in iso.

Forget bingeing Netflix, drinking tonnes of beer, and scrolling through your social feeds. Check out our recommendations for the top 5 things you can do below.

Exercise

There are loads of online exercise routines perfect for doing in your living room that don’t require any additional equipment. You might try a HIIT session to get your heart rate up, or some yoga to stretch your tight muscles. The best part is, unlike going to the gym, no one is watching. Practice in your PJ’s if you want to. This isn’t just going to help you look buff when you can hit the beach again, but research shows that physical exercise is directly linked to your mood. Movement will be key in remaining positive in isolation.

Learn a language & Upskill

Take the opportunity to upskill, so many Australians don’t speak another language, but if you ask around, lots will say they wish they did. Often being time-poor is a key reason that most of us don’t take up French, Spanish, German or Japanese. Learning a language is a great mental challenge, and these days there are loads of apps to help you on your way. You can even speak with native speakers online. What better way to see the world, and our current situation, through a different lens than by immersing yourself in another language and culture.

Cook for your loved ones

Cooking for ourselves can be pretty boring, but cooking for others is a great way to show them that we care. If you have a partner, why not tell them to take the night off, and cook them a meal you would usually go out to eat or even better try something new and take this opportunity to put those chef skills to the test. Just because we are confined to the house doesn’t mean that fun and romance are dead. If you aren’t in a relationship, cook for your roommates, your parents, or even an elderly neighbor. Nothing brings people closer together and raises our mood more than a good feed.

Read a book

When we need to escape our world, sometimes the best way to do it is to immerse ourselves in another one. Grab that book you’ve been meaning to read from the bookshelf, or if you don’t have one, download one on many of the reading apps. In this case, the bigger the better. See how the hours melt away when you are engaged in a captivating story or self improvement guides. A popular past time for Staying Healthy under Isolation .

Get grooming

For lots of men, grooming and self-care often fall to the bottom of the to-do list. When was the last time you took a look at your body hair? Moisturised your dry and cracked skin? Or exfoliated? What better time to get on top of your grooming and skincare than right now. This is a great way to pass the time, and you will certainly feel better after your done. Your significant other will also likely be impressed and grateful due to all the extra time you will be spending together.

Just remember, that whatever you choose to do, staying healthy in isolation doesn’t need to be difficult. Try and get yourself into a routine, and remember that as the old Persian adage tells us ‘this too shall pass.’ While all our situations are different, we are all in this together, and we will emerge on the other side.

If you are needing further help on Staying Healthy under Isolation and need to talk to someone, please reach out to services such as Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline Crisis Hotline: 13 11 14

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