It’s our collective goal to stay safe and healthy. And with the global pandemic raging like wildfire, it’s no wonder that so many people are suddenly concerned with their safety, health, and wellbeing. It can be challenging, in a world filled with unsafe and unhealthy things, to stay both safe and healthy. However, with the right precautions and habits, we can assure you that it can be done.
In this post we will walk you through five of the easiest steps you can take to stay safe, healthy, and well during these troubling times.
Keep medical supplies on hand
One of the biggest mistakes many people make that leads to them being both unsafe and unhealthy is not having sufficient medical supplies at the ready. Every household, no matter how big or how small, should have a fully stocked first aid kid ready for emergencies and illnesses. Here are a few must-haves for that family first aid kit:
- Bandages for small cuts, burns, and scrapes
- Ice packs for bruises, bumps, and aches
- Digital infrared thermometers, to discover fevers early
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like aspirin or ibuprofen
- Fever reducers and pain relievers, like acetaminophen
- Antimicrobial gel that can be applied to cuts and scrapes and ward off infection
- Nighttime sleep aid and cough suppressant
Of course, a big part of staying safe and healthy is prevention. The next steps will help with that.
Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet is another essential part of staying safe and healthy. If your diet is poor, your health could suffer greatly. The leading cause of death in many parts of the world is heart disease, which can be caused by a poor diet. So, it’s easy to see why this is an essential part of remaining safe and healthy. Here are some tips for starting a healthy diet:
- Eat whole foods like fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts
- Avoid saturated fats from oil and red meat
- Try to cut down sugar intake and consume mostly natural sugars
- Eat fewer carbs, and try to stick to whole grain breads and noodles
- Stay away from processed foods that are filled with salt and preservatives
- Drink alcohol only in moderation
- Do not smoke or eat cigarettes
Having a healthy diet will get you a long way toward your goal of staying healthy and safe.
Get plenty of sleep
Next, it’s time to focus on sleep. Sleep is the time where your body can rest, relax, and rebuild parts that were damaged. Have you ever noticed that when you’re sick, you often wake up the next day feeling much better? That’s because, while you were asleep, your body was hard at work fighting off the illness and making you well again.
Sleep is crucial for both health and safety, as being sleeping while doing dangerous activities like driving can lead to fatal accidents. If you’re in need of getting more sleep, try these tips:
- Make a consistent bedtime for yourself and stick to it
- Turn off all screens two hours before bed time
- Start a routine, like reading or doing yoga before bed
- Listen to white noise audio that will gently lull you to sleep
Having a good night’s sleep will have you waking feeling happy and healthy.
Stay away from dangerous activities
Dangerous activities are one of the greatest sources of accidents around. Your health and your safety may be compromised if you do dangerous things that can result in injury. Here are a few examples of activities that you should steer clear of:
- Cliff jumping
- Bull fighting
- Biking without a helmet
- Driving without a seatbelt
- Street fighting
- Sharp knives
- Crab fishing
If you regularly engage in one of those activities, now might be the time to cut back.
Mind your mental health
Lastly, mental health is just as important as physical health. You should be mindful to take care of your mind as well as your body. Not sure where to start? Try these tips:
- Take up a mindful hobby, like yoga or swimming
- Seek professional therapy for deep mental wounds
- Spend time with people that you love
- Try to become a better listener
- Care about what people have to tell you
Enhanced mental health is better for your body, mind and spirit. By following all the tips discussed today, you’re well on your way to staying safe and healthy.