With each day that passes we are learning more and more about the overall impact that COVID-19 has had physically, mentally, and spiritually on the public. Many women around the world have been placed between a rock and a hard place trying to navigate balancing care for themselves and their families.
The stress of a global pandemic has had a lasting impact on families who are dealing with stress, fatigue, inactivity, and poor diets. Women’s health in particular has been heavily impacted while working remotely.
By spending so much of our efforts avoiding contraction of the COVID-19 virus, we are setting ourselves up for a whole new health crisis that comes as a result of the lifestyle we’ve been living for the majority of 2020.
SOME OF THE PRIMARY ISSUES WOMEN ARE FACING
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Excessive alcohol consumption
The pandemic has created a global sense of dread and stress. The stress leads to women leaning on unhealthy coping mechanisms just to make it through the day. Those unhealthy methods of coping then lead to both physical and mental health repercussions that will have a lasting effect long after COVID-19 is under control.
SO WHAT ARE SOME HEALTH GOALS FOR WOMEN DURING CORONAVIRUS IN 2021?
1. MAINTAIN OPTIMAL HYDRATION
Proper hydration is one of the key components to overall health and preventative care. A very important health goal for women in 2021 should be monitoring your water intake. This is imperative for stabilizing blood pressure, carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells, cushioning your joints, and protecting the organs and tissue in your body.
To cope with the stress and anxiety or day-to-day life during the pandemic, we’ve seen a drastic spike in excessive alcohol consumption, particularly among women. Back in the beginning of the nationwide shutdown and quarantine, liquor stores were considered essential and were some of the only businesses that remained open while most others were forced to shut down.
This left many stressed, anxious, and confused adults who were now out of work with a very tempting option to make it through the most frightening days.
Excessive alcohol consumption leads to dehydration, which has a detrimental effect on your body’s overall function and wellness. Dehydration is the result of the depletion of electrolytes in your body. So how can you replenish electrolytes and restore your hydration? Avoid reaching for a sports drink that is high in sugar, caffeine, and artificial ingredients.
Instead, use a high quality electrolyte supplement such as GOODONYA HYDRATE. It is made with 100% organic ingredients with only 1g of sugar. Replenish your body with all the good stuff, and leave behind the sugars, caffeine, artificial colors, and mystery ingredients that will have you feeling even worse than before.
2. GET YOUR VITAMINS
Flu season is approaching, and we’ve all been mostly homebound for almost an entire year. Lack of sun and less-than-ideal eating habits have created an uptick in vitamin deficiencies - especially Vitamin D. Proper Vitamin D levels are imperative for bone health, calcium absorption, and parathyroid gland function.
There are few foods that contain adequate amounts of the vitamin, but some good sources to consider are fatty fishes such as salmon, tuna, and swordfish. Beef liver, egg yolks, and some mushrooms are also great sources of Vitamin D.
Vitamin D plays a vital role in our immune function as well, and helps to defend us from inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Type 1 diabetes, and cold and flu viruses.
3. BUILD AND MAINTAIN A STRONG IMMUNE SYSTEM
Speaking of immunity, a very important health goal for women in 2021 should be to build up and maintain a strong and effective immune system. Not only will a healthy immune system help ward off the coronavirus, or at the very least lessen the severity of your symptoms, it will help your body defend itself from countless forms of disease and illness. So what can you do to improve your immunity?
- Incorporate more real food like fruits and vegetables into your diet
- Regular exercise
- Adequate sleep
- Manage stress
- Vitamin supplements
- Stay hydrated
Supporting your immune system function can be as simple as just adhering to some basic lifestyle changes. These small daily changes will add up and provide long-lasting health benefits. For more tips on building a healthy immune system, you can visit the GOODONYA Immunity Blog.
4. KEEP YOUR BODY ACTIVE
Inactivity has been a major downfall for many women this year. Between mandatory remote work, lack of free time, stress, and fatigue, it has been incredibly difficult to just peel ourselves out of bed some days. Fitness goals for women this year should include a combination of cardiovascular exercise, as well as light to moderate strength training. Muscles need to be used, or you will lose them. By not engaging in regular strength training, you are continuously losing muscle mass and bone density which are both incredibly important for women as they age.
It is important to still make the time and effort for some kind of physical movement every day, and moderate workouts at least several times a week. Take a walk between meetings, do some light aerobic exercise, stretch regularly, and take frequent breaks from sitting at your desk. Get up and grab some coffee, do some squats while you’re waiting for it to brew, or even just dance in the living room. Find something that you enjoy and will be able to stick with long term. Your bones, muscles, heart, and lungs will thank you!
Physical activity is important not only for physical and cardiovascular health, but also your mental health.
5. MANAGE STRESS AND LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH
Long term periods of stress can be detrimental to our overall health, and can cause serious dysfunction of our immune systems leading to increased susceptibility to illness.
After a year of lockdown, social isolation, economic strain, and financial stress, our collective mental health has taken a big hit. With some achievable lifestyle changes, you can learn to make improvements to your emotional wellbeing. New habits should include:
- Getting adequate sleep
- Do something that you enjoy or are good at to boost confidence and serotonin
- Write down small, achievable goals each day
- Maintain regular contact with loved ones
- Practice mindfulness and gratitude
- Take time to laugh every day
- Write down thoughts that keep your mind racing to get them out of your head and onto paper
- Spend time outside in nature
- Seek therapy and other professional resources if necessary
Health and wellness can be optimized by setting small, achievable daily goals for yourself. Each piece of the puzzle adds up to improve the big picture. Women’s health is a system made up of both physical health and mental health that both need to be maintained for optimal wellness.Stay hydrated with an electrolyte supplement such as GOODONYA HYDRATE, and make sure you are getting the daily recommended dose of vitamins, particularly Vitamin D this time of year. Keep your body moving and active every day, support your immune system, and take time to monitor and improve your mental health.
By creating healthy habits, you will provide your body the tools that it needs to remain healthy leading into 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic.