Four Tips on Looking After Your Health Post-COVID-19

Discover the best ways to regain your strength & fitness and live an active & healthy lifestyle after contracting & recovering from COVID-19.

People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are much less likely to suffer significant symptoms when contracting the illness. Vaccines, however, are not full proof when it comes to protecting the body against the disease.

Four Tips on Looking After Your Health Post-COVID-19
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If you catch COVID-19 and feel ill, or you generate a positive test during a general health screening, you may be worried about how you will recover. Those who have few to no symptoms are unlikely to experience any long-term consequences.

However, a person who is sick with COVID-19 may be worried about any long-term effects on their body. The term “long COVID” has been circulating around the world in the past two years, and that can lead to some apprehension.

Below is a guide that helps explain the best strategies for staying healthy after recovering from COVID-19.

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1. Lower Stress Levels

If you already have a lot of stress due to work, school, or family commitments, you may want to dial it back in the coming weeks. Experiencing any illness can take a toll on the body and also comes with mental strain from worrying about when you will get better.

Rather than jumping straight back into your regular routine, you may want to take slower steps in the right direction. You can take a few days off work, slowly regain your energy, and then start to tackle your work and other tasks.

If you live with other people, you can ask them to help you with chores and other errands, which would significantly lighten the load for you in the next few days and weeks.

2. Eat Better

As you recover from COVID-19, you may be thinking a lot more about your health and wellness. The primary tool we can use to improve our health is eating healthy food in the right portions.

If you are eating too much, and consuming unhealthy foods, you are likely to feel lethargic and lacking in energy. Not only does that make it harder for you to recover from an illness, but you will not feel great about yourself even if you are entirely symptom-free.

Add more fruits and vegetables to your meals and snacks, especially your main meals. Each time you are putting together a plate for lunch or dinner, at least half your plate should be vegetables, with protein and carbs making up the other half.

Eating healthier does not mean you have to give up your favorite foods, as you can still consume them in moderation. However, eating fried foods and heavily processed meals every day is not good for your health.

3. Get Moving

Along with eating better, you should also pay a lot of attention to how much you are exercising. When you are more active, you are in a better state, both physically and mentally.
Exercising does not have to mean you spend one hour lifting weights and sprinting on the treadmill every single day. Even if you are going out for a walk for 30 to 45 minutes, you are moving your body and staying active.

Those who have not worked out very often in the past few years should slowly ease back into being fitter and more active. If you are overweight, you should be careful before running or doing vigorous exercises, as you may damage your joints. You may want to stick with walking or light jogging for the first few weeks of your new routine.

4. Sleep More

A lot of people are unaware that getting at least six to eight hours of sleep is a vital aspect of living a healthy life. Those recovering from an illness must be getting even more rest, as your body needs time to recover and fight off the disease that has taken over inside.

You should be getting ample rest in these coming days and weeks as you fight off COVID-19 and slowly feel symptom-free. Even when you feel 100 percent healthy, you should improve your sleep routine if you were not getting enough rest in the past.

Try to start your nighttime routine a little earlier, and avoid having any distractions such as your laptop, tablet, or smartphone near you when lying down to sleep.

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A Slow Road to Recovery

Do not panic if you are still experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 a few days after testing positive. Every person’s body is different, and because it is taking yours some time to fight off the illness does not mean you will get sicker or experience months of symptoms.

Start eating healthier, be more active, get enough rest, and limit your stress in the coming days, weeks, and months. Not only will you successfully fight off the virus, but you will feel better and healthier than you did in the past.

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Dr. Sarah Brewer, MSc, MA, RN

Dr. Sarah Brewer is qualified from Cambridge University with degrees in Natural Sciences, Medicine, and Surgery. She is an award-winnin

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