Sun Therapy

If you can go outside, even for a walk around your home, make use of that. It is extremely important to get some sunlight absorption in your body, as it prevents depression and sluggishness while ensuring a healthy level of melatonin and serotonin in your brain.

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Not much is happening in self-isolation. So why are you still so tired?

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Screens

We are keeping ourselves mentally and physically exhausted at one go by staring at screens, as the blue light affects our eyes and brain, while the content affects our mind.

One idea is to just keep yourself updated with credible news sources once a day.

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Take Care of Your Diet

The lockdown has increased the sales of chips, popcorn, and processed food, while fresh produce (fruits and veggies) are rotting. 

Restricting high-calorie and sugary foods from your diet, while ensuring you don’t eat all day is the key to lose weight and gain energy. It would also be great to eat lots of green vegetables.

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Alcohol and liquor sales have shot up around 65 percent during the pandemic, leading to many of those in lockdown experiencing disturbed sleep and hangovers.

It may not be easy to avoid alcohol altogether but is a good idea to minimize it. Switch to tea when you have a craving for alcohol while keeping yourself mentally occupied.

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Having a new routine can be refreshing for a few days but it gets hard to maintain it.

It is imperative that we stick to a routine, shower, and dress every day, preferably waking up early, and at the same time.

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.. are affecting our mental health. It is better to take everything with a pinch of salt, and not to get carried away. Keep questioning the stories you hear and keep a sane mind.

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Exhausted In Isolation

Due to the lockdown, tens of millions of people are sheltered at home, all across the world. There is a lack of routine, emotional insecurity, poor nutrition and alcohol/substance abuse, leading to a collective mental and physical exhaustion.

Fatigue can also happen even if your sleep is adequate, as it’s the isolation and the strange combination of boredom and anxiety that make us unhealthy.

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A Restful Environment

Your bedroom should feel like a sleep oasis — stress and distraction-free.

  1. The ideal room is cool and dark. Between 60 and 67 degrees, and the darker the better.
  2. Peace and quiet make for bedroom bliss. 74% of Americans think that quiet is crucial for getting good sleep.
  3. Choose the bedding (and sleep position) that’s best for you. A comfortable mattress is essential for good sleep.
  4. Declutter your bedroom. A messy room could cause sleep disorders.
  5. Pick the perfect pillow. Look for ones that are hypoallergenic.

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How to sleep better: 15 science-backed tips

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How alcohol affects sleep

A lot of the symptoms associated with a hangover are a product of sleep deprivation.

Alcohol affects our ability to get into what is known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, the bulk of which occurs in the last two-thirds of the night. As a rule of thumb, it takes about an hour to metabolize one unit of alcohol, so if you have a 250ml glass of wine at 7 pm it will mostly be out of your system by 10.30pm.

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Putting sleep myths to bed: experts answer the questions that keep you awake at night

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Mindfulness In Sleep

Sleep heals our mind and body, but in today’s fast-paced and distracted world, many people are sleep deprived, wreaking havoc on their attention spans, mood and brain functioning. Less sleep also results in weight gain, distress and risk of insomnia.

Mindfulness, or meditation/movement techniques that cultivate awareness and aid rest can tame our never-ending thought patterns, calming our minds for a better sleep.

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The Ultimate Guide to Mindfulness for Sleep - Mindful

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