LETTERS: Staying at home and feeling bored, lonely and restless during this period of shutdown?
Here are some advice of a list of things to do (some may be obvious) to improve our general health, hygiene and immunity against the coronavirus and other germs:
1. Wash your hands whenever you can and use liquid, spray or wipe sanitisers frequently and avoid touching things as much as possible (need to constantly remind ourselves).
2. First thing when get up, take 24 slow and deep breaths while sitting on your bed, do the same thing just before you sleep at night. Studies have shown that we don't or forget to breathe enough and this can lower our body immunity.
3. Before taking your breakfast, for our general health and to reduce germs in our throat region, drink at least one full glass of warm water on your empty stomach, then have a hot tea or coffee without any sugar.
4. Eat any fruits first before eating other food.
5. Take one 1000mg of Vit C every day, it has been proven many times, even by doctors in Wuhan, that Vit C helps our body's immunity against Covid-19 and flu viruses.
6. Move around your house as much as you can and exercise creatively in any way you can with the limited space in your home. Younger people who live in a double storey house should walk (not run) up and down the stairs as often as you can. Or just walk around the house.
7. After you have brushed your teeth in the morning and at night, rinse your mouth with diluted antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine, then continue to use it to:
- Gargle your throat (with higher concentration of germs) three times
Then pour out used liquid (still a potent germ killer with a bit of your own saliva) onto your cupped hands
- Next, close your eyes and use the used but still potent antiseptic liquid in your cupped hands to wash your entire face including your eyebrows. Your face is an area that is often exposed and have many germs on it,
- Then wash your face and rinse your mouth with clean water.
8. Don't forget to sleep and rest enough to boost your body immunity. De-stress by watching video (but don't sit down in one place for more than an hour), singing, listening to music, playing instruments if you can and perhaps, dancing if you like.
Stay healthy, clean, hygienic, stress-free and safe.
The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the New Straits Times