The last time we consulted Villa Stéphanie’s Dr König was in January, when no one imagined we would be facing such strict quarantine measures and travel restrictions now, just a few months later. Maintaining the body and mind is vital during this challenging time. Dr König has weighed in with his 8 holistic tips for staying healthy while on lockdown.
- Maintain a daily routine
At a time when uncertainty prevails, it is very important to develop and keep up a daily routine. A regular schedule brings a sense of stability that is good for your mental health and can encourage you to adopt healthy habits that reduce stress.
There are many different approaches to meditation, but most of them are rooted in the same basic principle: fully experiencing the present moment without judgment. Clinical trials around the world have shown that meditation reduces stress and improves concentration and sleep. And you don’t have to be an expert…just five minutes per day with the help of a guided meditation is enough to feel the positive benefits. The key is regular practice!
Regular exercise helps boost energy, reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. A training routine that includes endurance, strength, balance and flexibility exercises is optimal. There is a lot you can do to stay fit at home, and if you can take it outdoors while keeping your distance from others, even better!
- Eat balanced meals
Keeping up a regular routine includes eating three balanced meals per day to support immune function. Dr König recommends adopting a whole food, plant-driven diet with as little processed food as possible. Focus on fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, cold-pressed oils, avocado) and clean proteins to achieve a good balance. And for the occasional sweet treat, try these delicious energy balls!
- Limit social media scrolling
The jury is out on prolonged social media consumption: it is negative for mental health. The information overload that comes from long periods of scrolling social media accounts creates unnecessary stress. Discipline yourself and limit your intake to one hour per day. You can use the extra free time to discover a great book!
- Distance yourself physically, not socially
It is very important to stay indoors and out of close proximity to others at this time. However, that doesn’t mean that you should lose your connections to friends and family. Take your meetings online and organise a weekly virtual happy hour to stay in touch with your loved ones from a distance.
- Prioritise oral hygiene
Dr König is a major proponent of oral hygiene as a gateway to better overall health. He recommends adding two practices to your daily routine after brushing: oil pulling and tongue scraping.
Oil pulling involves swishing 1 tbsp of olive, sesame or coconut oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes per day, preferably first thing in the morning. This practice removes harmful bacteria from the mouth, which can produce a cascade of health benefits including reducing inflammation in the body, improving sinuses and alleviating allergies.
Tongue scraping removes unwanted particles from the surface of the tongue. This simple technique can alleviate bad breath, improve internal organ function and aid digestion. Dr Konig recommends using a copper tongue scraper twice per day, morning and evening.
- Sleep well
If nothing else, the best thing you can do for your health and wellbeing right now is to get quality sleep. Good sleep hygiene consists of going to bed and waking up at roughly the same times every day and getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Keeping a healthy sleep schedule allows your body and mind to recuperate from the stressors of the day and supports immune function to help fight off infections.
Dr König’s advice is always welcome, especially when wellness weekends at Villa Stephanie must be put on hold. What holistic health practices are helping you feel your best while on lockdown? Let us know in the comments!