The 30 Worst Habits When Stuck Indoors

Protect yourself from the virus—and worse—by following this doctors' advice.

By Kate Walker | April 27, 2020

How different is that for you? Are you dressed today? Did you train? Or are you an important employee and afraid to bring the virus home - to read from your workplace? No matter where you are during a coronavirus epidemic, you want your home to be safe. This is why it is so important to read this important list of 30 ways you can ruin the health of your home.1

You're Not Taking off Your Shoes

Fitness sport woman in fashion sportswear lacing sport footwear for running

"Walking on this surface of your home increases the risk of harmful bacteria and allergens that run over the surface of the home and enter the membrane after you touch your eyes, nose or mouth," says Dr. Candace Rezkowski.

The Rx: Take them off immediately, or else you risk spreading coronavirus in your home!


You're Overshopping

Woman with MacBook and iPhone Internet shopping service eBay on the screen

"Boredom and easy access to online buying, along with increased stress and anxiety, can lead to overspending," says Dr. Leann Poston

The Rx: We buy because we feel we have control. Buy What You Want One way to expose yourself is to remember that each delivery puts the other person at risk because the deliverers are exposed to the virus. Up to 4.


You're Becoming a Night Owl

Using smart phone in dark

Have you ever slept There is a medical reason for this? If you don’t go further, stop walking in the sun and down regularly, and our day clock runs on blue light with natural sunlight that stimulates our retina and enables our pineal gland to secrete melatonin. “Melatonin is a natural pacemaker for our sleep-wake cycle,” says Dr. Marwa Sevik, a practicing neurologist and sleep specialist.

The Rx: Go out at least once a day to get some sun. And turn off your appliances an hour or two before bed. Blue light makes you think it’s the day.


You're Napping Too Much

Woman sleeping in bed

Dr. “We have a natural nap around 12-30 o’clock at night that can bring drowsiness or drowsiness with a heavy lunch,” says Cvejic. "Of course, when you take a nap, you're sabotaging your sleep drive for a unified night's sleep."

The Rx: Although your bed is now your desk and your home theater, don't use it.


You're Watching the News

Women is watching news on a global tv channel

Psychiatrist Dr. “When people make the biggest mistake in self-isolation, they see the coronavirus twenty-four hours a day,” says  Dr. Carole Lieberman. "They persuade people because of the sensational news that they are all killing each other!"

The Rx: Be aware, but find balance. "The clock shows you laughing instead of the news that makes you cry," she advises.


You're Buying Comfort Food

Sad woman eating ice cream

"When the epidemic is over, a major problem of obesity in our country will be that it is no longer the case." Says Lieberman. "This new painful eating time will grow when we turn to foods that are fond of our childhood memories - such as chocolate, pizza, ice cream, and cakes."

The Rx: "Try to store fresh fruits and vegetables instead," he advises a healthy fat and high protein diet. Because shopping these days is so difficult, you are less likely to buy chips.


You're Taking Unnecessary Risks

A brown hair girl sitting in a public park wearing protection mask calling friends and family for updates and news with her mobile phone

The family doctor of Bethany Medical, Dr. "Dandruff, saliva, cockroaches live, pollen, bacteria, and viruses accumulate in our homes and cause indoor air quality due to infections, allergy symptoms, and other health risks," says Shirin Peters. New York Clinic.

Dr. “We usually buy long-lasting food indoors, which is often highly processed food,” says Peter.

The Rx: Self-isolation is really an opportunity to focus on your health. Distribute regular meals with ingredients that you can pronounce.


You're Not Getting Fresh Air


"Pet dandruff, saliva, cockroaches live, pollen, bacteria, and viruses accumulate in our homes and cause indoor air quality, leading to infections, allergic symptoms, and other health risks." Shirin Peters, a general practitioner at Beth's Medical Clinic in New York.

The Rx: "Open a window or buy an air purifier to solve this problem."


You're Eating Processed Foods

Couple having fast food on the couch

"When we're inside, we have to buy foods that last longer and are often highly processed foods," said Dr. Peters.

The Rx: Self-isolation is really an opportunity to focus on your health. Distribute regular meals with ingredients that you can pronounce. 


You're Worsening Your Posture

Young woman working with computer at office

Sliding in front of a computer screen from home during the day can have negative disadvantages over time. "It puts a strain on your spine. It puts a strain on the bones, muscles, and joints that you need to hold your spine," WebMD said. "Constant depression causes your internal organs to collapse and complicate the function of your lungs and intestines. Over time, it becomes more difficult to digest food or breathe enough to breathe.

RX: Find a chair that supports your back and sit on it while working (no couch). Now that you have been told, you will become more aware of it.


You're Not Moving Enough

Asian women exercising in bed in the morning

The space cutter said, "If we stay indoors we sit or lie a lot," because space is limited. Peters.

The Rx: Try a fitness app like BeachBody or Trainer Joe Wicks YouTube channel, which is a daily "P.E." Highlights. Host. Free lessons for you at home. "Movement of our body promotes blood circulation, strengthens our immune system, and improves digestion as well as mental health and the health of muscles and joints."


 You're Watching TV in Bed

young girl sits in the dark at night, enthusiastically watches TV series on laptop

"Your bed should be reserved for sleep and intimacy so you can combine your bed with sleep and reduce insomnia." Dr. Peters.

The Rx: Your TV is a separate field for a time. Tiger King is not one of your sheets.


You're Not Having Meaningful Connections

Group Friends Video Chat Connection Concept

"Shortening personal time can lead to more superficial conversations," said Dr. Peters.

“Working from home or suddenly becoming unemployed can lead to loneliness and loss of social connections,” Dr.

The Rx: "Use Skype, Zoom or Google Hangouts to connect online without increasing the risk of illness," Post to Dr.


You're Getting Too Much Screen Time

Group Friends Video Chat Connection Concept

As we've said, "Blue light emitted from our devices is similar to daylight and when we use devices in evening hours, we confuse our bodies. Use a setting on your device to limit blue light exposure," says Dr. Peters. 

The Rx: "Consider limiting screen time to 20-minute bursts with breaks where you look away at something far from you, and blink 20 times."


You're Not Washing Your Hands

The hands of a man who washes his hands with soap dispenser

You may have heard it before, but we will say it again: "You must wash your hands the first time you enter your home, to reduce the risk of getting infected with harmful bacteria and allergens from outside or other places you visit." .. Raczkowskisaid.

The Rx: "Your hands should be washed with soap and warm water for 20 to 30 seconds so that you can clean the weaving marks, fingers, and toes thoroughly."


You're Grazing on Your Food

Work space with laptop, candies and woman hands

The director of bariatric surgery at Northwell Health-Huntington Hospital, "Eating small amounts of food over and over again throughout the day can define Pasteur," says Dr. David Buchin. "It's usually caused by boredom or fear."

The Rx: Stick in three square meals with two snacks in between. Make sure everyone is high in protein and fiber.


You're Not Exercising

woman walking in park

Dr. Poston says: "Closing down gyms and health clubs can cause people to lose the ambition to exercise every day. A daily routine helps people do things they can't look forward to."

The Rx: "A lot of gyms, clubs, and YouTube offer exercise videos that help you maintain your regularity. Walk around your neighborhood - keep your distance."


You're Lacking a Sleep Schedule

woman sleepy at 9.00 p.m. for good health

 "An unorganized schedule can lead to irregular sleeping habits," the posts say. "Sleep deprivation can increase cortisol levels, a stress hormone that can negatively affect your immune system."

The Rx: Go to bed at the same time every day. The iPhone alarm app provides a function that will help you do this.


You're Gaining Weight

Male feet on glass scales, men's diet, body weight, close up, man stepping up on scales

“When new students gain weight due to lack of time schedule and low activity, they get into the habit of a job that requires physical activity and they now sit all day or crawl pounds while working in front of the computer. Hoy, " Says Dr. Postan.

The Rx: Our advice on proper exercise and eating ensures that your weight is healthy.


You're Not Drinking Water

Close up focus on female hand holding glass african woman drinking still water

“Used refrigerators can lead to a choice of sugary drinks and sodas over water,” says Poston. "Drink your drink in a drink-free environment. Many people are more aware of drinking water when drinking in a work environment."

The Rx:Buy a soda stream and satisfy your soda with a healthy, clean, homemade sludge.


You're Procrastinating

Woman writing a 'to do list' at her desk with a cup of fresh coffee

"If you feel like you have unlimited time to get your work done, you may find it difficult to do your work when you have a busy schedule," says Dr. Postan.

The Rx: Make and do a to-do list - but you don't have to conquer the world every day. Take small bites, otherwise, you will drown out the pressure to do.


You're Lacking This Key Vitamin

Vitamin D

"Vitamin D helps maintain calcium and phosphorus levels in the blood, contributes to strengthening teeth and bones, supports the immune system, and reduces inflammation," says Dr. Postan.

The Rx: Twenty minutes of sunlight twice a week can help maintain adequate vitamin D levels. “If that’s not the case, try supplements,” he says.


You're Stressing Yourself Out

stressed woman

"When you're inside all the time, you can program compelling email reviews and news. Give yourself a break from the news," D said. Says Poston.

The Rx: "To naturally reduce your stress, but spend some time outdoors but stay away from people."


You're Drinking Alcohol

Man relaxing with bourbon whiskey drink alcoholic beverage in hand and using mobile smartphone

"Some people are drinking too much alcohol to try to escape from being aware of reality," says Dr. Lieberman. 

The Rx: "There is really no need for alcohol during isolation, which takes enough of a toll on the body and mind. The best way to avoid overindulging is not to bring any alcohol into the house to begin with."


You're Getting Overuse Injuries

male arms holding his painful wrist

According to WebMD, "Meditation is a simple technique that, when practiced for 10 minutes a day, helps control stress, reduce discomfort, improve heart health, and improve your ability to relax."

The Rx:: "Daily training of our body to achieve a state of rest can improve mood, lower blood pressure, improve digestion, and reduce daily stress." Our favorite meditation app is called Quiet.


You're Not Meditating


According to WebMD, "Meditation is a simple technique that, when practiced for 10 minutes a day, helps control stress, reduce anxiety, improve heart health and improve your ability to relax."

The Rx: "Training our body every day to achieve a state of rest improves mood, lowers blood pressure, improves digestion, and reduces everyday stress." Our favorite meditation app is called Quiet.


You're Overusing Wifi

closeup of a wireless router and a man using smartphone on living room at home ofiice

Dr. According to Lilly Kiswani, it could be "oxidative stress, damage to sperm, changes in the brain, cellular DNA damage and endocrine changes."

The Rx:: content Online content can affect you. Make a day or an hour router free.


You're Not Being Intimate

couple in live holding hads while lying in bed together

Sex is a well-known factor that can improve your mood, among other things. "Staying close to your partner" can "relieve stress and discomfort," according to WebMD. Sexual arousal releases brain chemicals that display your brain's pleasure and reward system. "

The Rx:: If you have a partner, don't get into an unwanted pattern. Make time for intimacy because you make time for food and water.


You're Not Cleaning Your Humidifier

Hand turn on aroma oil diffuser on the bedside table at night at home, steam from the air humidifier

It can be quite dirty, and if you use it for a long time, mold can accumulate faster than if you stay at home all day.

The Rx:: "If you use a humidifier at home, it should be cleaned weekly with vinegar and water to create harmful bacteria and mold so that it does not enter your airways." D.R. Raczkowski.


You're Living With—or are—a Smoker

Hand stubbed out cigarette in a transparent ashtray on wooden table

Dr. "If you stay indoors, this can make it difficult to breathe, especially if there are smokers in the house," says Buchin. "Second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer for smokers and other members of the household. Smokers also suffer more from coronavirus because it is a respiratory disease.

The Rx:: Before the virus, you probably knew it was time to drop the sticks. Choose a 1-800-quit-for free plan.

And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 100 Things You Should Never Do During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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