While we are stuck at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important to get fresh air. But the question is: how do we get it? Here are a few simple steps to implement to get clean, fresh air:
Most of us don't enjoy hauling around the vacuum cleaner, but it is necessary for fresh air. By vacuuming, you'll remove excess dirt and dust, leaving your surroundings fresher and cleaner.
Mattresses hold much more dirt than most of us realise. Mattresses are a sponge for dead skin particles, hair and dust, providing the perfect breeding ground for dust mites. So, give your mattress a good clean every now and then, you can do this by vacuuming it and by letting it air out. And, don't forget to wash your bedding!
Getting some plants is a great way to ensure your home has plenty of fresh air. If you are't lucky enough to have a garden, get some pot plants for your home. Tip: invest in a Spekboom. This plant fights air pollution and purifies air, so it's good for you and the environment.
When the inevitable loadshedding hits, try to avoid lighting candles. Instead, use LED of solar lighting. Also, avoid burning wood, as the smoke it gives off is not very good for the air.
Smoking causes a lot of air pollution and sticks to clothing and furniture. So, to keep the air indoors fresh and clean, limit smoking to the outside of the house.
As pleasing as it can be sometimes, an air con is not your best option. The harsh reality is that the air is not fresh and can be hazardous to those with respiratory illnesses.
Opening the window is a simple, yet effective way to get fresh air as is allows clean air to circulate throughout the house.
Dust all surfaces regularly to avoid unnecessary dust in the air.
When it comes to the Coronavirus and illnesses in general, prevention is better than cure. Now is the time to replace any bad habits with good ones in order to boost your immune system and prevent yourself from getting sick. We have a list of some easy things you can do to boost your immune system:
Most of us don't eat nearly enough fruit and vegetables. By simply including more of these wholesome foods into your daily diet, you can boost the amount of natural vitamins and minerals your body absorbs. Getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals is essential to help your immune system fight off colds, flu and the Coronavirus.
Not all of us enjoy exercising, but this is one of the best ways to ensure your body can fight off any viruses. You can incorporate exercise into your daily routine by simply taking a walk around your property or doing at-home yoga, Pilates or other forms of exercise.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do to boost your immune system and this is the best time to try and up your water intake. If you don't like the taste of water, you can flavour it with slices of lemon, oranges, cucumber, strawberries or even some crushed mint. You can also drink lightly sweetened tea.
Joburg is a city that never sleeps. But now is the time to change that. If you want to boost your immune system, it is important to get your full eight hours of sleep a day. An hour before you go to bed, switch off all your electronic devices and try to relax. You can do this by taking a nice bubble bath or reading a good book.
Many of us are panicking about the Coronavirus and how it will affect us. In order to boost your immune system, you need to reduce your stress levels as much as possible. A great way to do this is to not panic about things out of your control. Stay informed on the latest news of the virus, but don't overwhelm yourself with content.
Hygiene is more important now than ever before. In order to prevent contracting this disease, new hygiene practices must be implemented, such as avoiding physical contact. This is also a great time to stock up on a few items to help avoid the spread of COVID-19.
Items to stock up on:
Do you have any suggestions on how to boost your immune system? Let us know about them in the comments section below!
*We are not medical professionals, this article is intended as a guide only. Always consult a medical practitioner.