“It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.”

3 min readMay 19, 2020


Joseph Pilates said the above quote. Today marks the start of the Mental health week and in these times when our lives are significantly impacted by Corona, I would like to share the top 5 things that can keep us strong, emotionally, mentally, and Physically.

Here are my top 5 things that can help keep us in shape

1) Focus on your body

Never in our lives, we will get an opportunity to work without travelling — with those extra hours in hand start focusing on your body. Household help not available will get you started and your first step might be — mopping, dusting, and washing utensils. Stretching and breathing are great to start your day.

Using Uber eats, Swiggy, Deliveroo has become our second nature. Use the quarantine time to eat healthy home-cooked food. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water. Avoid smoking and try not to drink too much alcohol.

2) Connect with others

Staying in touch with loved ones is key for mental wellbeing and health. Physical isolation is mandatory and thanks to technology phones, video calls, conference calls we can still stay engaged and connected with our friends and family.

Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too. It is important to share how you feel with others you trust. Share your worries as they might be going through the same.

3) Spend time on what you always wanted to do- Keep your mind active

Invest time in the things that you always wanted to do and never had time for — learning a new language, dancing with your partner, writing a book, etc… these will give you a sense of fulfilment and keep you engaged positively.

4) Sleep well

It is important to have a sleeping routine, it is easy to get carried away watching Netflix till late at night. Try and sleep at the same time and wake up at the same time, 6- 8 hours of sleep is essential for the body to recover.

5) Do not stay glued to the news

Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading, or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.

Also, read stories from trusted and reputed sources — so that the information is factual and correct.

These 5 I use in my day to day life as well to stay healthy, physically, and mentally.

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