MCO Home Essentials: What You Need For a Healthy Home
During the Movement Control Order (MCO), most people are forced to work from home and stay indoors almost all the time. If this isn’t properly managed, it could very easily lead to an unhealthy lifestyle, especially when it’s done for weeks. Fortunately, even during the MCO, we can still maintain a good and healthy lifestyle. Here are some of the things you need at home in order to stay healthy.
It is very easy to succumb to the temptation of just ordering food delivery every time. After all, it’s very convenient, especially with multiple food delivery options these days. However, they’re not exactly cheap, and not always healthy either, so the healthiest option is still for you to cook your own meals. You should ensure that your home is stocked up with the following food items:
You don’t have to make fancy dishes all the time. Cook simple dishes with reduced carbohydrate intake to match the reduction in activity levels. That way, you will be able to keep healthy via your diet. Only if you have no other choice due to lack of access to cooking materials or utensils should you resort to ordering food delivery, but even so, you should at least ensure that the food that you order has the right nutritional values for you.
Here’s a dietician’s advice on what to stock up on at home.
For many people, working from home means having to set up a home office. This means having a desktop or laptop, as well as a decent internet connection. This is also an opportunity for home business as well since popularity for homemade food items has increased since the beginning of the MCO. Here are the following basics you need for a home office:
- Broadband internet—for internet connectivity, especially for video conferencing. You don’t need very high speeds for this unless you’re sharing the internet with someone who wants to stream Netflix at the same time, so anywhere between 30–100Mbps would already be sufficient.
- Home computer—a basic desktop or laptop with at least Windows 10 installed; consider getting a bigger monitor as well if you’re working from a laptop so you won’t have to strain your eyes looking at the small screen of the laptop.
- Mobile phone—for sending and receiving calls for work.
- Ergonomic chair—you’ll be spending most of your time sitting in the chair, best to make it ergonomic to provide better support for your back.
Even small things like a small cushion for your seat go a long way to keeping your body comfortable while you work from home.
You don’t have to spend thousands of ringgit on expensive gym equipment for your home, especially if you already don’t have enough space to keep them. You can take care of your physical health by purchasing small easy-to-store exercise objects like the following items:
- Skipping rope
Alternatively, you can get a Nintendo Switch with Ring Fit Adventure, a fitness game that comes with its own accessories to utilise the Nintendo Switch system for gamifying your real life workout sessions. There are already a number of reports of people becoming strong and fit thanks to this system, so it’s a good way to workout and be entertained at the same time.
Speaking of entertainment, it is also important to take care of your mental health, and part of what goes to maintaining it is to reduce your stress via healthy home entertainment. The Nintendo Switch offers many excellent gaming options, but there are other ways to keep yourself entertained as well. This includes things like card games or board games. While content platforms like YouTube, Netflix and the upcoming Disney Plus are viable options, it is good to also keep screen time to a minimum.
So there you have it, some home essentials for keeping healthy during the MCO. Is there anything you think we have left out? Let us know in the comments!
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