At the time of writing, the coronavirus outbreak has been going on for more than two months. It makes people feel different ways. Some feel antsy and restless. There are those who are overly concerned about the situation that they’re having trouble sleeping. Regardless of how you’re dealing with the situation, fine wine might just ease your nerves and make you feel better about the reality we’re facing.
Before you schedule wine delivery, however, take note that fine wine is best paired with a positive outlook. Here are some things to keep in mind during the pandemic.
The first trimester of 2020 has been eventful, to say the least. COVID-19 has caused people around the world to feel anxious, confused and stressed because of the uncertainty of our future, Healthwise and economically speaking. Lockdown measures and physical distancing orders also contribute to people’s restlessness. It’s no wonder that you would want to open a bottle of wine to keep you calm.
Keep in mind, however, that even though a glass of your favourite wine can help with anxiety and stress management, it won’t make the situation any less real. We’re living a challenging reality so it’s important to look after your physical and mental health. This helps protect you from getting infected with the virus.
Pamper yourself with your preferred bottle of red or white, and look after your well-being through the following:
It’s so tempting to stay in bed all day and drown yourself in comfort food while the lockdown is in place and nobody’s certain about when the coronavirus will be contained. Alternatively, you might be feeling particularly drained because of work, which has changed dramatically since the outbreak.
Be careful not to burn yourself out. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. You’ll find indicators of stress and fatigue. You might even feel heavier either because of the situation or because of being forced into a sedentary lifestyle for the time being. Address this by:
There’s no harm in opening a bottle of wine to accompany a good meal or drinking a glass at the end of particularly rough days. Just remember to balance it out with proper diet, regular exercise and a positive mindset.
Now more than ever, it’s important to keep your body fit and healthy. Learn to protect yourself from the virus and other illnesses by taking care of your body.
Few things are more relaxing than catching up with friends over a bottle of fine wine — even if you most probably have to do that through video calls until the coronavirus situation gets better. But there are other ways for you to get your mind off the crisis and its long-term implications on health and the economy.
Try clearing your mind by:
People feel anxious for different things related to the current situation and to the post-pandemic society. Some want their old routine and lifestyle back. Others are worried about health risks when restrictions and precautionary measures have been lifted. Either way, you can try these things to clear your mind.
Although some people have gotten comfortable with staying at home, it’s normal to feel restless during the lockdown. This restlessness could lead to overthinking and drawing out the worst-case scenarios, which could then lead to greater stress and anxiety. Learn to manage this with the right distractions.
A sure-fire way to help you relax is to explore your artistic side. We recommend painting or listening to music with a glass of wine on hand. Not only is it relaxing. It also stimulates your creativity.
If music or painting aren’t your style, you might want to consider:
During these uncertain times, it’s important to look at all possible silver linings. The situation is far from ideal but if you comply with precautionary measures and lockdown rules, you’ll have more time to explore your hobbies and hone your skills in the safety of your home.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a glass of wine to relieve stress, especially during these uncertain times. But while alcohol can help you make the best of the situation that the whole world faces, it’s still important for you to be mindful of your health and to maintain a strong immunity against COVID-19.
The best way to protect yourself from viruses is to stay healthy. This means making active efforts to manage stress, get adequate sleep, be physically active and maintain a proper diet. It also means limiting alcohol consumption to help keep your immune system up.
Alcohol isn’t directly related to COVID-19. Nevertheless, your alcohol consumption still contributes to how vulnerable your health is to the virus. On a fact sheet published by the World Health Organization, they stated that alcohol has both short-term and long-term effects on most body organs. And the heavier you drink, the weaker your immune system will be and the more susceptible you are to infectious diseases.
So, while you can continue stocking up on your favorite reds and whites, and sparkling and still wines, be mindful not to drink them all up. Alcohol can help you unwind at the end of a long day. It can also distract you from feeling anxious or scared because of the outbreak. But there are other ways you can loosen up.
If cooking helps keep your mind off things, you might want to consider preparing your favourite dish to accompany your choice bottle of wine. Or if you’re used to regularly spending a night out with friends, schedule a virtual hang-out so you can still enjoy a glass or two while catching up with each other.
People say that a glass of wine is healthier than a bottle of beer or a shot of vodka. There might be some truth to this statement. Red wine is associated with a more diverse population of gut bacteria, suggesting that it’s better for your body than other types of alcohol. Nevertheless, wine is still alcohol and must only be consumed in moderation. Otherwise, alcohol intake increases the likelihood of having health issues.
Doctors might remind you to drink moderately but there’s no definite “safe level” of alcohol consumption. The NHS says that drinking less than 14 units of alcohol per week counts as low risk.
When consumed in moderation, wine could contribute to a diverse gut flora. Still, a study has yet to prove that it is healthy. There also isn’t enough evidence for another common assumption about wine, which is that drinking it regularly could help you lose weight. The best thing you can do to look after your health and to stay fit is by combining a proper diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep.
Of course, it’s nice to have a glass of wine now and then. It makes you feel happy, or content in the least. That feeling contributes to lower stress levels. And peace of mind boosts your overall well-being. So, don’t hesitate to open that bottle — but maybe don’t finish it all in one go.
Bottled & Boxed stocks a fine collection of wine and we can deliver them straight to your doorstep. Our selection comes from the world’s renowned wine regions like Italy, France and Spain. Indulge in the flavours of these countries even when the outbreak makes it impossible to go there for now.
On another note, while the pandemic makes it difficult to be with loved ones and friends, let them know you’re thinking of them by sending a bottle of your mutual favourite. Whether it’s for a birthday or any other life milestone, we can have your wine gift delivered to them immediately.
Take a look at our beautiful selection of red, white and rosé today.