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How do I improve my health during the pandemic?

We won't be able to do anything if we don't have health!

Recorded by Nguyen Thi Thu Huong



Hello everyone. My name is Nguyen Thi Thu Huong. I am from Vietnam. I came to Korea to pursue my doctoral program in September 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic had broken out in Korea as well as all over the world. As a consequence of social distancing, I did not have the opportunity to make friends and expand my social network. In the first 2 months when I came to Korea, I only went out once a week to go to the supermarket. Besides, it was my first time living far from my family, I was almost depressed. I was always thinking negatively, and almost every day I cried and felt very tired. Then, with much encouragement from my family, I tried to find my way to overcome that situation. Now, I would like to share with you guys my experience to improve both physical and mental health during the pandemic. First, I want to talk about mental health. I used to be a pessimist. Especially, since coming to Korea right at the time of the outbreak of the pandemic, I always worried about things that haven't happened yet, and I always thought about the most pessimistic situations. As a result, it made me stuck in fear and self-doubt. After that, I was fortunate to meet 2 friends who always thought positively. They always talked and thought very positively. They told me that it was a waste of time to worry about things that had not happened yet. That statement helped me wake up. Since then, I have always tried to think positively, read positive news, play more with positive people, spread positive thoughts to pessimistic people, and try to avoid negative thoughts. I set goals for each day, and when I finished my goals, I was satisfied. Second, I will talk about physical health. Honestly, I'm a lazy girl with rarely sports, so when I was in Vietnam, I often got sick 2-3 times a year. When I went to Korea, I told myself that it would be dangerous if I got sick because I didn't have anyone to take care of me. So, I have planned to exercise daily and maintain a healthy diet. Every day no matter how busy or during a stressful exam period, I always tell myself that nothing is more precious than my health, so I don't miss exercising even just a day. Every day, I practice aerobic at home for about 1 hour. On summer days, sometimes I go jogging in the stadium on my campus or play badminton with my friends. Besides, I always keep a diet rich in fruits and vegetables and drink fruit juice every week. With my determination to exercise, over the past 1 year in Korea, despite facing changes in climate and environment, especially in the extremely cold winter, I have been fortunate to always be healthy. We won't be able to do anything if we don't have health! How about you? What have you done to improve your health? I am looking forward to hearing from you!


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