We are weeks into adjusting to the many changes that this pandemic has caused in our lives. Some of us or our family members have lost their jobs, others are considered "essential" which continuously puts them in harm's way, grocery shopping has become a bizarre and stressful experience, we're unable to get our hands on things we deem necessary in our lives, schools have closed forcing parents to take on the job of Teacher while still working their full-time job from home, among so many other transitions.
These shifts in our life have had serious effects on our mental, physical and financial health. But now more than ever, we need to make sure we are doing our best to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy. Here are a few ways you can do so during these uncertain times:
Stay Moving! Be sure to schedule in some time to get moving every single day. Whether it's dedicating 30+ minutes to a workout, setting a reminder on your phone to get up and stretch every hour, or cleaning around the house, just stay moving.
Go outside! Spend at least 15 minutes a day getting some fresh air. Take a walk, read on your patio, enjoy your coffee/tea on the porch, or do some gardening. Let mother nature take away some of your day's stress.
Limit your consumption of the news! Having access to the news 24/7 can have severe negative effects on the body. It can increase stress & anxiety levels, disrupt sleeping patterns, and trigger poor eating habits, which can all lead to a feeling of fatigue.
Watch what you eat! Try to fuel your body with as many whole foods as possible (fruits, veggies, protein). Avoid overeating processed, fatty, and/or salty foods. This can lead you down a slippery slope especially when combined with a more sedentary lifestyle.
Remember that there will be an end to all of this! Meanwhile, do not expect perfection from yourself. Do the best you can with the circumstances presented to you. Be kind to yourself and be kind to others, we will get through this 💙
Don't forget to check-in with your friends and family members to see how they are doing or to help boost your own mood. Technology is definitely our friend right now, allowing us to still get that human interaction we are craving. Stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, and keep taking charge of your health.
I hope these tips help you to find more balance in your life and overall wellness during all of this. If you need more guidance or assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to us.