Where all experiencing a lot of changes right now, but here’s what you can do to help to keep your health and spirits up.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health
I’m putting this before any physical exercise or healthy eating tips, I truly think it’s one of the most important things you can do for your health right now, especially as we go into the weeks and possibly months (washing hands and avoiding crowds and sick people, also critical).
These can be stressful times, and you had no way to prepare for this. If news coverage is stressing you out, keep a timer on when to shut it off or switch off your news notifications on your phone. Take a breath, or go for a walk.
Nourishing Your Body
People often think of eating healthy as nothing but kale salads and green smoothies. Processed foods the type people have been stocking up on, have their place in your diet. Especially when they’re easier to store and stock up. Frozen fruit and shelf-stable milk can turn into a nutritious smoothie. Add some carrot sticks or fruit and you’ve got yourself a snack without feeling bloated. Keep your immunity levels high by getting quality sleep (aim for 7-8), plenty of fruit and veg and adequate amounts of water.
Walk or run outside and a lot of fitness providers are offering online home training.
Consider a Schedule
I am a fan of schedule and structure. However, for many of us—especially for people who aren’t used to that way with their eating and exercise—it can be tricky with having your home office next to your pantry. Taking regular breaks for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and workouts can add some routine to your days, especially as they start to blend together. While you’re at it, make a schedule for your day. I’ve seen plenty of home schedules for kids, but adults can benefit too. Just remember, not every day is going to be the same and not every meal and snack will fill you up in the same way. A flexible schedule will be the key here.
The Bottom Line
We’re all figuring this out as we go along. Personally, I’m trying to focus on what I can control and use the time productively. I know I’ll be eating a bit more packaged food, keeping active training our clients online and schedule my own workouts- in whether at home or outdoors.