Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Staying healthy at home

Being cooped up at home during the pandemic may make you anxious, stressed, stir-crazy or lethargic. But maintaining a healthy routine can help you stay emotionally and physically fit. Today, I am sharing a few tips which may help you find ways to make your home time more healthy. These pictures have nothing to do with the post. They were taken a month ago before I chopped off my hair =) Outfit details: Dress | Sandals | Sunglasses.
Stress Management: Managing stress is crucial to health, and although it may feel impossible when stuck at home for days on end, you can create space and new habits to help manage stress. Tip: Create a space in your home where you can relax. For me, it's my closet. When I need some alone time, I can just shut the closet door. It's big enough that I can spend time in there reading, connecting with my friends on the phone or just simply relaxing.
Stay connected socially: Use virtual chats, email, the phone, and text to keep in touch with friends and family. If you know me in real time, you probably know I prefer texts over calls. However, I am starting to enjoy talking on the phone with people. I talk to my family members and friends during my daily walk and it's actually really nice to connect and catch up. I also meet up with friends twice a month for social distancing happy hours and we all looking forward to it every time.
Nutrition: Focus on eating healthy and staying hydrated. Although you may be tempted to stock up on nonperishable, it’s wise to have plenty of fruits and vegetables available. Consider fresh-frozen foods that are packed with nutrition: berries, broccoli, spinach, peas, potatoes, carrots, etc. Beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are a good source of fiber and protein, and they store well if need be. Avoid stress-eating. Be aware that you may find that boredom and stress have you reaching for snacks full of sugar and salt. Instead of stress-eating, do some exercise or have a glass of water to see if the cravings pass. I am not a healthy eater by no means but I am cautious of what I put in my body.
Exercise: Just because you are stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. There are plenty of home workouts that require nothing more than your own body weight: push-ups, squats, burpees, sit-ups, planks, jumping jacks, stair climbing, etc. Even dancing to your favorite music will get your heart pumping. You can also watch exercise videos, or yoga workouts for free on YouTube. My favorite channel is Chloe Ting. Getting outside for a walk is a great way to get both fresh air and exercise. Go for a run, or just walk the dog a few extra times each day and you can maintain your fitness level. I either run or walk every single day for the past 4 months and it does make a huge difference.
Sleep: Getting quality sleep helps your immune system which keeps you healthy. Tips: Try to turn off your screens well before bed (I am guilty of this), listen to soothing music before falling asleep and enjoy the silence (I am a huge fan of this). My kids go to their rooms between 9:00 p.m - 9:30 p.m so that I can have an hour of quiet time to myself. These healthy habits are beneficial whether you’re working from home or not. But in times of stress, paying attention to your health is especially important.

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