Published: September 4, 2020
It feels like our world has been turned upside down for far too long. We’re adapting to new routines such as working from home, homeschooling, quarantining, and mandatory masks, and some days may just feel like you are just getting by, much less being healthy. We’re here to show you that you are probably making a lot of healthy choices without even realizing it!
1. Mindful Eating
Check-in with yourself. Are you eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you are full? Simple, yet having that self-control is key to healthy living. While we are running around, we might forget to eat until we’re starving – and then we tend to overeat. Or worse, since we are home, we might find ourselves mindlessly eating in front of the TV. If you find yourself falling victim to these habits, take a moment to assess why you’re falling into these habits and figure out what your body wants, what it needs, when it needs it. Try scheduling your meals, and taking them outside with a good book or your favorite podcast.
2. Eating the Rainbow
While sometimes they might not feel healthy – we bet your meals are looking pretty colorful. A diverse, colorful diet ensures that you’re more likely to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need. This is even more true if your diet includes rich whole, unprocessed foods, which tend to be more nutrient-dense than processed foods.
Gyms and studios look different these days. Maybe you aren’t even able to get to them because you are with the kids all day. However, the beauty of movement is that it can be done anywhere with anyone! Are you walking more with your family? Taking the stairs more than before? Trying online fitness classes? Or simply taking up a new hobby, such as bike riding or rollerblading – a quarantine favorite? If you’re doing anything that involves moving you’re body, you are moving!
4. Sleeping Enough
Are you finding that you are going to sleep earlier and waking up earlier without the need of the alarm clock? That means you are sleeping enough! Getting at least 8 hours of sleep has been found to help strengthen your immune system and possibly lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, obesity, stroke, and diabetes.
5. Assessing Your Emotions
Quarantine has tested everyone’s emotion. It’s normal to feel angry, upset, anxious and depressed. A good sign of emotional well-being is embracing all of those emotions and recognizing they are temporary. These are stressful times, so it’s important to recognize when the stress is coming and find strategies to manage those feelings. We suggest breathing and taking a walk can help you deal with it and move on.
No matter what, remember that health is not a one-size fits all approach, it is individualized. If you’re concerned for your health — or you’re just curious about where you stand — be sure to consult your doctor.
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