You may feel that your life has turned upside down during quarantine, but your physical and mental health will benefit from maintaining whatever normalcy you can through this turbulent time.
Start with the basics like going to bed, waking up, and eating meals around the same time every day.
It’s also important to not be harsh when judging your body during quarantine and a little weight gain is not so bad. As long as your meals contain three to four different food groups you should be fine because it will give you a well-rounded nutrient intake. Just be conscious of eating more nutrient-dense foods.
We all need comfort food right now. You may find yourself wanting to cook and bake more as a way to stay grounded. Smelling delicious food keeps us in the present moment, it is also a great way to build some fond food memories that your children will have of this time. Going for a quick run can keep you active and healthy, not to mention it’s a rare chance to feel like a part of your community, even if it’s from a distance. While staying six feet away from others, be sure to smile or say ‘hi’ to those you pass along the way. These are simple ways to connect with others despite physical distance, which will reduce feelings of loneliness and help you be in the present moment.
Americans need 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week. Doing things like cleaning the house for 30 minutes or doing some yard work can do the body good.
In this time, we should all think about the less privileged and people suffering from financial strain. Helping others, especially in a time like this, won’t just help them, but will also bring about your own mental satisfaction.