Are you feeling tired and less motivated to eat well and exercise even though you have plenty of time while staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This is not uncommon during times of uncertainty and stress, but there are still ways you can weave wellness into your daily activities.
Get a good night's sleep.
Make it a priority to go to bed around the same time each night - close to the time you typically would when you're not working from home. Experts recommend a full 7 to 9 hours of sleep, which is the amount most healthy adults need for optimal performance during the day. Without the time for commuting, consider a slower start to your day to ease some of the stress.
Practice daily meditation.
It doesn't have to be a formal practice. It can simply be 5 to 10 minutes of intentional focus, during which you calm your mind and minimize random thoughts. There are many forms of meditation, but most recommend a quiet setting, a comfortable position, focused attention and an open attitude. Over time, this can improve your sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and lessen fatigue.
There are also free meditation apps you can try.
Exercise is a crucial part of staying healthy, especially during stressful times. You don't need to do a full-body workout every day to reap the benefits of exercise. There are many online exercise programs, especially on YouTube, for everything from intense routines and yoga to dancing and aerobics.
Consider taking a walk or go for a bike ride - all while following social distancing guidelines. In
addition to being physically active, you'll also get a change of scenery from your home office, which can boost your mood.
Mix it up - do different things on different days, and even try something new that you've never tried before. Just do something you enjoy or else you may be less likely to keep it up.
Maintain a healthy diet.
Maintaining a healthy diet is another very important aspect of wellness, even more so during a pandemic. With fewer options to dine out, this could be a welcome chance to try preparing more of your own meals.
No need for elaborate meal plans; just try more whole foods including fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains, and less meat and processed foods.
There are a variety of cooking shows online and recipes would keep you entertained with as much or as little variety as you want. Plus food preparation can be a fun family activity.
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