At a time when social distancing is the new reality, it is easy to feel alone and disconnected. That is why it is important now more than ever to practice self-care, finding balance between staying informed while taking time to unplug and reset. Here are some tips to accomplish a healthy ‘quarantine.’
Stress and uncertainty can lead to emotional eating. Combat this by identifying and accepting the emotions that you try to soothe or boost with food. How can you feed your feelings without food? Consider exercise, soaking in the tub, deep breathing or reading a book. Call a supportive family member or friend. Avoid grazing throughout the day. Eat when you are hungry, rather than when you are bored.
Just because you have to stay home doesn’t mean you cannot keep moving. There are a variety of exercises that can be done from the couch or a chair. Search online for free streaming workouts and classes. No equipment? Use household items: a 16-ounce can of soup or beans is one pound, while a 72-ounce bottle of laundry detergent is five pounds. Also consider doing sets of stair climbs. No matter what type of movement you choose, start slow if you’re not accustomed to regular physical activity—and listen to your body.
If you have a scale, weigh yourself weekly to stay accountable to yourself and since a lot of people find that they have more time to spend in the kitchen, put on your chef’s hat and make nutritious and delicious recipes that you never had time to make before.
Incorporate more immune-boosting foods into your diet. Choosing fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel, sardines and salmon will help increase your intake of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. Citrus fruits, including oranges, lemons and grapefruit, are naturally high in vitamin C and potassium. And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water.
Finally, do some spring cleaning. Start with a drawer or closet and move on to different areas of the home. Decluttering certain areas of your home can be a great stress reliever.