If you’re like me, and passionate about following a healthy lifestyle, your life has been turned upside down by the COVID 19 outbreak. Work is different. Fitness is different. Social life is on social media, and Social distancing is the new norm.
Like the rest of the world I am a creature of habit. When I was asked to self-quarantine and work from home it disrupted my routine and created anxiety. For those not used to working remotely full-time, doing so has proved to be a challenging time–working away from colleagues, makeshift desks, sharing office space and not knowing what lies ahead. Then I began thinking about life as I knew it, and how my daily habits and routines needed to change so I could return to a sense of normalcy.
Through these unprecedented times I’ve had a lot of mixed feelings and have worked extra hard to manage my emotions and those waves of panic, particularly when seeing news headlines every day.
I realized that now more than ever how we needed to focus on staying as healthy as possible both physically and mentally. So, I sat down to make a list of all the things within my control and that would help me to make sense of it all.
Here are some of tips for everyone:
- Practice breathing techniques to release stress. Taking a longer exhale than inhale can help calm the body. A 2:1 ratio (inhale to the count of 4, exhale to the count of 8-slowly)
- Spend a few minutes stretching in the morning. 5-10 minutes is enough to improve flexibility and clear the mind.
- Make time for the outdoors. Spend some time — even if only a few minutes — outdoors every day. If you have a deck or a park in the area, that’s great. If the weather is terrible or you live in an apartment, open a window for a few minutes and let that fresh air in!
- Maintain physical activity. Our physical health affects our mental health as well. With that said, I hope you are following us on our JCC Rockland At Home Workouts Facebook page and participating in the large variety of workouts created by some of your favorite instructors.
- Stay resilient. Try to stay positive and master your emotions before they manage you.
- Create structure. Structure can help us cope with change and have a sense of control.
- Stay connected. Use all the media available to us today to stay connected with loved ones and those who you have not seen in a while.
- Work on personal goals. Have you been thinking of taking up a new hobby? Learning a new language? or taking an online course? This is the perfect time!
- Limit the use of Social media- Stay connected and stay informed but limit the amount of news you listen to every day and the use of social media.
So my friends….stay well, stay motivated, and stay strong. Soon we will be together again!