As we move into 2 months of being in lock-down, many of us are finding our routines have been completely disrupted and we are forced to adapt. Finding a new system among these difficult times may come easier to some than others. Here are some tips that may help you develop or refine your existing habits during isolation.
Make time for exercise. With many gyms closed many Americans are kicking into high gear renovating their homes and garages to make space for a gym. Gym equipment is sold out across the internet and many people are feeling disappointed that they won’t be able to keep making progress. This enough would want to make many of us to give up on exercising altogether. However, that is the last thing you want to do right now. It’s time for a perspective shift. What can you do rather than what you cannot. Whether that means shifting your focus to body weight, running, or something like yoga, it is important that you will enjoy it! Aim to get at least 30 minutes of activity daily!
Stick to a schedule. Just like you may do for work, make a schedule for the tasks that you need to complete that day, then prioritize them by importance. This might look different for all of us. Maybe you write it down on a notepad and check it off as you go or you can pop it in a google calendar. If you don’t stick to your schedule 100% it’s ok. This is not the point. Just do your best and you are already winning by making a list in the first place.
Get enough sleep. You may find you are getting plenty of sleep now that you’re working from home or you may find yourself hooked to watching TV til midnight and then waking up feeling sluggish and tired. Aim to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Remember sleep is like debt, it accumulates and you want to make up for it especially if you are finding you are still tired after a full night of sleep.
Meal Prep. We are home right now. Why on earth would you want to meal prep right now? The answer to that is convenience! Having healthy food prepared ahead of time, means it’s easier for you to make better choices. I recommend cooking your proteins ahead of time to easily add to a salad or in a wrap or by itself as a snack. Protein is important in each meal as it helps us feel full longer. You can also bake veggies and carbs like sweet potatoes ahead of time to easily access nutrition food.
Drink your H20. As the weather changes and it gets warmer many of us forget to drink water and don’t realize we are dehydrated until it’s too late. Aim to drink half your bodyweight in ounces daily and more if you are active. Can’t stand water? Infuse your water with mint, lemon, essential oils etc. to give it a flavor boost and a nutritional boost too!
Self care. We’ve all heard the phrase “You can’t take care of others if you don’t care for yourself.” Taking care of ourselves not only allows us to be more present for the work for life, but it’s crucial during these times. Making time to exercise, to eat right to do things you enjoy will take you a long way during these challenging times.
The power of a positive mind. Staying positive during these times may be harder said then done. According to Tonyrobbins.com, “The first step is realizing it’s all up to you. When you become the master of your emotions, you can always determine your mindset regardless of outside influences. Taking responsibility for how you think, act and feel allows everything in your life to fall into place. Sometimes you can’t control life’s events – but you can control how you react to them. Once you empower yourself to change what’s in your control – you – then you’re ready for these seven ways to embrace the power of positive thinking. “