Millions of people have been forced to move home indefinitely for the good of the public. The public priority is now to stay healthy, support your family, and keep the healthcare system from being overloaded. The slew of changes can feel overwhelming. But, when there is a disruption to our daily habits, we have a tremendous opportunity to create new ones. For this reason, the Saville Health and Wellness Committee brainstormed a few ways we can all practice healthy habits at home during this time. Try to implement some of these ideas into your own home for the next few months, and beyond.
We all struggle to maintain our levels of fitness while working long office hours. With gyms now closed, a new wrinkle is added to the challenge. Here’s how we’re dealing with the change:
Be creative in implementing these activities. If you have a large open space in your home maybe you and your family can do a workout together. But remember, if you’re starting a new activity and it causes pain, not soreness – find a modification that works or explore other activities.
This is an area that will be greatly disrupted. While some restaurants will deliver, and others still allow takeout, we can’t go out to grab a bite to eat like we used to. This can be a positive influence though as it’s difficult to find a healthy meal out. It’s unrealistic to completely remake your eating routines overnight, but doing so slowly and incrementally with new habits can have a long term impact. Here are some of our tips:
Add one fruit or vegetable to every meal. Vegetables especially provide us with nutrients, fiber, and fill us up without the calories.
Add some kind of protein to every meal. Lean proteins will keep you full and strong.
Replace starchy snacks with fruits and vegetables.
The state of our grocery stores will be a challenge moving forward as well. If you have a compromised immune system, you’ll want to avoid them as much as possible. Buying in bulk is your only option. If you’re able to make a weekly visit, consider others when making your purchases. Buying out a section of the grocery store means that our healthcare workers, who are working overtime now, will find empty shelves when they do their shopping.
This may be the single most important aspect of staying sane the next couple months.
Like staying active, these are activities that can be implemented with the support of your household. The more buy-in you have around you, the more successful you’ll be in building habits. It’s vitally important to keep well rested. Staying energized and productive is one of the best way to fight stress and stay focused.