You may be thinking “Well, that summer body we all “worked” on during the winter just went up in flames.” My beloved beaches are closed and with this [virus] likely ending mid-summer, we are all struggling to avoid shoving brownies and cookies down our throats to cope with our feelings. When we are stressed, we tend to emotionally eat – plain and simple. I want to give you some tips and encouragement to help you from overeating and stimulate mental health during this stressful time.
- Create Structure. I have been saying this to my clients all week. The #1 thing you should do every morning is plan your day. Write down the tasks you want to accomplish around the house and yard. I also have a TOP 5 task list. The things I do not necessarily want to do, but know I must do. I also strongly encourage you to set a sleep and wake time and take the effort to get dressed each day if you are continuing to work from home. This has tremendously helped my mindset.
- Exercise. If you were exercising regularly before the quarantine, you need to continue to do so now. I have continued an early morning routine and continued similar patterns to which I would go to the gym. Maybe you weren’t physically active before the quarantine. What a great time to begin! Remember the time you’d normally be commuting to work or running errands? Now you can exercise. I have absolutely loved the #OrangetheoryatHome workouts that can be done within your home with items laying around your house.
- Choose Healthy Snacks. Check out my last blog on what healthy snacks to grab on your next grocery story run or delivery.
- Do not eat snacks out of the bag. Portion control is key! You may also take small snack size Ziploc bags to portion snacks according to servings on the food label.
- Allow yourself one treat per day. For me, it’s a glass of Scout & Cellar Clean Crafted Wine.
- Meditate or pray. We are accustomed to our normal busy schedules so what a gift this time is to slow down and reflect.
- Connect with others. Use ZOOM a free platform, to have a girl’s night enjoying wine around the computer screen.
- Read or listen to an audio book. I am currently reading Chase the Lion (again) by Mark Batterson.
- Put down social media & the news for a few hours. I also strongly encourage a social media detox or fast once a week. I learned this from a close friend and we both take Sunday’s off from social media apps.
- Take a bubble or salt bath. There’s nothing better than the soothing smell of lavender in the bath.
If you need accountability for some structure during this time, please reach out to us and we can help you focus on personalized health coaching.