5 Steps to Maintaining Your Well-Being
Though most of us may be stuck indoors for the foreseeable future, maintaining our health will help us get through. Need a game plan? We’ve compiled five tips to cultivating a healthy mind and body amidst cabin fever.
1. Drink water
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again! The first step in your journey to health is to guzzle your fair share of H2O.
We suggest knocking back 64-100 ounces a day. How? You ask. Start your mornings with an 8-ounce glass, then keep sipping as the day goes on.
We know what you’re thinking. Water is boring! But it doesn’t have to be! Spice it up with some lemon and lime, infuse it with your favorite fruit overnight or try sparkling water. Voilà! You’re hydrated.
Pro-tip! Invest in a reusable water bottle and keep track of your refills. We love these 32oz Nalgene jugs. To reach your 64-ounce goal, simply fill these babies two times throughout the day!
2. Implement a sleep schedule
You may be working from home, but sticking to a schedule will help you keep your sanity. This includes keeping a regular sleep schedule! Shoot for 7-9 hours a night. Try going to sleep around the same time every night and waking up at a set time every morning. For a deep night’s rest, put away the electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bed (yes, that includes your phone)! Remember, your bed is for sleep. Watch TV, do work and play on the computer elsewhere. We don’t want to sound like your mother, but don’t forget to make 👏your 👏bed👏 upon rising. By accomplishing this task in the morning, you’re sending a message to your brain to keep up the momentum and conquer the day!
One common reason many people implement meditation into their routines is to reduce stress (something most of us could do, these days).
Meditation comes with a host of additional health benefits including improved memory and concentration, reduced blood pressure, higher immunity and lower depression and anxiety.
Need another reason to clear your mind? It has been suggested that meditation may help with weight loss. Through mindfulness training, or learning how to let go of negative thoughts, you can teach yourself to quit eating when you’re not hungry.
To get started, check out this guided meditation video by local Mindfulness and Meditation Coach, Felipe Munoz.
4. Exercise at Home
Keeping our bodies moving is essential to maintaining mental and physical health.
Although you can’t go to the gym right now, there are several local fitness studios offering online yoga, strength training, cardio and bodyweight workouts that you can complete in your living room. (Bonus! You’re supporting local small businesses, who need your help now more than ever.)
To see our full list, click here: https://bit.ly/PcolaOnlineWorkout
5. Get outside
We may be encouraged to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the great outdoors! Getting some sun and exercise is a great way to quell anxiety and support physical health.
Take a walk around the neighborhood with your children (just make sure to keep a distance from your neighbors). The silver lining? This lends to more quality family time.
Being outside has wonderful health benefits. Regular outdoor activity can help your clarity and focus, ease depression and can improve your overall mental health. Additionally, it may help you sleep better, it's built-in exercise and it can even boost your immune system by improving your microbiome!
The most important step to maintaining your well-being? Eating right. Primal Nosh works hard in the kitchen, picking the healthiest, freshest ingredients so you don’t have to! We will get through this unprecedented time in history together.