Good morning everyone, with the sunseating at like 4/5pm and the days continuing to get shorter, I felt that it was time to share some ways I try to keep healthy, mentally and physically, during these cold months coupled with a global pandemic. It’s no secret everyone is struggling, regardless what your circumstances are. These are some easy things you can incorporate into your daily life to help make things a little better.
1. Establish a routine
This is super important especially for those of us who are working/doing school from home. Creating and sticking to a routine helps your mind wake up in the morning and settle down before bed. It also helps with creating some sense of normalcy during these unprecedented times which helps improve our mood. Even if you have a solid routine, I encourage you to try writing it down and each day check off the task. It may sound silly but checking off simple things like getting dressed, make bed, brush teeth etc. makes us feel more productive and it’s more likely to translate into a more productive day. Working from home, you may slide into a routine of not getting dressed or missing some previously normal and simple tasks, so tracking what you do everyday will help you not forget these tasks. (I’ve recently started using the Routines app).
2. Get moving/go outside
Again super important for those os us who don’t leave our house for school or work. I’ve been enjoying playing tennis (though I don’t think the weather will permit that much longer) but it doesn’t even have to be much, just walking around your block. The fresh air is always nice and getting moving helps you in so many ways (get your heart rate up, stretch your legs, wakes you up etc.)
3. Drink water
This sounds like a cliché but from a scientific perspective, your body NEEDS water. So many internal process rely on water, not to mention it helps keep your skin nice. Something else it helps with that a lot of people either don’t know or forget, is brain function. Being dehydrated can cause many problems (like headaches, tiredness etc) and keeps you from being your best self. It’s especially important if you consume caffeine, since caffeine is a diuretic (which means makes you pee), so drink up.
4. No screen time/take a break
I find this one to be especially hard nowadays with everything being online, so it’s good to make time for things that don’t involve a screen. Usually reading was my go-to no screen time activity but since June I’ve been borrowing books on my iPad, so I try to do some yoga, go for a walk or just chilling with my roommate. (Side note: If you need to be on a screen, try to turn it to nightshift whenever you can, even during the day, it’ll help eliviate eye strain and fatigue)
5. Do something you enjoy
This looks different for everyone, but doing something you enjoy is so important for maintaining a healthy mind and even improves productivity. I personally make time for it in my day, usually I read either with my breakfast or before bed and writting for my blog. I’ve also been enjoying Christmas movies with my roommate and listening to Christmas music.
*This is not to replace professional help, I encourage you speak to a professional if you are struggling with your mental health and would like to speak to someone.
Thank you so much for reading, please feel free to share what ‘healthy’ habits you do so we can all learn 🙂 See you Sunday with another video.