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Wellness at home:
How to take care of your health and well-being without leaving your house
I’m just going to state the obvious. We are living in a very weird time now.
Without going into details about what’s going on in the world (because let’s face it, we all know what’s happening), I’m sure that many of us are adjusting to a life quite different than usual.
For a lot of people, that might mean crazy sleeping patterns, baking and eating ALL the banana bread (guilty!), and not getting enough movement in our day.
Now I’m not going to lie. The first few weeks of quarantine my habits were actually awful.
But then I realized that if I got it together and worked on just a few healthy habits, I could feel amazing once all of this is over.
And to be honest, that’s what I want. I don’t want to gain 15 pounds because all I did during quarantine is inhale banana bread and sit in bed watching movies all day.
Granted, these days will happen, and that’s okay. But it’s not what I want for my normal routine.
So without going on and on any longer, I am going to get into a few healthy habits that I have been practicing while stuck at home.
If you are looking for a few ways to stay healthy while at home, keep on reading!
8 ways to stay healthy while stuck at home
Keep your normal routine
As much as you can, stick to your normal daily routine. That means waking up around the same-ish time as you would for work (unless you work crazy hours, that is), getting dressed even if you are just going to change from PJs to sweats, and structuring your day as you would normally.
Not only does this help keep our biological clock balanced, but it also helps give us a sense of purpose.
Let’s face it, there is enough uncertainty going on right now. The least we can do is keep doing what we already know works for us.
Related read you might like:
My Life-Changing Morning Routine (Really!)
Meditation has been one of my favorite healthy habits for a while now.
I used to meditate a lot last year but fell off it, and when all this craziness started happening I jumped back in and haven’t looked back since.
The benefits of meditation are endless. Some of these benefits include reducing stress and anxiety, helping with sleep, enhancing self-awareness, lengthening attention span and reducing blood pressure.
Beyond that, it is also so enjoyable.
It is a few minutes of uninterrupted silence that you get all to yourself.
If you are new to meditation, below are some really good (free!) guided meditations you can start out with:
- Mindfulness Meditation – Guided 10 Minutes
- Deep Relaxation: Guided 10 Minute Visualisation Meditation
- 10 Minute Manifestation Meditation (Powerful Visualization)
Get enough sleep
I mentioned sleep briefly before, but it really is important to get enough sleep.
I know how tempting Netflix can be at night. Hell, I binged the whole of Money Heist in just a few days.
But as soon as I started to fall asleep at a reasonable hour, my days started flowing much smoothly.
Sleeping well is especially beneficial to those of us who are working from home these days. Zoom meetings early in the morning can be such a snooze-fest if you don’t get enough sleep!
Related read you might enjoy:
10 Relaxing Things To Add To Your Nighttime Routine
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Something I neglected doing at the beginning of self-quarantine was drinking enough water. It showed pretty quickly on my skin, I must say.
Staying hydrated is equally as important at home as it is when you’re out and about. And there’s no excuse.
If you hate the taste of water? Try infusing it with fruit/natural teas. Here are some ideas!
Forget to drink water throughout the day? Get you a big reusable water bottle with time stamps and have it next to you all day.
There are so many benefits to drinking water, and we already know that we should be drinking. Stay hydrated, everyone!
Try dry brushing
Dry bushing is one of my new favorite additions to my daily routine.
To dry brush, you use a natural-bristle brush like this one and you brush your body in long strokes towards your heart. This is done a couple of times a week before showering.
This helps with lymphatic drainage, helps keep the skin smooth and it acts as an exfoliator. It also reportedly helps minimize cellulite and increases circulation.
I thoroughly enjoy it and my skin has never been softer! With all this extra time, this is the perfect time to try dry brushing.
Sitting home all day is awful for my FitBit. Which is why I have to find ways to move my body, even if it’s just a little bit every day. So that, you know, my FitBit doesn’t think I’d died.
Thankfully, there are a million ways to stay active at home now. From YouTube workouts, to paid memberships, to live Zoom workouts to workout apps, there is something for everybody.
My favorite way of working out is using free tutorials on YouTube.
Here are a few of my favorite channels if you’re interested in starting a new workout program:
The problem for me sometimes is motivation. I’d rather sit in bed than work out, which is why I like to change to my workout gear as soon as I get out of bed in the morning.
That way, I’m constantly reminded that I need to work out, and it helps to keep me motivated if I look cute!
Speaking of cute workout gear, Adidas have some really nice pieces which I have my eye on! I always gravitate towards workout gear which can be work while working out AND running errands in.
Eat as clean as you can
Weekly banana bread aside, eating clean is probably the best thing we can do for our bodies.
Besides giving us necessary nutrients and energy, healthy food also makes us feel better.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do think that occasional treats are absolutely necessary for staying sane in this crazy time, but that shouldn’t be your only way of eating if you want to keep your body healthy.
Here are some super easy ways to be more mindful when you eat:
- Eat until you are full and no more.
- If you’re eating a treat, use a smaller plate.
- Switch to healthy, whole-grain carbs.
- Don’t obsess with calories, just eat smaller portions.
- Get vegetables and protein with every meal.
- Chew your food slower. Enjoy it longer!
- Limit sugary drinks. Stick to water and herbal teas.
- Keep healthy snacks on hand, so they’re easily accessible.
If your eating habits aren’t what you’d want them to be, eliminate one bad habit at a time. That will help keep you on track and won’t be as much of a shock as it would be to cut everything out at once. You got this.
Don’t neglect self-care
Self-care is an essential part of physical as well as mental health.
With all the uncertainty around us now, it is important to work on what we can control, and self-care is one of those things.
The beautiful thing about self-care is that if can be whatever YOU want it to be. Self-care looks different for everybody because all of us have different tastes and different ways of relaxing.
If you want some ideas on how to incorporate more of these activities into your daily routine, I have a post on 60 different ways to practice self-care.
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What have you been doing to stay healthy while at home? Has self-isolating forced you to make drastic changes in your daily routine?