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Caring for yourself during the pandemic

Now more than ever, it is very important to take the time to care for ourselves. A healthy body is better able to fight infections and recover faster. While this particular pandemic has been very unpredictable, that is no reason to ignore healthy habits you may have picked up in the past or adopt new ones that might be helpful.

Here are some self-care activities to practice when you don't have much time.

  • Take a short walk at least once a day. Yes, I know not everyone has the time to do that. So how do you find the time to add this to your already busy schedule? Well, you don't have to! During the week, I spend a good portion of my time working at home. To ensure I get those steps in, I walk 250-steps every hour when my fitbit reminds me. And yes, that includes marching in place. Trust me, it adds up over time. I have been known to get up and start marching in place during meetings. Think of it this way, if your work-day lasts 8-hours, that's a total of 2,000 steps you just accomplished.

  • Get a resistance band. I have owned one for years but forgot to use it. Well, I have been using these bands to do some strength training during my day and every little bit counts. I placed it in a place where I can easily access it. Let's say you have a long meeting, you can get up and do 2 - 3 sets of strength training during those and you don't even need to step away from your work station.

  • Drink more water. I know it can be hard to remember to drink water throughout the day. The easiest way I have found to help with this is to ensure I drink water before key activities. After I wake up, before going for a walk/run, after a long meeting, after my work day. Note: Avoid drinking water late (after 7pm) in the day so you don't have to get up at night to empty your bladder.

  • Practice yoga. So, with kids at home, this can become a good family activity. You can find short episodes of Cosmic Yoga on youtube. It makes for a fun activity to do with your kids while also getting in some stretches. And if you are able to find 10 - 15 minutes during the day, you can also practice yoga on your own. There are lots of free yoga videos online.

  • Use an aromatherapy spray on your pillow before bed. A good night's rest will help ensure you wake up more rested in the morning. Also, lavender works as an anxiety reliever and as a mild sedative, to increase relaxation and calm, and help bring about sleep.

Those are just some of the activities I have found to help me and my family through this pandemic. What are some activities you have taken on? I'd love to hear from you.

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