We can't control the "Shelter in Place" order, but there are plenty of things that we can control.
Here are my tips to maximizing each quarantine day to the fullest, while prioritizing mental health.
Selective Social Media. Scroll through the accounts you follow. Some may glorify values that aren't going to give you what you need, right now (or ever). Now is a good time to weed some of those out. Unfollow accounts that make you feel judgement towards yourself whether it's productivity, lifestyle, fitness or diet-culture.
General rule of thumb: if it makes you feel like you "should" or "shouldn't"-- unfollow.
Plan out Your Days: each day should include: three meals and 2-3 snacks, at least thirty minutes of social time (zoom or phone), at least thirty minutes of movement (light stretching, or yoga, go for a walk), 1+ self-care activity. Incorporate ritual or routine into both waking-up and winding down for the day.
Check your insurance benefits: many policies include telehealth/ teletherapy. Even those that don't explicitly state it, might agree to it, given current circumstances. The best thing we can do for ourselves during this time is lock-down adequate support for our mental health.
Move. Joyful movement is one of my favorite Health At Every Size (HAES) principles! It acknowledges that, yes, moving your body is good for your health AND it should be fun. The purpose of moving your body is not results- driven or punishment-focused. I always encourage my clients to switch it up, and include at least two "rest" days. Push the limits of your comfort zone: from pilates to tai-chi, there is something out there for everyone.
Social Distancing does not mean Social Isolation: Stay connected with friends and families. Now is a great time to broaden your circle: reach out to friends in different states, even friends from childhood. In case you're wondering, "do they even want to hear from me, how random would that be?" Flip it around and ask yourself, "how would I feel if an old friend reached out to me right now, just to say hi?"
Keep Eating FUN. Don't let yourself fall into a routine with "safe" foods and meals. Choose some chefs to follow on instagram, and get inspired by their posts. There's a whole world of inspo, out there.
Currently, I'm loving: @inagarten, @alisonroman, @basically, @smittenkitchen, @bonappetitmag, & @testkitchen
Set up a Zen workspace. Make it a place you WANT to be, not HAVE to be. Spruce it up with things you may not be allowed to have at the office, or have space for (plants, candles, etc). I suggest setting up in a corner, with plenty of natural light. You'll be free from inside distractions, but get to take visual breaks by looking outside when you want.
8. Keep checking in with me here. I'm going through this right alongside you, and I'll continue to share the things I see helping my clients, and also those that help me, personally.
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