Chances are, you’ve been spending lots of time inside due to Coronavirus restrictions. Perhaps you’re working from home for the first time and aren’t sure how to balance your normal activities and manage your stress. Now, more than ever, it’s important to keep up with your nutrition, fitness and mindfulness practices, and keep your routine as normal as possible.

But how can you eat right, exercise and keep your cool while quarantined? Here are 8 tips for staying healthy during your quarantine.

  1. Make a plan! If you’re missing the structure of a typical workday, create a schedule for yourself. Be sure to factor in time to exercise (if you choose) and eat meals. It may be helpful to write down the meals you’re going to eat, when you’re going to eat them. One silver lining of quarantine? Time to sit down and enjoy your lunch!
  2. Get outside for a walk or jog if you are able. Some quarantine or shelter-in-place orders allow for exercising outside, so be sure to check with your local or state mandates to see if that’s an option for you.
  3. Make time to call friends and family. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Schedule calls or video chats with loved ones – social connection is so important for stress relief!
  4. Try new recipes! Get creative with your pantry staples. Google is a great resource for new recipes, as are those cookbooks you haven’t opened in years. Not only will you be nourishing your body, but some find the act of cooking to be therapeutic.
  5. Consider adding a meditation and mindfulness practice to your routine. Try to meditate, or just sit quietly, for a few minutes each day. This will be especially important if you’re in close quarters with family or roommates and need to get some alone time. Studies show that meditation can help manage anxiety, boost mood and more. There are plenty of free meditation recordings, timers and sounds online – Insight Timer is has over 30,000 recordings available for free on their app.
  6. Keep your appointments if your provider is going virtual! It may not be on the top of your list, but it’s important to stay connected with your therapists, nutritionists and dietitians, physical therapists and other care providers. Many providers (New York City Nutrition included!) are temporarily transitioning to virtual appointments, and some states are expanding insurance reimbursements for tele-health. Check with your providers for more information.
  7. Reframe the situation. Instead of thinking, “I’m stuck inside, this is the worst thing ever,” think, “I’m staying inside to keep myself and other safe, and I can adapt.” We, as humans, are excellent at adapting. Sometimes we just need a little bit of practice.
  8. Be gentle with yourself. It’s normal to feel anxious in uncertain times. It might be difficult to adapt to a new routine at first – you may not want to exercise or be productive, and that’s ok. Do the best you can, but give yourself permission to slip up.

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