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Whether or not you’ve been in a bona fide lockdown for the past nine months, your life is likely to look different from February 2020, when we were all still so innocently excited about the start of a new decade. It’s been nearly a year since CNET first covered the novel coronavirus in January, and we’re about to enter 2021 with – if I had to guess – with far less enthusiasm than most of us started 2020.
We can only hope that 2021 will prove to be less turbulent, but it seems safe to say thateven if lockdowns end (will they?), but there’s one thing you can reclaim regardless of your city’s quarantine status: your health.
Humans are usually creatures of habit, so they are pushed into a new routine (or) without much warning has the potential to zap pre-existing healthy habits into obscurity. If you’re struggling with a lack of routine, are unhappy with your eating or exercise habits, or feel frustrated and frustrated in some other way, here’s how to get back to health in 2021.
Recovery for healthy eating
Most people agree on one thing: #QuarantineSnacks really got us through this situation. From chocolate to chips and of course thehas unobstructed access to the kitchen kept everyone healthy and happy during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
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, so don’t feel guilty or ashamed if you’ve put on a few pounds. Ultimately, if you’re safe and healthy, a little weight gain isn’t a problem.
On the other hand, some people have forgotten to eat because of stress or anxiety. Either way, watch, your eating habits affect your health in the long term. Your diet plays a huge role in your ability to control (both and chronic diseases), your and energy levels, your mood and your productivity.
To get back to a healthy diet, it can help to focus on one thing at a time. Maybe you want that, for example. Or maybe your goal is to eat more vegetables every day. Just focus on one thing – you’ll be amazed at the big difference a single change can make.
Restore your morning routine
Those first few weeks ofwere blissful, right? No commuting, not annoying early . You can just roll out of bed 15 minutes before your first schedule for the day, no pants needed.
After a while (ahem, a year), onecan adversely affect your health. Your ebb and flow until it is not a cycle at all; you may skip meals (or do the opposite: snack all day long); let go of any pretense of a workout routine. You may even find yourself forgetting to do simple things such as your daily intake brush your teeth once or twice a day.
Try to restore a morning routine and. Wake up at the same time every day, , and yes, put on pants. Even that will suffice. Eat breakfast ( ), grab your favorite morning drink (no wine, sorry) and start your day with something productive.
Being productive can mean anything: go for a walk, do a morning, read a few pages from a book or magazine, do some household chores, or get to work right away. As long as it gets you moving, go for it.
Develop a healthy sleep schedule
Just as you should create a healthy morning routine, try onealso for yourself. Having an evening routine can help you relax, and settle in healthy that supports high quality sleep.
Your night routine doesn’t have to be elaborate – there’s no need to pack a 20-minute yoga flow, herbal tea, face mask, and diary into one evening (although those are all great exercises, and if you love it, you should it).
An effective nighttime routine can be as simple as taking a shower, putting on your favorite soft pajamas and getting into bed. Experiment with your evenings and find out what works for you.
Restart (or maintain) your exercise habit
A silver lining to the coronavirus pandemic that, as a fitness professional, fills my heart with joy is the number of people who have picked up a workout habit during this time. Exercise has so many benefits, bothand physically, and I’ve seen firsthand how physical activity can help people through difficult times.
If you are one of those who first started exercise during the pandemic, stay strong as stay-at-home orders become easier and life returns to “normal” (whatever that means).
If you exercise regularly before the COVID-19 pandemic and let that habit slip away, don’t worry too much: Everyone reacts differently to difficult scenarios, and it’s okay for you to give your body a break. In general, a few months isn’t that long, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you getand shoot back.
Start exercising by starting with two to three workouts a week and gradually increasing from there if you wish. If you have the financial options, considerWhen gyms and fitness studios reopen, you can help a small business owner who has likely struggled with the loss of customers, and you will rest assured that you and will get results.
Set screen time limits
Many people had a lot of extra time on their hands during the coronavirus pandemic, whether they lost work or simply lost their usual robust social life. There are only a limited number of hours you can fill with board games and home improvement projects, and all that extra time has resulted in extra scrolling on the phone for many.
Although there is nothing wrong with oneevery now and then, excess screen time is in many different ways, and mood problems are some of the most common.
View your screen time statistics (Screen Time app on iPhone ($ 599 at Apple); Digital Wellbeing on Android) and think about where you could cut back. Once this is all over, you may find that you are shortening screen time because you are back at work or having more real face time (not FaceTime) with friends.
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Restore work-life balance
Working from home can bring all kinds of boundary issues, especially if you end up in a home situation without warning – not to mentionprobably not ideal if you never actually intended to work from home.
you shouldn’t have to work from your bed or your couch and you should have fixed working hours. You know, no emails after 6pm or whatever. That alone may seem impossible when your personal phone becomes your work phone and your personal laptop your work computer.
If your work-life boundaries are fading during the coronavirus pandemic, try to restore the balance. By staying on the job, you can avoid excessive stress and overwhelm, which can lead to diabetes.
The information in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health care practitioner if you have any questions about a medical condition or health goals.