How are you doing self-care during this time?

Self-care is so important right now, while we are at home with no end date in sight. A lot of people have lost their jobs. A lot of people have lost people, or know people who have lost someone to covid-19. It’s hard to find a way to manage the amount of stress that is coming at us at a daily pace.

What am I doing?

I am working out 5 days a week, still. Even with my gym closed. (Quarantine workout). There is a LOT of stuff you can do at home, even if you don’t have a home gym. There are a ton of videos for home workouts, body weight workout. Even just doing squats, squat jumps, jumping jacks and ab workouts will get your blood pumping and your heart rate up and make you feel better.

I get outside every day, even if it’s a little rainy. (But not if it’s pouring rain, because- no thanks.)

Feeling grateful that our new neighborhood is very walkable. I’ve been trying to go on daily walks with Bella (weather permitting), exploring the areas of our town.

Feeling glad we live near some very pretty, scenic areas, even though parks and trails are closed. The other day, Logan I went out for a little break to get some sun and fresh air and throw rocks in the river.

It makes me feel better getting outside. I wave to neighbors, even though we are strangers, and it makes me feel a little better about life.

I eat a “normal” diet. Or try to. I am not really doing keto, but trying my best to do low carb 85% of the time. Now is not the time to be fanatical, but I still need to eat healthy, stay on some kind of plan and just not give up entirely because eating junk food doesn’t make me feel good physically or mentally.

I call friends and family. Sometimes on my walks now I give friends or family a phone call and just check in. It’s nice to hear their voices, see how they are doing, lend an ear, vent, etc.

I read. I still read a lot. (You can check out some of my old book reviews here to find some recommendations if you need some.) I get library books on my Kindle (which is a life saver!!!). If you want to order some books online and support someone OTHER THAN Amazon, check out Powell Books! They recently had to hire back a lot of staff to fulfill online orders, which is amazing!

I take a bath a few times a week to relax. The Jacuzzi tub in our master bath was the selling point for me. It’s amazing! I turn on the Spa station on Sirius radio. I drink tea and read a book and relax.

I journal. I started a “quarantine” journal. It helps to get my feelings and thoughts out, keep track of what is happening. Even if the days are all blending together. If nothing else, it’s a record of our lives in the weird time.

I do art with Logan. For his “home school” I am on art duty. We do crafts and stuff and the painting rocks for our garden was really fun!

I take it one day at a time. It’s kind of all we can do right now.

QUESTION: What are you doing for self-care?

5 Health Changes You Can Do Today

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is the idea of losing weight too big in your mind? I’ve been there.  Trying to change a lifetime of bad habits isn’t going to happen overnight, so don’t put so much pressure on yourself.  If you missed my series on how to lose weight, you can catch up on it here:

How to Lose Weight Series: 

Week OneWeek One Check In

Week Two , Week Two Check In

Week Three

Week Four

Week Five

If you’re not quite ready to take on a huge undertaking like losing a lot of weight, why not try doing something small? Instead of overwhelming yourself with a huge goal, try doing one or two things each day or each week to get you started on your path to better health.

5 Health Changes You Can Do Today

1) Stop drinking your calories. 

Are you aware of how many liquid calories you consume in one day? Before I decided to lose the weight I had no idea. Tallying up those liquid calories was shocking to me. It’s so easy to grab a soda several times a day and before you know it, you’ve consumed hundreds of calories.

If you drink your calories on a frequent basis, try swapping the calorie-laden fluids with something else. Start transitioning to diet soda. Try sparkling water with lemon (my favorite). What about Crystal Lite? It tastes pretty good and is only 5 calories or so. Unsweetened iced tea is also good. Find what works for you.

2) Go for a walk. Just move your body in any way. Walk, yoga, do some squats in your cubicle at work.

Don’t put such high expectations on yourself. If you haven’t exercised in years, you’re not going to be able to run a marathon in a month. When I started swimming I was slow and always out of breathe. I had to rest after each length of the pool and there were times when I wasn’t sure I’d make it to the other side. It took time and perseverance but it got easier.

3) Drink more water.

I’ve been making a conscious choice to drink more water than I have been drinking because I know I do not drink enough. Water also helps curb the hunger.

4) Have a snack of fruits or veggies. You can make them fun!

Maybe try growing your own fruits and veggies. I have to say that having my own veggie garden last summer was a huge motivator for eating more veggies. I had so much stuff that I couldn’t even eat it all!

5) Smile.

I firmly believe that a lot of sadness, grumpiness and unhappiness can be reversed with positive thinking. Kind of a “fake it til you make it” thing. Don’t get sucked into that black hole of depression–try smiling until it gets better.

QUESTION: What do you think? What is one small change you can do to get yourself on the path to healthy change?