We are living during difficult times because of the pandemic. Those challenges can affect us both physically and emotionally. It’s hard to keep the same routine when you have to physically distance from others, especially if you’re at higher risk of getting infected by the virus. Here are some tips that can support you and your household both physically and mentally:
Do your best to eat nourishing meals, like those rich in fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Those foods can help keep your body and mind healthy during stressful times.
Cut down on foods that can increase up anxiety, such as sugar, caffeine, and alcohol.
It’s important to enjoy small treats, but don’t go overboard. Try to reduce consumption of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Overindulging can lead to increased anxiety or sluggishness.
Feeling the urge to “stress snack”? Acknowledge your cravings, then take two or three deep breaths and ask yourself if you’re really hungry or just passing the time.
If you are really hungry make a good choice, like salads, fruits etc.
Having daily schedules and routines can ease anxieties and help you stay grounded. This applies to meals, too! Try to eat at regular meal times and avoid snacking in between.
If you’re staying at home with other people, have one meal together each day. It can help dampen feelings of isolation, and help you practice mindful eating. Cooking together can also help you connect with others and ease the stress.
Doing activities together helps you feel you belong somewhere and chances of depression are low.
Eat the right kind of food and exercise, you can exercise at home, on terraces, go for walks. Exercise reduces stress. Walk your way to good health.
Remember the golden rules for Well being Understand the difference between Hunger and Being really hungry Physiologically.
Eat to live not live to eat.
Develop interest in different types of activities, like join Yoga, and learn innovative exercise you can do at home and on grounds.
Make time for group activities keeping in mind the pandemic protocols.
Be innovative with the foods you cook, best out of remaining can be converted to fantastic recipe.
Have a disciplined routine for life and meals daily.
By Vishakha (Dietitian, Health and Well Being Coach)