1. Eat Well. Healthy food not only tastes great but is super important for disease prevention. Maintaining a healthy diet can reduce the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression, and anxiety. A balanced diet should include a variety of foods high in vitamins, minerals, and complex carbohydrates, found in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Eating well can boost mood, improve sleep, reduce inflammation, and improve cognitive function, so pile up on healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables and feel better!
2. Sleep Well. There's evidence that sleep deprivation can have major impacts on our health. I don’t know about you, but one night without sleep and I’m like Oscar the Grouch! Good sleep improves mood, energy level, and memory. Avoid excess stimulants like soda, coffee, tea, and energy drinks and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep nightly.
3. Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins and increases levels of serotonin and dopamine which improves sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, and improves memory and cognition. For now, you may be missing your normal exercise classes or visits to the gym so put your sneakers and take a walk, hike, or run (but remember to social distance while outside). If exercising outside isn’t for you, then stream an exercise video or do an online class in your living room.
4. Maintain social connections. Spending time talking and laughing with family and friends is good for the soul. Consider setting up weekly Zoom or Skype chats, playing games like Quizzo via video chat, or using text chats to stay connected and improve mood and emotional well-being.
5. Relax. Reducing stress is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind and body. Most local fitness groups are offering online classes, so grab a yoga mat and some water and stream your favorite Yoga or Meditation program. If yoga isn’t for you, then pick up a good book, listen to music, watch your favorite show, or do whatever relaxation means for you.
Please share with us and the rest of the Renew community your own tips for staying healthy during this stressful time in the comments below. Stay healthy and Safe!