Staying Healthy While At Home
Scrolling through social media, we see a noticeable shift in personal content being shared. The highlight reel of posts showing life’s fanciest moments and milestone accomplishments have all gone away and been replaced with a new kind of content. Our newsfeeds are now cluttered with our best moments living life at home.
Switching between nighttime and daytime pjs has become perfectly acceptable. Popular activities include binge watching Netflix, downloading the newest social media app: TikTok, and endless snacking and indulging in sweets, alcohol, and other vices.
Sprinkled in are those social media posts from people who seem to have quarantine all figured out: posting their workouts and healthy meals while juggling everything else in the household somewhat seamlessly.
Resentment starts to set in as we watch others’ successes in this new life at home. How are they doing it so well? Has living a healthy lifestyle now become today’s highlight reel of perceived happiness on social media?
We are here to remind you that social media will always reflect the best of it all, no matter what our society looks like. And it is okay if you’re struggling to find the balance in today’s new world. But balance may be exactly what you need to feel happier and stay healthy at home both mentally and physically.
Here are a few these tips from your social media friends who seem to have it all together:
- Wake up early and start your day with a morning ritual or routine that begins with prayer, meditation or even a few quiet moments, where you can be alone with your thoughts and a cup of coffee. Be still and reflect on what you plan to accomplish for the day. These moments are all for you and will help you get a jumpstart on the day.
- Stay active. You can take your workout outside and go for a run or a walk. Or, you can stream a workout from home in the comfort of your living room.
- Find a virtual gym. If you are missing the community component from your gym, investigate options where you can connect with others and workout together virtually. Beachbody is a great example of where you can find likeminded people to exercise with, but many local gyms and dance studios are offering virtual classes.
- Take a workout selfie. Workout selfies are not boastful; they are empowering. They offer accountability and help to motivate others to move their bodies. They show us how we can continue an active lifestyle from home without a gym.
- Schedule your workout. Make a commitment to yourself and show up for your workout. You wouldn’t miss a meeting or a party on the calendar, so don’t miss your workout. Plan it out.
- Implement small healthy things into your family routine, such as chopping fruits and vegetables to make healthier snack options more convenient than the processed foods in your cabinet.
- Meal prep like a pro. Find healthy recipes and plan your menu for the week. Make a food shopping list of all the ingredients you’ll need to buy at the store, so you don’t stray and buy things you don’t need.
- Flip the script. Rather than feel overwhelmed about your health and wellness, especially if you’re just getting started, understand that making healthier choices in fitness and nutrition will impact your well being overall in a positive way and make you feel better. When you feel better about yourself, you can get more accomplished daily, and in the long run be better equipped to meet any and all goals you have set for yourself.
- Focus on your self-care at home. Whether it’s working out, stretching, going for a walk, or even having a spa day in your bathroom, you’ll immediately feel better after giving yourself that “me” time.
- Treat yourself with grace. Keep as consistent as possible, but if you fall off the plan, don’t beat yourself up. Pickup where you left off and keep moving forward. You can do it!
How many of these are healthy tips are you implementing in your life today?