Staying Healthy Amidst Trying Times

Around the world, there’s stress and concern over COVID-19. Schools are closing down, restaurants are shutting doors and people are being sent home to work remotely. It’s times like this that I’m grateful to have a flexible schedule and am able to adapt quickly to these changes.

I know not everyone has this luxury, and that this is a challenging time. I understand, and I’m here for you.

It’s important to stay healthy–mind, body and spirit–in times like this. It helps to show our children how to react to adversity and it keeps our mindset positive.

The news and government may dictate where we can go and when, but we are in charge of our own bodies and mental health. Use some of these tips to stay healthy in the coming weeks.

Keep Your Workout Schedule

You may not be able to go to the gym or participate in your sport of choice, but you can still get a workout in. If you’re a Beachbody on Demand user, there are hundreds of workouts available right at your fingertips. If you’re not, you can get a free 14-day trial and get started today. (Choose the quarterly option and cancel before the 14 days are up.)

Boost Your Immune System

Vitamins and supplements can keep you feeling good, but nothing is better for you than a balanced diet and staying hydrated. Do your best to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. If fresh isn’t available, frozen is a good alternative. Put frozen fruit in smoothies and protein shakes and stir fry frozen vegetables with your favorite protein.

Get Plenty of Sleep

It’s easy to fall into the trap that you no longer have to commute or get the kids up for school, so you might as well stay up and binge on Netflix. I love Netflix too, but sleep is our friend when immune systems may be compromised. A good night’s sleep means you’ll be ready for that morning workout and feel more motivated to eat right each day. This is an especially great tip for your kids too!

Follow the Rules

The whole reason for social distancing is to minimize exposure and hopefully shorten the impact of coronavirus. Even if you’re a healthy adult with no underlying health issues, it’s important to follow the guidelines about social distancing and quarantine. Jack is home from Northwestern for the foreseeable future and the other kids are home due to school closures. Our plan is to stay as close to home as possible until the outbreak dies down.

Right now is definitely not business as usual, but I think it’s important to keep things as normal as possible. This, too, shall pass. Let’s do what we can to stay healthy while we wait it out!

I am a 44-year old married mom of 4. I love my family. If you’re a mom, then you know kids and a spouse keep you busy. It’s easy to forget yourself in the process of taking care of your family. My mission is to help other moms take care of themselves so they can be more available to their loved ones and lead more fulfilling lives.

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