During uncertain times like these, it is important to find ways that you can stay mentally and physically healthy and strong so that you can be there for others when they are not.
Check out some of my tips below so that you can use this time to slow down and build a more positive, healthy environment for you and your family!
I have composed a list of ways in which you can keep yourself and your family as healthy as possible, while you are stuck at home right now:
1. Weather permitting-get outside and be in nature
- Living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. Recent reports reveal that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.
- Can’t go anywhere but your back yard? Create a scavenger hunt for your kids, do yoga on your back lawn, have a picnic in the grass, or involve your family in a game of kickball.
2. Write down 3 optimistic people you would like to hang around with sometime in the near future. Writing it down will actually help you get closer to your goal.
- Can’t physically visit with these people right now? Call them up or write them a letter! Now is the time to connect in ways that we haven’t when we were busy running around during the normal rat race of life.
3. Keep a gratitude journal and write down 5 things that you are thankful for each day. I recommend starting the day with this, so these positive aspects of your life are fresh in your mind first thing.
- Get your kids involved in this daily exercise and have them write down what they are thankful for each morning for breakfast!
- The more grateful we are, the more opportunities we find. Hope is built on gratitude and opportunities.
4. Set a time each day to unplug from electronics and enjoy the company of your family
- Unplugging can help us live in the present moment. We are more connected to our devices now than ever before and this leaves us less time for meditation, self-reflection, and connection with others.
- TURN OFF the news when your kiddos are around. We made the mistake of playing the news while the kids were in the room last week & it really scared them. We are all facing uncharted territories right now-it’s best to keep your kids feeling safe and secure by keeping them away from the media as much as possible.
5. Get in physical exercise & involve your whole family!
- It doesn’t even need to be explained but spend time each day to move your body to increase energy, improve mood, reduce stress, lower your risks of a multitude of diseases, and more.
- Involve your WHOLE family! Check out this free family workout by yours truly right HERE.
6. Keep Up With Your Healthy Eating Habits
- Try some new healthy recipes and use this time to sit down with your family and enjoy meals together!
- Eating a variety of lean proteins, healthy fats, and fresh produce will keep your brain and body functioning at its’ highest level.
- Don’t allow your kids to snack on junk all day! Encourage your family to eat a rainbow of colors at each meal.
I hope that you find these tips helpful for you and your family. I am trying my best to find ways to help others virtually right now, so please reach out to me if you think of an idea on how I can improve others lives’ from afar or if you just have a question for me! Thanks for reading!!