Five practical tips from the experts to help you feel good and stay strong.
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September 18, 2020 4 min read
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Months of quarantine disrupted all of our wellness routines. When the gyms closed and everyone was forced to stay in their homes to protect public health, many people found that their holistic health took a back seat. Not only did people’s training suffer, but many of us turned to comfort food, alcohol, and other less than stellar choices instead of not having much to do. Restaurants switched to take-away-only services, and many of us found that we indulged ourselves more often than usual. Fortunately, our health and fitness routines are curable.
To this end, I recently met with two wellness experts – renowned yoga teacher Brett Larkin and the mental health expert and founder of Ascension Media, Dr. Denise McDermott MD – spoke about her recommended ways (along with a tip from my own experience) Holistic health and fitness, even if society is only slowly opening up again.
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1. Find a workout that you really enjoy
Understanding the Centrality of Joy Brett believes, “Exercising should never feel like a chore and it should help you build your confidence.” When we do things that we really like, we usually stick with them.
This can be yoga, dancing, aerobics, zumba, stretching, or any other physical activity. You can go alone or mate with your partner or children. The key is figuring out what you really like so you don’t get exhausted. Set a time and stick to your schedule.
2. Start with small changes
Dr. McDermott advises all of her patients that it is better to start small than not to start at all. “All of the little decisions we make during the day add up,” she explains. Swap some bad habits for good ones and you are on your way to improved overall health.
3. Find a responsible partner
Q uarantine was a very lonely time for many of us, but the connectivity offerings allow us to stay in touch with those who motivate us. “If you want to continue getting involved in your yoga practice or pre-quarantine pre-quarantine yoga practice, find someone just as excited as you and sign each other in while you complete your workout,” recommends Brett.
Responsibility partners are friends who will keep you informed to help you achieve your goals. So connect wisely. “Remember,” adds Brett, “even if your partner is online, it doesn’t have to be impersonal.”
4. Stay connected with video calls, telemedicine, and social media
“While our personal communities are limited, there is no shortage of like-minded people,” encourages Dr. McDermott. “Social media has proven to be a great place to build a community and get inspiration. Influencers and writers who focus on mental health have kept audiences engaged with mindful news during this challenging time.”
Video calls are also a great way to keep your team connected and not feel isolated. Recent research by the Well Being Trust suggests that pandemic stress may lead to an increase in suicide or substance abuse caused by depression. Dr. McDermott invites everyone to seek professional suicide prevention assistance through telemedicine. Family members and friends also need to keep an eye on their loved ones’ mental health for early signs.
“We need to encourage people to love and hug themselves,” says Dr. McDermott. “Awareness, self-love and altruism are integral to the ability to lead humanity from crisis to stabilization in order to thrive.”
5. Make a schedule and stick to it
When we understand that we can plan any activities that affect our health, we will have more control over how we feel as long as we stick to them. Plan your workout and don’t stop it. This time you block is the time you give yourself. Make it a priority. Mind-body wellbeing Instagram tutorial videos can be a great source of motivation. This is what I personally do to stay on track.
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This new normal can represent a future in which we can take better care of ourselves, and that is crucial in protecting against stress and illness. We must continue to view quarantine as a time to rethink our habits and change them to make us feel better. And what can be more important than committing ourselves?