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For many, 2020 has been a turbulent and sometimes a quite frightening year. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, life has changed in many different ways. You may be struggling to maintain your usual routine or practice self care. With that in mind, here are some ways in which you can take better care of yourself during this time.
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Prioritize Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is always key to feeling and looking better. Ideally, you should try to eat three balanced meals each day, leaving plenty of room on your plate for fresh fruit and vegetables. If you often find yourself struggling for time during the week, set aside a few hours at the weekend to batch cook and prepare meals ahead of time. Then all you have to do is warm them up again.
However, while healthy eating is important, it’s usually ok to treat yourself to delicious snacks or luxurious meals now and then. They can be great fun to make and can lift your mood considerably. The only problem with this is cleaning up afterwards!
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Make time for exercise
You may be feeling particularly lethargic this year. This is especially true if you have spent much of your time indoors and don’t always have access to the gym or other workout facilities. With this loss of normalcy, many of us have also stopped exercising as frequently as we should. You should try to partake in some exercise every day, even something as simple as going for a walk can make a huge difference. Alternatively, you could start your morning with 15 minutes of light exercise. This is a great way to shake any signs of fatigue away, giving you plenty of energy for the rest of the day. Although it is starting to get colder, there are plenty of things you can do to stay in shape over winter.
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It is important that you try and remain focused on yourself and your goals during this time. Just because you are staying at home does not mean you cannot find new ways to be productive, both professionally and personally. At the start of the week, write down some goals for yourself. They don’t have to be big, life changing goals – go for something relatively small and achievable. Sometimes my To Do goal list includes cleaning dishes and folding clothes just so I can feel good about marking something off the list! Hang your goals list somewhere you can see them – such as your fridge – and challenge yourself to meet them before the end of the week.
Listen to your body
Another great way to take better care of yourself is to listen to your body, and find a way to give it exactly what you need. For example, if you are feeling lethargic, you may need to find a way to develop a better sleep schedule. If you suffer from anxiety or low moods, and find it hard to focus, you may benefit from a NAD therapy session, which has been proven to help fight symptoms of anxiety and can even enhance brain function. If you are worn out from working on a project, stop and give yourself a 15-30 minute break and try again. Listening to your body means you will feel better prepared to tackle whatever the day throws at you and adjust accordingly!
This has been one crazy year. I think the whole world is just trying to drag it across the finish line like a person that hasn’t prepared for a marathon but has to finish it. We are getting close folks. Don’t give up now! If you are reading this years after 2020, these ideas are still applicable for anyone facing a crazy time in life. Be kind to yourself. Do your best and listen to your body. You can get through this just take it a day, hour, or minute at a time.
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