Staying Healthy During Covid 19
This is an incredibly challenging time.
Here are some tips to stay healthy, both physically and mentally, this holiday season.
GET OUTSIDE EVERY DAY - go for a walk, hike in the woods - don't let the cold or rain or snow stop you ! Bundle up, wear spikes, grab your poles or head lamp and head out !
Call someone you care about to say hello.
Take 5 minutes to STRETCH OR DO YOGA -see link below.
Practice MINDFULNESS every day - see link below to learn how.
Do something nice for someone each day - call a friend, send a card, write an email, share a photo.
Try doing something creative - like draw, paint, knit, design, build,
Listen to MUSIC - music has been shown to lift the mood and energize
READ A BOOK ! treat yourself to a new novel ! support local book shops and call to order ! Let yourself be carried away by a good book !
GET ENOUGH SLEEP ! shoot for 8 hours if possible !
Consider a LIGHT BOX - the extra light can help fight off depression during the longest days -use for just 15-20 minutes every am !
Make healthy food choices - limit carbohydrates, get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and whole grains - DRINK LOTS OF WATER- limit alcohol as it can act as a depressant.
PET AN ANIMAL ! give your kitty or dog a hug- studies show that patting an animal lowers blood pressure and reduces stress hormones !
WORK WITH A COUNSELOR -talking to a counselor can help enormously with stress and depression and anxiety-