Adjusting to the “new normal” amid a world grappling with COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for anyone. However, while you’re bunkering down at home for social-distancing, self-isolating or quarantining, you may find life getting a bit lethargic and tedious. Why take not take some time for a little extra self-care instead? Sure, we’re in this together and everyone is feeling the stress, but you do deserve to tend to your physical and emotional needs too. No easy task if you’re also under pressure to keep children busy and happy at home 24/7. Here are some family-friendly tips to help you out!
Food is Medicine
Good nutrition can really support staying healthier during this challenging time. Following a balanced meal plan while limiting your runs to population-dense supermarkets can be challenging. Encouraging nutritious choices and mindfulness around food consumption as a household is always a good adjustment though, even in a bad situation. Not to mention it will help complement your at home training to ensure the body is staying in great shape. Getting children involved in cooking and meal planning is also a wonderful way to pass the time together and to pass on valuable life skills.
Home Fitness Can Help
It’s pretty well known that exercise is really good for both our physical and mental health. All over the world cyclists and runners are torn between the need to hit the road and staying safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic though. This is where considering your home gym and workout potential becomes incredibly important. Some may have plenty of space in their gardens and pools for HIIT sessions, strength training and more. However, if you’re in a cosier home – you may need to consider a stationary bike, rowing machine or even a treadmill or some compact training solutions. If you want to get the kids involved, try some online family-friendly workouts together! You should also consider how you can keep your body mobile at home. Incorporate small 10-15 minute activities in the middle of the morning and afternoon, such as going for a walk around the block, doing some body weight exercises, or playing with the kids in the backyard (do I hear a game of ‘stuck in the mud’ calling?). This will help keep your body active outside of your usual training regime.
Take Time to Get Zen
Do calming activities that you enjoy and maybe even try a few new ones on for size. Get cosy with a good book or podcast; start an arts-and-crafts project; sign up for an online class to learn a brand-new skill. There are many options available online for incredible breathing, yoga and meditation sessions too. For many subscribers around the world, resources like the Yoga with Adriene channel has become a daily blessing for activating, relaxing and stretching muscles – all you need is a yoga mat!
Stay Together – Apart
Finally, whether you’re in a bustling household or staying in solo, these are still times to express yourself and remotely connect with family, friends and colleagues. You can use all manner of communication apps. These include Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp and more. If you had a regular coffee catch up with a friend prior to social distancing rules, you can work around these using Facetime to ensure you still get to socialise over coffee from the comfort of your own home! Or to have a group dinner with friends or family try the Houseparty app! The Netflix Party app even makes it possible to host TV and movie watching parties with your friends online. After all, staying connected, productive and motivated are just as important to maintaining a healthy immune system as nutrition and fitness are. We’re in this together!