Many of us are heeding the warnings to stay home in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus however I can’t help but notice all of the unhealthy choices people are making at home.
Instagram and FaceBook are littered with photos of baked goods, alcohol and processed foods and I can’t help but wonder if people are self-medicating with these unhealthy choices to cope with the stress of social distancing?
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect and therefore completely understand the draw of a big glass of wine or chocolate chip cookie. I simply want to point out that these choices are just that, choices.
I would like to remind you all to choose health most of the time and share that with the world. As much as we’d like to deny the influence of social media on our choices I think it’s fair to say that the power of suggestion is stronger than we often admit. So don’t just do yourself a favor, do one for your friends and followers too…let’s all share our healthy choices and encourage others to make those same choices.
Instead of reaching for the wine bottle every night, how about pouring some seltzer into the wine glass instead?
Rather than mindlessly eat an entire bag of potato chips while binge watching episodes of The Office, cook up some kale chips and enjoy those to your hearts content!
Between every episode take two trips up and down a flight of stairs or do 2 minutes of core exercises.
Exercise your brain too, pick up a cross-word puzzle or learn about something new, become a bird watcher and look up all of the birds you see in your yard.
Try turning off the TV for 2 hours and listen to music or download a meditation app and find one that fits what you need in that moment.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling to adjust to this new lifestyle, call a friend or family member, talk to your spouse. There are plenty of things that can help with stress and anxiety. My favorite ways to cope with stress are drinking a cup of Kava tea and spending time with my dog.
Exercise is also a great way to release some energy and get the endorphins flowing but be careful not to over-do-it just because you may have the extra time. If you’re working with a coach and want to increase your activity volume check with them first. If you’re not, reflect back on what you’ve been doing and increase things gradually as long as your body feels up to it.
I’m anticipating an increase in my patient load once all of this COVID-19 business settles because athletes will be doing too much.
My office is still open to see patients, so if you are one of these people don’t hesitate to give us a call! And if you are struggling to keep your nutrition on track I am here to help. I can do phone or FaceTime nutrition counseling, just reach out via email or through social media.
We are all capable of coming out of this as better, healthier people.
It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth it.