It seems like the new normal is here to stay, and it’s not going away anytime soon. The economy is still in a slump, unemployment rates are high, some people are dying or getting sick, and many struggles to make ends meet and work from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all feeling the strain of this tough economic time and health crisis with tight budgets on what we can spend on, and the quarantine restriction for our safety also limits us to do many things.
In this blog post, we will share some easy-to-do lifestyle changes to help you become healthier and safer during the new normal. These are simple things to do at home for free or low cost:
Drink lots of water – they’ll keep you hydrated without adding calories into your diet when money is tight during tough times. And try using natural sweeteners (like honey) to replace sugar crystals so you can save on weight gain too! There are so many benefits of drinking plenty of water, and nowadays, with the threat of the COVID-19 virus, we have to do this even more to become healthier.
Get more sleep – this may mean getting to bed earlier or using a white noise machine to drown out loud noises that will keep you from sleeping, like the alarm clock blaring at dawn. Getting enough rest is essential for your mental and physical health and keeping healthy practices going during tough times.
Exercise regularly – most people are working from home nowadays, and it’s tempting not to exercise. But it is important to keep up with your fitness routine for several reasons. It can help you sleep better, de-stress, and even burn some calories! You may need to adjust the time when you do your exercise as well. There are so many home workout videos online that you can do. Try to exercise in the morning before you start your day, as it can help you gain energy as you go through the day. Now is when we need to move the most to boost our immune system to lessen the probability of getting infected by the COVID-19 virus.
Do something relaxing – pandemic anxiety is a thing nowadays. Being isolated because of the quarantine is difficult for us human beings because we are social beings, affecting our mental health. You can try meditating with the help of an app or video online to relax your mind for a while. You can get a massage chair if you want, so you will not have to go somewhere to get a massage. It will not just make you relax, but it also gets rid of aches and pains that most of us suffer from these days. You can even work, nap, or meditate on a massage chair if you invest in it. It can also reduce your anxiety and stress as well as improve your blood circulation. You can get some of the most relaxing chairs for this budget: $2,000 or below.
Practice gratitude daily – it’s easier to see the negative things that happen nowadays, which can make us anxious or worried about the future, so this is where being grateful comes in. You can’t be grateful and worried at the same time so practice gratitude daily to fight pandemic anxiety and stress. Have a gratitude journal and list some things that you are grateful for every day. It doesn’t have to be something big, and it can be being able to eat delicious food, having a great conversation with a loved one, being able to talk to your friends who are miles away. The more you count the small blessings in your life, the more you’ll see the other things you can be grateful for.
Make time for yourself each day – it is also important to make time for yourself to do activities that don’t have anything to do with work. This will decrease the risk of burnout and allow you to be more productive and healthier as well, which includes improving your sleep quality. Take care of yourself by having a strict “no work” rule on your downtime (this doesn’t include reading emails).
Take a break from social media for a while – spend at least 30 minutes per week unplugged from technology – this could mean going back in history as far as sending handwritten letters or making phone calls instead of texting someone. Keep in mind that we are all different – so if you find social media relaxing, don’t worry about spending time on it.
Keep communication lines open with friends and family – make time to prioritize your relationships with others. Keep communication lines open with friends and family so that you’re never alone in this difficult time. This can greatly help your mental health, especially those who are experiencing cabin fever due to isolation. Social gatherings are limited nowadays, so maximize the power of technology to keep in touch with your families and friends.
As the new normal settles in and becomes routine, we can still make changes to our lifestyles. Remember that you don’t have to do everything at once; start with one or two of these tips a habit each week. The new normal is here, and it’s up to us how we want to live. What are some easy changes you’ve made in your life since the new normal?