Are you stuck at home?

With large gatherings, workplaces and schools being shut down or closed, a lot of us are finding ourselves isolated, stuck inside and bored. Here are a few things I am doing personally and am advising others to do to keep the immune system strong!

1 – Continue to eat healthy by cooking at home. During times of high anxiety and stress it’s easy to slip into bad habits. Comfort food can make us feel better in the short term, but too much sugar and carbs cause unintended health consequences eventually. Instead, try looking for a few new recipes and take this extra time at home to explore something you would order when you’re out to eat. For example, my family recently made our own hybrid version of Pho and Ramen- it was delicious!

2 – Add movement to your day. If you’re working from home, you’re probably not getting up and moving as much as you normally would. Going outside for a brisk walk helps get some much needed fresh air and sunshine, while boosting your metabolism and immune system. Getting 5000 to 10,000 steps per day (about 2 to 5 miles) is ideal to burn calories and will prevent you from getting tight muscles and stiff joints.

3 – Keep up with your cardio and strength training. Not only will this help you stay in shape, but you will be promoting blood flow throughout your body which helps boost the immune system in order to fight off viruses.

4 – Give yourself a break from following the news. It can be overwhelming to be consistently reading, watching or listening to the news. With all sports being cancelled or postponed there is not as many options to shift your focus off the current events. IT’S OK TO TAKE A BREAK! Not to downplay the seriousness of the situation, but you must figure out a way to live life without compromising your sanity!

5 – Take time to connect with friends and loved ones. This one is really important when “social distancing” is part of our new normal. Take the time to reach out to a friend, family or neighbor and connect. Small acts of kindness like delivering some groceries can make a huge impact on someone who’s house-bound. When I help others, it brings me joy and that joy lasts a lot longer than when I am only doing something to benefit myself. Try it, you will be surprised how amazing you feel when you make someone else’s day.