We are thinking of our clients and their families – past and current – during this COVID-19 time. Taking care of ourselves during this time is vital and we encourage you to take care of you and your families as much as possible. Erin Clifford, Partner at Clifford Law Offices, has a passion for health and wellness, and is an experienced wellness coach. She shares some of her expert advice on how to stay healthy (and sane) during quarantine.
Nutrition During Quarantine
Eat Nutritious Foods
Right now, it is essential to load up on healthy foods to support your immunity. Stay away from junk food, processed foods, and sugar as much as possible – even though it can be tempting – and load up on whole foods. Ideas include vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, fish, whole grains (quinoa, barley, brown rice, wild rice – to name a few) and healthy fats.
In addition, too much caffeine can make you anxious, while alcohol can cause depression. Thus, moderation is key.
For recipe ideas, we encourage you to read Erin’s blog where she has dozens of healthy recipes to choose from.
Consume Food You Already Have
Shopping for groceries can be stressful at this time. Some of you may be wary to venture out or are concerned that the shelves are empty. This is your opportunity to get creative in the kitchen. Go through your refrigerator, freezer and pantry to see what you already have. Chances are you have many healthy foods and meals already available that your bought ages ago and forgot about. It will also save you money.
Load up on Herbs and Spices
Spices and herbs are healthy for you, and each one has its own benefit. For example, turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties, while ginger is known to improve digestion. Ceylon cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial effects. Parsley is rich in vitamins and is antibacterial, while cilantro fights infections. Add your favorites to recipes or find recipes that contain spices and herbs.
Physical Activity While at Home
Yes, many gyms are closed throughout the country, but this is not an excuse to stop working out. Make a point to keep up with your fitness routine during quarantine by doing at-home workouts. Find some on YouTube, or download apps like Peleton, CorePower or Aaptiv. Many fitness providers are now offering free trials.
Play With Your Family
If you have children or dogs, this is a good time to play with them more than usual. Ideas include, playing tag or hide and seek with your kids, or playing tug of war with your dog. Not only will this keep you moving, but you will also be creating healthy family memories. You can even have board game contests or get your kids cooking in the kitchen.
Mental Wellness During Uncertain Times
De-stressing during this time is important. Select a space where you can meditate on your own. If you’re new to meditation, you can use an app like Calm or Headspace.
Have a Gratitude Journal
We believe there is always something to be grateful for, even during uncertain times. Take this time to start a gratitude journal where every day you write five things you are thankful for. This will help put focus on the things you do have and help give you a positive mindset. You can also go outdoors for a gratitude walk. Pay attention to all the beautiful things the natural world has to offer and get your steps in too.
If you have any questions about this blog post, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Erin is happy to answer any wellness-related questions to support you during this time.