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Tips to Boost Wellness and Manage Stress During Quarantine

Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices, is also a holistic wellness coach. She has been speaking to organizations during these uncertain times to share helpful, sustainable action steps. This post includes some of her tips to use during this quarantine time to take 100% control of your health and get ahead of the game to be healthier and happier when you come out of this.

Take the time to set goals and priorities.

This can start with creating a daily schedule:

daily schedule
Make sure to set you work hours, let your colleagues and/or clients know, and do not respond outside of those hours.

Exercise releases endorphins and reduces stress.

Gyms are closed, but this is not an excuse to stop working out. Make a point to keep up with your fitness routine by doing at-home workouts.

exercise

While working at home, get up and move!

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Make sure you and your family are eating immune boosting foods.

Fruits: Apples, Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Kiwi, Papaya, Melons, Berries

Vegetables: Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, Kale, Cauliflower

Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Macadamia Nuts, Brazil Nuts

Seeds: Chia Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds

Whole Grains: Couscous, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Oats, Farro, Barley, Buckwheat

Fats and Oils: Avocados, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Grass-fed Butter

Protein Foods: Grass-fed Beef, Wild-caught Fish, Free-range Poultry, Eggs, Tempeh, Yogurt, Legumes

Herbs and Spices: Ginger, Garlic, Cinnamon, Black Pepper

Beverages: Green Tea, Kombucha, Coconut Water, Kefir, Bone Broth

healthy foods

Look for what foods you already have before shopping. While grocery stores are restocking, go through your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to create nutritious meals. Chances are you have many healthy foods and meals available at your fingertips.

Prep meals and healthy snacks to have on hand. If you don’t like to cook there are plenty of healthy meal delivery services available in each city.

Avoid sugar, fats, fried food and mindless eating. Instead choose a healthy snacks such as hummus, apples and peanut butter or a smoothie.

Mindfulness or the “science of chill” is a way to manage your stress and anxiety during quarantine.

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Practice gratitude by creating a Gratitude Journal. Write 5 things you are grateful for first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed at night.

Make sure to get plenty of sleep during this time.

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To help fall asleep:

  • Make sure the room is dark
  • No phone, TV or computer ideally 60 minutes before bedtime
  • Take a bath with Epson salts or shower to cool down your body temperature
  • Drink herbal tea to relax
  • Consult with your healthcare provider about supplementation, such as melatonin or CBD oil
  • Use a sleep sound noise generator machine or smartphone app

Other ways to reduce stress and stay positive.

other tips

Remember, this too shall pass. A new season is right around the corner. It’s only a moment in time so stay hopeful and take care of you and your family. Positive vibes!
– Erin Clifford

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