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Ways to Practice Self-Care During Quarantine

Ways to Practice Self-Care During Quarantine

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We find ourselves in the middle of unprecedented times where we are adapting to so much change all at once. Focusing on what you can control in times of uncertainty is one of the best well-being and resiliency strategies there is. Identify ways you can make goals happen in small and meaningful ways and remember, be gentle with yourself. One choice or one day will not make or break you. 

1. Routine is key. The number one thing that has seemed to have changed during coronavirus is our daily routine that got turned upside down. Without a structured routine and full day to feel an entire day at home may be tempting to just let the day unfold. Resist the urge, because maintaining structure is critical for physical and mental well-being.

2. Remember you zzz's. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your physical and mental health. Sleep supports your immune system, mental health, and overall well-being in many ways. Aim for 7-9 hours of good quality sleep a night and avoid the temptation to stay up all-night binge-watching Netflix or, worse, scrolling through (never uplifting) news.

3. Fuel your body. It may be easy to snack while home all day but fuel your body with quality nutrition which will help you sustain energy levels and boost immunity during this time. Focus on meals that include lean protein, fruits, vegetables and fiber-rich carbohydrates (think whole-wheat pasta, quinoa, sweet potatoes and oats). 

4. Get Going. Staying at home doesn't have to mean sitting still. Regular movement throughout the day helps boost your energy, reduce stress and minimize tightness and discomfort—all things that are so critically important during these times. Exercise can also help you feel more mentally grounded. 

5. DIY. You've been pushing off those at home projects for years well now is your chance! Use breaks to work on things around the house or creating fun projects for you and your family.

6. You Time. Lastly, don't forget to schedule time for you. Create boundaries for those things that are most important to you. Boundaries are something you can control, and they give you the time and space to take care of yourself. What do you need to feel your best?

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