We can’t possibly imagine all the implications our current situation will bring, and into what kind of world we will emerge. But on a bright note, this is an ideal time to prepare body and mind for the months ahead.
We have a huge opportunity to reassess how we choose to live our lives and create new habits. For example, we can choose to come out from this “shelter in place” period with a few extra pounds, feeling tired, stressed, and anxious, or we can come out in the best shape of our lives with a clearer mind and a stronger love for ourselves.
Another important factor to consider is that it is especially important to boost our immune system with practices that will prevent any disease, now more than ever before.
Here are some ideas for a self-care plan. Take and put into practice whatever serves you.
Meditation: Sit and be with yourself — that is the only thing you need to do for a simple meditation. Breathe, focusing on all your senses, one at a time. Focus on your breathing and rest in the peace of your own self. Start with three minutes; that is all you need at first to connect with yourself.
Movement: Stretch often (morning, midday, and night). Go for a brisk walk if you can or just walk around the house. Strengthen your body with squats and push-ups — those two simple movements work every single muscle of your body. And dance!
Eating: Plan your meals and set up times for each of them in your calendar. Avoid unnecessary trips to the kitchen to skip snacking during the day.
Drinking: Take in lots of water and warm liquids, and infuse them with citrus for extra vitamin C.
Connect with others: Check in with your family, friends, and loved ones on a regular basis. Try to be positive and offer support during each interaction.
Rest from news, social media, and technology: My rule is to not look at my phone, computer, or TV until an hour after I get up and an hour before bed.
Get outdoors: Go outside and breathe in the open air; walk to a park nearby if you can.
Relax: Take Epsom salt baths. They will relax you and will help with digestion. It is also believed that the salt absorbs negative energy or vibrations.
Last but not least: Try on a pair of jeans weekly and make sure they still fit.
Ana Nieto, with Mindful Online Workouts, is a board certified health coach and personal trainer, mindfulonlineworkouts.com