Like many of you, we are staying close to home these days, due to the Covid -19 virus and health warnings by our local government. While we do what we can by staying home and not contributing to the spread of the virus, we also wanted to check in and share a few ways that we are staying positive during these difficult times.
Don't get me wrong, this is a hard time for all of us. I've had more than my fair share of dark days, when the whole state of the world overwhelms me. One thing that kept me going?
The knowledge that tomorrow would bring another day, another chance for me to do better, be better, to myself and to others.
While these days still pop up occasionally, these last couple weeks I've managed to find my stride, and stay more positive, more grounded and happy.
What worked for me? A couple things:
I know, we've all heard it a million times. But maybe you need to hear it one more time... exercise helps boost our hormone levels, awakens our muscles and is proven to help you feel better. Getting out for a walk in the morning will help set your day up on a good note, feeling accomplished early will have a snowball effect on the rest of your day. You'll feel more capable, strong, and optimistic.
Start small, and work yourself up to longer walks, light jogging or hiking when you are inspired to do so. Don't make this into a job, but something you are choosing to do, for yourself.
Can't leave your apartment? Try an online yoga class. I've done the 30 days challenge with the Bad Yogi, Erin Motz
many times over the years...when I am getting back into exercise, this is a good way to start small, but also feel accountable. The videos are short, so you only need to commit 10-15 minutes per day to start. I also appreciate that she stresses that you don't have to be perfect, or have even done yoga before! She walks you through it with kindness and humour.
I know, another thing you've heard before. We all know it's good to eat better, that feeding our bodies with healthy nutrients and minerals makes us happier, stronger, all the things! But somehow, it's easier said than done.
Junk foods are designed to be addictive. Salty, sweet, these flavours our taste buds love and want more of it all the time.
How do you get off the junk food train? The only way I've been able to do it, is not have any junk food in my home. I know, if I have it, I'll eat it. So I don't keep any sugar, processed foods or potato chips in our pantry.
We are both vegan in our household, but I'm not saying you have to go that way. Cutting out processed junk foods is a great step towards living and eating healthy.
It will take a few days, but eventually you will stop craving the sweet and salty roller coaster. Apples, oranges, dates, raisins, these will be your sweets, and cleaner, fresh dishes will contribute to your salty flavours, olives, pickles are great for this.
We stock our pantry full of healthy alternatives, so there is no excuse to go out and buy junk food (not that we can right now, with the quarantine in effect!) I order direct from Hama Organics, a online store based in Ladysmith BC. They will ship the organic bulk food right to your door, saving you a trip to the grocery store. And it's not even very expensive!
Personally though, we feel like your health is something worth paying a little extra for. It's cheaper than expensive hospital bills later on in life!
Other than that, I find keeping your daily to do list short is important. You don't need to set big expectations for yourself during this time, but rather focus on your mental health and what you need personally. Stay strong, I know we will all get through this, and be so grateful for the time ahead, together!
Thanks for reading everyone, stay safe, stay well, and I'll see you out at markets again some day soon! Together, we will get through this, apart.