Tips: Physical Exercise Is Key
- Get a good night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is between 7 to 9 hours. Stick to a consistent schedule. And, it’s also very important to have wind-down period from your computers and cell phones at least 30-60 minutes before you actually hit the pillow.
- Exercise daily. Go for walks every day if you’re still allowed to where you live—we’ve been scheduling short hikes with our kids each afternoon. Look into online exercise or yoga videos, they will burn a lot of calories in a short time period. Also, keep in mind that consistent physical activity will lower stress and anxiety and improve mood. And, moreover, it will strengthen your immune system — a good thing to have during this coronavirus crisis.
- Eat the right foods. Avoid highly processed foods and refined sugar. Add fruits and vegetables to your diet. Also limit your alcohol consumption and caffeine; as both can aggravate stress and anxiety. Good nutrition is a game changer.
Tips: Keep A Schedule
It’s very important to keep a schedule especially if you live in an area where the government has declared a lock down and you’re working from home.
Incorporate these tips into your daily schedule and you’ll find that you have the structure you need to be productive and happy.
- Sunlight: Spend time in the sunshine in the early part of the day. Exposure to natural light is probably the most powerful way to establish a healthy circadian rhythm. If your area is discouraging nonessential time outdoors, at least sit by a window in the morning.
- Meals: Eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at consistent times.
- Exertion: Plan a consistent time for exercise (e.g., first thing in the morning; or after work).
- Bathing: It can surprisingly easy to fall off the shower wagon when you don’t have to leave the house for an extended length of time.
- Work: Follow a predictable work schedule, even when working from home. Put it in your calendar to make it feel more official.