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The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging both mentally and physically. Many individuals have struggled with isolation due to stay-at-home orders, for example. Plus, people have generally been leading more sedentary lifestyles while cooped up in their homes. As vaccines are rolled out and the world reopens, it's time to regain control of your wellbeing.
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Embrace healthy eating
A nutritious diet promotes physical wellbeing and can even support good mental health. Instead of buying prepared processed foods, commit to cooking more often at home. Healthy eating involves a balanced diet of nutritious foods, and should include good carbs, prioritizing lean proteins, and boosting fiber intake.
Switch up your physical fitness routine
Exercise is likewise important to protecting mental and physical wellbeing. If you're stuck in a workout rut, switch it up. Variation will help prevent boredom and stimulate different muscle groups, ensuring more impactful workouts. For example, if you usually run on the treadmill, try going for a hike or doing a dance class instead. And if you’re a pet owner who uses a treadmill, consider getting one for your dog so you both can stay in shape! There are many options available, though read up on these treadmills before committing to one.
Eliminate harmful habits
As part of your commitment to a happier, healthier you, consider what bad habits you have that you want to get rid of. For example, maybe you want to quit smoking or drink less alcohol. Healthline offers tips for breaking habits, such as knowing your triggers, preparing for slip-ups, and enlisting the help of a supportive friend.
Get a handle on stress
As the world reopens, you may find yourself getting worried about everyday situations. For example, some people find that they are experiencing more social anxiety than they did in the past after nearly a year of isolation. Mindful recommends using meditation to cope with stress. Simple steps like deep breathing exercises can help you keep your cool.
Ramp up your social life
You probably didn't see your family and friends as much as you would have liked during the pandemic shutdowns. Make up for lost time now by socializing more frequently. Research indicates that maintaining social connections can actually contribute to good mental health. Regular socializing can even minimize the risk of age-related cognitive decline.
Improve your work-life balance
A heavy workload can cause stress and put you at a risk of burnout. In the wake of COVID-19, resolve to improve your work-life balance. Set a strict stopping time for your workday and stick to it. In order to strike a better balance, adopt strategies like eliminating perfectionism and avoiding time-wasting people. What’s more, adapting a time management system will help you stay on track at work, which can help free up more time for your family.
Address career dissatisfaction
Maybe work-life balance isn't the issue. Perhaps you're simply dissatisfied with your job. If so, make a change! Get the skills you need for a better position by furthering your education. Western Governors University offers business degrees covering everything from leadership to marketing. Since the programs are online, you can complete them alongside your job.
Make rest and relaxation priorities
As you prepare to reenter the post-COVID world, it can be easy to get caught up in a flurry of activity. Returning to the office, getting a degree, socializing with family and friends—all of this can leave you feeling overloaded and drained of energy. Make time to rest and relax. For example, you might schedule a massage to unwind.
Adapting to the "new normal" in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic may be nerve-wracking. By taking the steps above, you can boost your mental and physical fitness, ensuring a smooth transition.
Contributing Blog Written by Leslie Campos of Well Parents