Guest Blog: Justin Bennett (@HealthyFit.info)
Tips for Full-Body Wellness as We Reenter the World.
As vaccines roll out and areas begin to open back up fully, we approach the very cusp of normalcy. Counterintuitive as it may be, however, you might find that this almost-there period is even harder and more frustrating than the months leading up to it. Transitions are always challenging, even those we want the most. Here are some tips for how to navigate this time with grace and prepare to reenter the world.
Start Planning Your Wardrobe
If you’ve been able to mainly shelter at home over these last few months, you may be one of the many who have grown used to a very casual attire. If you genuinely enjoy this look, there’s nothing wrong with that, but for many, this style has been driven by apathy and a “why bother” attitude. That perspective may have served a valuable function during the worst of the last few months, but a new look can help you transition joyfully into the post-lockdown world.
Honestly Assess Your Diet
Nutritional goals often fall to the wayside during difficult periods in life. It’s a normal reaction to stress to eat too much, too little, or prioritize junky foods over less-processed options.
One great way to make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need is to focus on having three meals and two to three snacks each day. If you’ve been struggling with low moods, you can add depression-busting foods like yogurt, dark berries, and walnuts into your daily meal plan. You might have strayed so far from a healthy diet that you’re not sure where to start - if that’s the case, consider seeing a registered dietician.
Start Practicing Stress-Reduction Methods
For many people, going back out into the world is going to cause a lot of stress. We’ve spent the last year training ourselves to avoid interacting with people outside of our homes. Even though we can logically understand that those situations will become safe again, we may have lingering subconscious anxiety about the whole process once we return to normal social practices.
Stress-reduction techniques, such as mindfulness, deep breathing, or daily yoga practice can help our subconscious mind process this transition. Keep in mind that if you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder or other types of mental illness, you may need to combine stress-reduction techniques with therapy and medication to effectively treat your issues.
We are mere months away from our next great adventures. Prepare yourself: There is so much beauty in life to come.
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