Self-Care and Coronavirus – Part One

Note:  I am not a doctor, medical or fitness professional, nor am I making any recommendations to my readers.  I am only sharing actions I am personally taking.  Please do your research and consult with a medical, fitness or other professionals as needed.  Thank you for reading!

Lately, I’ve been on the struggle bus so often, I have my own seat.  Everywhere around me, I see fear and panic.  I’ve even named it pandemic panic, because you can’t spell pandemic without panic.  At times, it’s overwhelming.

Fortunately, I’ve come to realize that while I can’t control much of what’s going on in the world right now, there are things I can control.  The first thing I can do is make choices to boost my physical health because, while I cannot avoid all illness, or fix all medical conditions, I can make choices that will increase my overall health and boost my immune system.

I can choose what and how I eat.  For me, this means I eat whole foods most of the time and follow intermittent fasting.  While I have always strived to eat a healthy diet, I started to notice that my body doesn’t respond well to certain foods.  So, I’ve dramatically cut down on the amount of these foods I eat.  Not only have I noticed a difference in my weight and energy levels, I also get sick far less often.

I can choose to add vitamins and supplements to my diet.  Since the coronavirus outbreak, I’ve gotten even better about taking them regularly.  The bonus?  Healthier hair and nails.

I can choose sleep.  I may not always get enough sleep (sometimes, my brain gets in the way), but I can choose to go to bed at time that allows me to get at least 7 hours of sleep and get my body ready by winding down at the end of the evening.   I can also control the setting – making sure I have a good bed, cool room and lavender essential oil.

I can choose to move.  I believe that exercise is a celebration of what my body can do.  Since the quarantine, I’ve worked out even more.  Fortunately, my gym is offering interactive classes, and I supplement that with walks along one of the many trails around my city.  Not only does it help me maintain my physical health, it also improves my mood.  To quote Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  And happy people don’t shoot their husbands.”

I can choose to get outside.  I am fortunate to have a park in my neighborhood.  I walked the dogs out there one day and it was so peaceful, I decided to stay for a few minutes and enjoy being in nature.  Even if I didn’t have this park, I would still find a way to get outside.  Sunlight is the best way to get Vitamin D – and the best disinfectant!

By taking charge of the things I can control, I am better equipped to deal with the chaos.  Is it easy?  No.  Sometimes, it’s downright hard.  Is it worth it?  Absolutely.

Have you made any changes to help you deal with the current situation?  Has it helped?  I would love to hear your tips.

 

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