We made it.
2020 is in our collective rear-view mirror. It was a tough year, with many challenges and pivots to our personal and professional lives.
Now, it's 2021. Sure, it's a new year but there are many challenges that aren't going away just because the clock struck midnight.
For example, have you heard of the COVID-15? Being stuck inside, many of us might have been a little overindulgent with our snacking. Staying healthy without a global pandemic is hard enough, but being forced inside without access to our normal exercise classes or routines can feel downright difficult.
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy, even when we're stuck at home, for now.
Pack your lunch. One major way to stay healthy when you're going to work everyday is still true even when working from home. Packing or planning your lunch is a great way to keep your healthy eating routine intact. Of course we all want to support our local restaurants in this time of need. But perhaps order out for dinner on the weekends rather than ordering a cheeseburger every day for lunch.
Keep moving. It's January and with that comes the long list of resolutions. Many of us want to get in better shape or get back to our exercise routine again. Before you start training for a marathon, be sure you keep your goals SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound). Most importantly, keep in mind this very important fact for goal achievement: Failure is okay. Many of us set goals for ourselves that are unattainable, and when we can't succeed, we give up entirely. This isn't a great way to start off 2021, so if you fail, remind yourself that it's okay. Focus on what you do MOST of the time instead of ALL of the time. Creating healthy, lasting habits is more important than checking one box one time.
Self-care. Mental health is so important, especially now - and I mean now. As in, during the winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depression that can settle in during the change of seasons like when it's cold outside and the days are darker. Sometimes, those that are already diagnosed with depression can be more sensitive to seasonal changes which can heighten their symptoms. Although, many people can be affected by SAD even if they are not already diagnosed without any preexisting mental health diagnosis. Get more information on SAD here.
For more healthy tips, watch our video below.