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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear” – Luke 12:22
How can you stay healthy during such difficult circumstances? Here are 3 essential and science-backed ways on maintaining your health:
1. Take care of your mind, soul, wellbeing
It’s okay to not be okay right now. Remembering that you and I have 0% control over this challenging time is one huge leap towards a rich inner peace.
How can you take control of your mental health?
Accept your emotions of anger, frustration, sadness, and helplessness while channeling them into a healthy or creative medium such as art, poetry, writing, sports, or music.
Find your creative outlet
“ I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.”Willie Nelson
Try writing down how you feel in a journal, prayer journal, or a bullet journal. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, journaling can help “reduce stress, manage anxiety, [and help one] cope with depression”.
Practice daily prayer and mindfulness
- Prayer is a powerful tool to also relieve stress. According to a study conducted by Columbia University, “regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice thickens part of the brain cortex” and “guards against depression”.
- Try Breathing exercises! It can “lower stress levels, reduce blood pressure, and regulate other important bodily processes” according to healthline.com. The University of Michigan offers many tips on effective breathing exercises here.
- Mindfulness. Your mindset is so powerful. Having hope and seeing the best of things in troubling times are keys to success to many people. Changing your mindset and practicing gratitude and thankfulness is also an incredibly great way to stay positive.
Talking to someone
- Communicating your feelings to your best friend, parent, or a psychologist is crucial to maintaining your mental health. Furthermore, you and I are obligated to console those who need to be consoled.
- If you are not comfortable speaking to a friend or family member, text HOME to 741741 and connect with a crisis counselor for free 24/7 or visit crisistextline.org
2. Take care of your body
Sports and exercise for at least 20 mins 3 times per week is a scientifically proven way to de-stress. Recently, I’ve been taking beginner ballet classes from a professional dancer on YouTube called the Ballet Coach.
Simply taking a leisurely walk while enjoying the scenery and fresh air (while wearing a mask of course!) can lower your cortisol levels.
Rest and Relaxation
Time to use those gifted beeswax candles, sweet-smelling lotions, and charcoal face masks! Don’t forget to treat yourself and take care of your hygiene.
Whenever, I feel stressed and overworked I have my own inexpensive and relaxing “me day”. Give your hair a treat by deep conditioning your it with luscious leave in conditioners. You can even freshen up by cleaning up your brows and shaving your legs for girls.
Remember also to get a good night’s sleep of 8-9 hours!
Taking care of yourself and your hygiene will help you relax and de-stress.
Eat healthy foods
According to Harvard University:
“A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar, which can help keep appetite in check”.
“Eating non-starchy vegetables and fruits like apples, pears, and green leafy vegetables may even promote weight loss.  Their low glycemic loads prevent blood sugar spikes that can increase hunger.”
3. Maintaining a sense of “normalcy”
Creating a daily routine
Purchase a planner or simply write your goals down for the day.
Have a regular and consistent sleep schedule by avoiding electronic screens 1 hour before bed as the blue light will keep you awake.
Develop a nighttime routine in replacement of screen time. You can read your favorite book such as a novel or the Bible. Another great idea is to pray and journal before you sleep.
Make goals and try new things.
1. Take care of your mind, soul, and emotional wellbeing
Accept your feelings and channel them into a healthy and creative outlet
2. Take care of your body
maintain your wellbeing through food and leisurely exercise
3. Maintain a sense of “normalcy”
craft your own daily routine and stay productive
How can you help others during Covid-19?
I would love to know how you can help or are already helping others during Covid-19 by leaving a comment down below!
“Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy”Luke 12: 33
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