5 Tips for Staying Sane During Self-Quarantine

While many of us may complain about having to go to school or work, once our routine is disrupted and we are forced to stay at home, it can quickly become apparent how important these obligations were to providing structure in our lives! Here are a few tips to help you stay mentally and physically healthy, even while social distancing:

1. Continue to have a schedule.

It can be easy to stop setting alarms or to become easily distracted by chores or technology when you are spending most of your time at home. While your time commitments and daily routine may be different during this time, that doesn’t mean you should start treating every day like a weekend. A recent study from Northwestern found that a lack of routine can cause stress, poor sleep, and ineffective use of time. So, continue to plan out your day to ensure you are making time for important tasks like work, self-care, sleeping, eating, and staying organized. You will feel better at the end of the day seeing how much you have accomplished!

2. Plan meal and snack times.

Grazing is a common problem for many people who work from home. This can lead to overeating or relying more on processed snack foods than whole foods for energy. Continue to plan meals and snacks on a daily or weekly basis and aim to eat every 2-4 hours during the day. Aim for a balance of nutrients at each meal and continue to prep food ahead of time to make healthier choices easier. If you need ideas for foods to have on hand during self-quarantine, check out our previous blog article.

3. Move your body every day.

Exercise has a multitude of benefits. It can boost mood, improve heart and bone health, and increase metabolism. It can also boost immunity by improving circulation and allowing the immune system to operate more effectively. Even if you can’t participate in exercise the same way you used to, find ways to stay active daily and get creative with the space or equipment you have at home. If you need some ideas, leave a comment on this page or check out these tips published last month by CNN.

4. Pick up a new (or old) hobby.

More free time could be a great opportunity to try something you always wanted to learn or get back into an activity that you haven’t had the time to pursue. Examples could be writing, painting, drawing, playing a musical instrument, photography, cooking, scrapbooking, or a host of other pursuits. You could also consider studying new subject matter, such as a foreign language or meditation. If you familiarize yourself with a new skill now, you will have an easier time continuing to utilize this skill once self-quarantine restrictions are lifted.

5. Schedule regular social time (from a distance).

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to how much social time they need to feel happy and complete. Whether you consider yourself to be more introverted or extroverted, keeping in contact with the people who are most important to you is critical for maintaining a sense of connection. Aim to reach out to at least one friend or family member daily, and schedule regular phone calls or video chats to keep in touch and prevent feelings of isolation or loneliness.

Thank you for reading! Please reach out if you need additional help with navigating nutrition and fitness routines– NOVA Sports Nutrition is offering all our services remotely at this time!

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