Staying Happy During Quarantine

With both the holidays and another shut down quickly approaching, its normal to feel stressed out and down. Here are some ways to lower your stress and stay happy in quarantine:

  • Positive Thinking
    • Positivity is a skill anyone can have- next time you have a negative thought, think of how you can change it to something positive. Try to remind yourself that everything happens for a reason and even the worst things have either a positive side or a lesson.
  • Eat Healthy
    • Eating healthy can make you happier in two different ways. When you eat good, you feel good and will look good too. Eating nutrient dense foods also gives the body enough energy to last all day. Try to take advantage of the seasonal fruits and vegetables in your area such as roots or citrus.
  • Stay in Touch
    • Social Distancing is important to keep the community healthy, one way to keep in contact with your loved ones is making an effort to call or FaceTime them regularly.
  • Incorporate More Light
    • You don’t need to go outside to take advantage of restorative natural light, try to adjust your schedule to the sun; If you’re usually a late sleeper, try just for the winter months to wake up an hour or so earlier.
  • Get Your Blood Flowing
    • Now is the perfect time to switch up your workout routine. Challenge yourself to try new exercises in your own home, I like to do squats while I wait for my food to cook or during commercials.
  • Live Your Life
    • Don’t let the cold and quarantine get in the way of having fun, but do it safely. Bundle up and go out in nature and do something out of your comfort zone, like sledding, or a winter walk.

Does the way you sleep affect your back?

Since every body is different, no one position is best for everyone. Believe it or not, when we sleep we actually switch positions around every 20 minutes. This is our bodies way of regulating itself to find the best position for pressure dependent areas in the body such as the spine. If you’re someone whose suffering from spine issues, the important thing is to have a firmer mattress; soft mattresses allow for more motion, causing your body to work harder. Another way to get more rejuvenating sleep is to make sure your spine is aligned. Someone with a bigger torso may need a larger pillow than a smaller person. Pillows for other parts of the body can help align the spine as well; If you have back problems you may not want to stretch your legs all the way, a pillow under the knees may be very helpful and side sleepers can put a small pillow between their legs. No one solution will work for everyone and could change from month to month, so its best to try different methods to see which works best for you.

Healthy Fats

People often forget to include healthy fats, or Monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats in their diet. Healthy fats have a wide array of benefits and are a source for energy and cell support. Fish, nuts, olive oil, avocado, and dark chocolate are some examples of food rich in healthy fats. You can exchange fats with carbohydrates if you are trying to cut down your carb intake. Many people who try to cut carbs don’t do this, so their body will eventually start craving carbs. Some benefits of healthy fats include lower risk of heart disease and stroke, improved brain function, and lower blood pressure. The fats you want to avoid include trans fats or saturated fats, found in things like candy and junk food.

Something to think about

With the way society is set up, it seems like a majority of people are constantly on the go. Productivity is always a good thing, but it is so important to have balance by taking some time to work on YOURSELF. Taking even just a small amount of time each day for reflection and relaxing is so good for your well being. Make some time to take a bath, read, journal, excersize, go on a walk, meditate, or use your creativity. You will never regret giving yourself the time, it is an act of self-compassion.