A recent CNN article highlighted the impact COVID-19 is having beyond just the life-threatening complications it presents. With the abrupt and drastic changes we’ve all experienced, it’s disrupted our everyday mental and physical health in subtle but big ways.

Stress & weight levels are higher. Amount of sleep and movement are lower. That’s a bad combination when it comes to living a healthy, happy life!

“Quarantine life is challenging, to say the least, and all of us are struggling mentally, emotionally and physically. And no one would blame you for being tempted to abandon your diet and exercise plan and reach for the tub of ice cream while binge-watching that tiger show that everyone is talking about.”

An excerpt from the CNN article

So, what can you do beyond just trying to kickstart another fad diet in the midst of a pandemic? The article points out four things you can do to help.

Shop Smart

“When it comes to quarantine shopping, it’s important to be organized, especially when it comes to eating enough fruits and vegetables (aim for five servings per day if you can). Buy a combination of fresh, frozen and canned to last you at least a week or more.”

Thrive Resource: How To Give Your Immune System A Boost

Manage Stress

“I know, it isn’t easy. Balancing homeschooling, financial challenges, cabin fever, social isolation and illness is stressful, but stress can contribute to poor eating choices and increase fat deep in your belly (underneath the muscle) that can contribute to heart disease and diabetes even more than the pinchable fat that lies directly underneath your skin.

Practice mindfulness, meaning doing your best trying to live in the present versus worrying too much about the future. That’s the advice from Joanne Koegl, a licensed marriage and family therapist who tells clients to take time out of their day to focus on simple things such as the warmth of the sun, the beauty of a flower, the taste of a bite of chocolate or the laugh of a child…Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to reach out for professional help.”

Thrive Resource: Teletherapy Services

Sleep Right

“Try to stay on a relatively normal sleep schedule, experts recommend. This is much easier to do if you follow basic sleep principles including avoiding excess alcohol before bed, keeping your room as dark as possible and at about 65 degrees Fahrenheit and exercising regularly. And turn off the news (and put down your phones) in the hours before bed.”

Thrive Resource: Not Getting Enough Sleep Can Kill You

Move More

“Sitting at the computer for hours, whether doing Zoom work calls or socializing, and staying inside on evenings and weekends binge-watching television, along with shopping and socializing online, easily all add up to several hundred fewer calories burned per day through non-exercise activity, which is often higher than intentional exercise for most people. It’s essential to incorporate more movement and less sitting every day.”

Thrive Resource: Thrive Rewards