While staying at home on the daily might seem miserable, there are some benefits. We have a chance to slow down, reflect, and learn.
Tammy Fry is a health and lifestyle expert and is the force behind Fry Family Foods, which produces over 60 different plant-based brands which can be found in 28 countries around the world.
She is a forever optimist and believes that life is getting better through this pandemic. One way life is getting better--our health. We can focus on taking care of ourselves now that we’re home more, and this is the time to work on our immunity before we wander back out into the unknown.
Her five tips to boosting immunity include: Good food; Supplements; Natural mood boosters; Calming practices; and--STFU.
This is our favorite, which means: Sleep. To. Feel. Unbelievable.
Tammy says, “Sleep is a wonderful immune booster and let’s face it, a good REM sleep not only feels good, it grounds you by giving both your body and your mind the rest it needs to mentally, physically and emotionally stave off whatever comes your way. Now that there are no late-night parties, dinner with friends, or drinks at the pub, you can more easily prep to get 7-9 hours of quality sleep. Studies have shown huge benefits to the immune system and increased number of T-cells (immune cells which protect the body from cancer cells and other pathogens), when getting your full sleep quota.”
Crack Wise-dom: Now when we tell someone to STFU, we can tell them it’s because we care about their health. No, really. We do.
P.S. If we attempted what Tammy is doing in the picture above, there’d be a guaranteed health insurance claim.
Hands down, our hands are taking a beating. Normal activities are bad enough, but throw in the obsessive hand-washing and hand-sanitizing that most of us are engaging in and, well, things are rough.
Regular moisturizers and creams can’t handle this level of raw, dry, cracked-ness. That’s where Gloves In a Bottle waves in.
This is a shielding lotion that bonds to the skin to create a protective layer that lasts through four hours of washing and sanitizing until it needs to be re-applied. Its unique formula helps rebuild skin so it can hold its own natural oils and moisture again while reducing skin irritation from over-washing.
It's a miracle!
The gym may be closed to the public for now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t work out—even if your space is small.
If your place is too tight to do a routine via stream, that’s fine. You’ve got your body. Use it.
Heather Gunn Rivera, co-founder of Grassroots Fitness Project, says drop to the floor and do these:
1. Pushups (15)
2. Squats and Single Leg Squats (15)
3. Plank Scaption (10)
4. Lunges (20 - 10 each side)
5. Plank (1 minute)
*Repeat 3-5 times
Look at you, all fit and fab. No #Quarantine15 for you!
We live in strange times, united by a bitch named COVID-19. Remember those times you’d lament about only wanting some time to lie around on your couch and do nothing? Now that a lot of nothing is happening, a lot of crazy is setting in--stir crazy, that is.
Author Kay Hutchison of My Life in 37 Therapies has five therapies that begin with “S” to help with our cabin fever.
You now have a once-in-a-life-time opportunity to slow everything down. The strictures are gone, just let it all go. Take time over the simple things in life. Eating, walking, cooking, and sleeping. Perhaps turn off all the notifications on your devices and just check in with things a few times during the day.
SORT YOUR DAY
Even if you aren’t working and having to look after children it’s worth trying to have a degree of routine, a schedule. Nothing too rigid but it’s worthwhile to set out rough times for Working – Eating – Sleeping – Exercising – Relaxing – and having Fun.
Be willing to welcome silence into your day, and even being completely alone. We’ve become used to incessant noise, music, traffic, phone conversations, but it’s not a natural way of being. If you are self-isolating, try to find joy in being on your own. Many people who live alone are probably at an advantage at this time as they are naturally used to being self-sufficient and enjoying their own company.
As the pressures of society are changing it’s a great opportunity to make time for a good night’s sleep. You’ve possibly always thought taking a slow, relaxed approach to going to bed was a good idea but never quite managed it. Now might be the time to try. Put down the digital devices in the early evening, ignore the news headlines, take a bath, go to bed with some light reading, perhaps even listening to a guided meditation or some soothing music.
There’s one simple, no-cost, practice we can do which will help us and our bodies through this time. Slow and gentle breathing. In for a count of 6, hold it for 2, then breathe out for 6. Notice the cool, clean air as you breathe in, the warmer air as you breathe out.
Crack Wise-dom: These are helpful tips. Because we can’t kick COVID-19 in the crotch like we want to…
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