Staying healthy in heart, body and mind during this time can be overwhelming at best. Even without a pandemic, it’s not uncommon for many of us to feel completely swept up in emotional stress, and that sometimes manifests physically, by way of illness or sheer exhaustion.
I've been there, and I feel you. That’s why I’ve developed these simple strategies to implement into your daily routine, changing your life now and beyond. By tagging them onto existing habits, as Dr Chatterjee does, they never get lost in the abyss of ‘good intentions’.
I hope you enjoy these valuable tips on staying mindful, intentional and well.
1. Leave Your Running Shoes Beside the Bed.
When you wake in the morning and it’s dark and cold outside, the last thing you’ll want to do is remove those cosy covers! Make this process easier for yourself by placing your running shoes beside the bed the night prior as a tangible reminder of good intentions that cannot be ignored. Rain, hail or shine, the shoes go on and the workout ensues. Rather than zapping you of energy, a morning workout invigorates you and produces even more energy.
2. Meditate While Your Coffee Machine is Heating.
"Is that possible?” you ask. “Don’t I need a yoga mat, a secret garden and shanti music to meditate?” All good questions. However, meditation is possible anywhere and it all starts with breathing. Firstly, close your eyes and take five deep, slow breaths through the nose. When thoughts drop into your mind, take note of them and remove them. You just meditated for 30 seconds, instantly changing the way your body feels and inadvertently editing the way your mind reacts to stressful moments throughout the rest of your day
3. Take a Daily Health Supplement.
I recommend leaving WelleCo Super Exilir Greens or a health supplement on your desk, so you remember to take it every day. On that note, eat a roasted garlic clove every day if you don’t have time for illness.
4. During Lunch, Take a Stroll.
If you can’t make time for exercise outside of work hours, you can carve out some time at lunch to walk around the block. A 15 minute walk every day is the essential refresher – especially if your job is desk bound. Those 15 minutes equate to 1hr 15m of exercise and fresh air per working week, and that's 1hr 15m that you weren’t doing before.
5. Drink Water.
According to DripDrop, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration can cause fatigue, memory loss, irritability, bad breath, headaches and frequent illness. Keep a water bottle with you at all times so you never forget to hydrate!
6. Turn Your Devices to Night Mode.
Every evening at 5pm, I switch my devices to night mode to cut out blue light and unnecessary distractions. If you find yourself reaching for your phone, ask yourself, “Can it wait until tomorrow?” In most cases, it can.
7. Finish the Day with a Tea Ritual.
Helping you to connect with your partner or family members, the daily tea ritual is a must at the end of a long day. As night falls, head outside whether the weather is warm or chilly. With only the stars above and cups of tea in hand, you’ll be amazed at the connections you begin to forge. No longer are you passing ships in your home. Instead, you are highly connected beings.
Read a book every night before bed, if only for five minutes. You could even do this whilst lying on the floor with your legs up the wall! While it may sound bizarre, this pose alleviates stress and tension, and is easy enough for anyone to do.
9. Keep a Gratitude Journal Beside the Bed.
Every night before falling to sleep, write down three things for which you are grateful. This important process allows you to focus on your blessings rather than falling into the traps of disappointment, envy, anger or resentment – all of which can only be felt when gratitude doesn’t exist. Drift off to sleep knowing you’re the luckiest girl alive and watch your stress melt away.
10. Get Enough Sleep.
Have a sleep routine that means you DO get enough sleep. It’s important to go to sleep and wake at the same time every day as this sets your circadian rhythm. Try wearing an eye mask and diffusing lavender oil to gently send you off to the land of nod.