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5 Ways To Practice Gratitude and Boost Your Energy During COVID

As we approach Thanksgiving and the end of 2020, it’s easy to start reflecting on what a bizarre year this has been. It can be really easy to think about what we’ve missed out on, or what we are going to miss out on because of COVID-19. It’s okay to mourn these things, to grieve whatever losses we have experienced, but it is just as important to feel gratitude for everything that we have done, and everything that we do have. And when you start to get anxious or irritated, remember these 5 things:

Be kind to yourself

I recently made the decision to move to Tulum, Mexico. Sounds crazy, but I am thrilled that it’s fairly easy to socially distance and spend ample time outside. Even still, just like many others, I am spending more time at home. There are a few things that have surprised me about staying home more often and doing less socializing. I thought staying home was going to allow me so much time to get things done. I thought I would get my laundry done, and do so much cleaning, and also tackle work with great efficiency. But no! The days seem to blend into the next and I keep eyeing my laundry basket getting fuller and fuller.

My advice on this one is to first, breathe. Deep breaths. Allow yourself some space and gentleness. This isn’t a time to rush or go overboard. Instead of being overcome by frustration or pressure to get things done, try focusing on gratitude for what you do have and have already done.  Even if there are chores to be finished and things to clean, don’t forget that we are living in a time of greater stress and we completely deserve to be caring and gentle toward ourselves. Your laundry will get done…eventually.

Stick to a routine

When other pieces of life feel out of control, sometimes very simple things like a routine can make a world of difference. Getting into a bit of a rhythm with your day isn’t boring, it can actually help your nervous system regulate and decrease anxiety.  You can even start some soothing, rituals such as taking some time to brew tea, having a bite of your favorite chocolate after lunch, making that perfect cup of coffee, doing a face mask, lighting your favorite candle. Whatever it is that brings you peace and joy, make sure to include it in your day and practice mindfulness while you do it. Oh, and make sure you are getting plenty of sleep – if this means going to bed earlier, do that!

Eat your fuel

Don’t get me wrong, I love some indulgent food choices every now and then especially during COVID times! But, when you load up on inflammatory foods like sugar, potato chips, and pizza, you’re going to feel it. And the feeling isn’t great.  I’ve personally noticed food that weighs me down isn’t something I can sustainably eat every single day. Make sure that you are feeding your body the right food to keep it strong, healthy, and feeling good. This is one of the kindest and easiest things you can do for your whole body – your skin, your digestion, your liver, your kidneys will be grateful to you! Make sure you’re getting enough water too…dehydration can make anyone feel super sluggish. If you’re curious about adopting an “anti-inflammatory” diet, check out the new Yoga Prehab® Seasonal Meal Plans. Every meal plan is packed with easy to prepare, super-nutritious recipes you can start incorporating into your diet immediately!

Create some quiet time

Put your phone on do not disturb or airplane mode, turn off notifications, take a break from social media. Step away from the news, maybe put on your favorite calming music. Never-ending Zoom calls, noise, and notifications can leave us feeling exhausted. Quiet time can be both calming and rejuvenating.

Grateful for movement

Even if it’s just in and around your home…keep moving! Our bodies rely on movement for optimal lymphatic system and digestive system function. Our muscles that help us maintain our balance and mobility need to be strengthened through continuous movement. And movement of course helps with our moods, releasing endorphins and decreasing stress. For all ways that you can move, be very grateful! If you’ve been looking for movement programs that are safe on the joint, won’t hurt you, and are easy-to-follow, check out Yoga Prehab® – physical therapy-based yoga and fitness you can do right from the comfort of you home and at your own pace!

Stay Balanced: Holiday Edition 2020

Here we are. December! In my last blog post, I focused on what steps you can take to help your body stay healthy during the holidays. There are so many things that drain our energy this time of year, and it’s important that you know how to balance it all and stay well. 

But, there are honestly so many reasons your body can feel out of whack this season. 

Maybe it’s the excess of food, maybe it’s the travel, maybe it’s the weather, maybe it’s all the running around, maybe work is wild, or maybe the holidays are just a tough time for whatever reason that may be. Whatever the cause, I want you to know that you are not alone in feeling worn out by this month. I feel pretty confident that for one reason or another, the holidays are hard on everyone. 

Even so, there is a lot to be grateful for and a lot to celebrate! Celebrating your victories, getting excited about the new year ahead and spending time with those you love.  Looking back on how far you’ve come is so important, and taking the time to focus on those positives can hopefully help take some of the stress away and bring you joy. 

If staying in good health seems like it might be a challenge while you’re traveling, visiting, and celebrating – that’s okay! I have some solid advice for staying balanced this holiday season. 

Get Moving

Getting some type of motion in each day and exercising is so important. Exercise can ward off feelings of anxiety, help you feel calmer, and is, of course, great for our overall health and wellbeing. Gentle movements and yoga will be super useful if you are feeling stiff from flights or time in the car, and even just going for a quick walk or run can help you clear your head and work up a sweat. 

You don’t have to jeopardize the things you like about the holidays in order to achieve a good balance and fit in some daily exercise. Invite family and friends to exercise with you or invite them to stretch or do some gentle yoga.  

Simple as A, B, C

Make sure you are getting your vitamins! Either taking them as supplements or eating foods in which key vitamins and nutrients naturally occur will help keep you feeling good. Some of my personal favorites this time of year are: 

  • Vitamin A: found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and lots of types of winter squash, its probably easy to find something full of vitamin A on any holiday dinner table. Vitamin A is vital to your immune system and pairs well with vitamin C in helping you ward off common ailments. 
  • Vitamin B: B-complex vitamins have so many benefits, including increased energy, better immune function, and stronger mental clarity. If you’re eating almonds, avocados, and leafy greens, you’re getting your B vitamins in!
  • Vitamin C: found in citrus, lemons, peppers, and brussel sprouts, vitamin C will boost your immunity and help you fight any infections or viruses you might be exposed to. 

Even with all the craziness, fueling your body with good nutrients and keeping active will help you find and maintain balance this holiday season. I promise that taking just a little extra time to eat something healthy and move your body will have a huge payoff in helping you feel good the whole season long!

I’d love to invite you to join me on Instagram for even more holiday wellness tips, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter to win the incredible Holiday Giveaway, which includes a delicious selection of tea from Tea Sparrow and a FREE course from me!!

Also, check out how you can maximize mobility in your shoulders with just a few minutes each day. You’ll see immediate improvement. Perfect for loosening up after periods of extended holiday travel! 

Stay well!