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Everywhere you look these days, all you see is negativity and fear surrounding the Coronavirus. Millions of people are being pushed into isolation.
Schools are closing all around the world along with businesses, and in some areas even the borders are closed.
Stores are full of empty shelves from panic buying. Simple household needs such as toilet paper and diapers are near impossible to find.
People are now faced with the daunting reality of being stuck in their homes for at least two weeks to help stop the spread of the virus.
As the weather gets nicer in many places, cabin fever is likely to show its ugly head.
I realize that staying at home for long periods of time sucks. But this is not the time to take the kids to the trampoline park, the movies, the mall, or anywhere else. We all need to do our parts to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and so staying at home is our only option.
But never fear. I know all to well how stir crazy one can get and so I reached out to the internet for their favorite ideas on what to do during this quarantine period. They did not disappoint.
Life coach, Andrea Travillian, is urging her clients to focus in self-care areas to boost the immune system:
“First I recommend focusing on self care. The stronger our immune system, the better we can fight off the virus. So make sure you are getting sleep and taking time to relax. Ideas outside of that could be: meditating, journaling, yoga, taking baths. Address those stressful issues that impede your body from operating at its best.”
Journaling is an extremely powerful tool used by many to get their thoughts and feelings out of their head and onto paper. Now is a great time to start journaling if you aren’t already doing so. You don’t need anything fancy, just a notebook and a pen.
Jayne Portnoy, founder of the Pen2Paper Project, has these great tips for getting started:
- Don’t overthink it–It’s just like riding a bike.
- Set aside 7 minutes.
- Take it with you–a journal doesn’t need to be your only sacred place to write. Use cards, post-its…anything you have handy when you want to speak your mind and release thoughts!
Liana Pavane, of TTYL, also suggests to write out your fears to get them off your chest, read them, and rip them up.
Many people wrote in suggesting meditation which I highly recommend. There are TONS of meditation apps available for free on your phones. I personally can only commit to about 5-7 minutes of pure quiet mind time before my brain says, “Okay enough peace, let’s think!” But that short time period is all I need to get grounded and focused for the day.
Fitness is a huge immune booster and now is a great time to start exercising if you aren’t. Get the whole family involved. You don’t need a gym membership or fancy equipment. Body weight exercises are just as powerful as weight-lifting.
Fitness trainer, Nicolle Harwood-Nash, recommends some easy at-home exercises you and the family can do to get the blood flowing.
All you need to perform the Jumping Jack is your body – perfect for home gyms, outdoor workouts, or a quick energy boost next to your desk at work. Due to the high energy nature and full body movement required to perform Jumping Jacks, your muscles are targeted from head to toe, especially the most important muscle of all – your heart!
They are great for toning your body all over and have the added benefit of increasing your cardiovascular fitness at the same time! Jumping Jacks can, therefore, be done on their own, or scattered throughout your workout to keep your overall heart rate high throughout and invite maximum calorie burn.
Beginner’s Push Workout
The way that the elbows stay healthy is by maintaining a balance of mobility and strength on both sides of the joint. This means that both the biceps and triceps should be mobile, pliable, and very strong. The Beginner’s Push Workout the simplest CrossFit and physical training, and it comes with some easy scaling options:
Every Minute on the Minute (EMOM), 10-12 minutes: Push up – 3 reps
The push-ups for this exercise can be scaled to incline push-ups, where the hands are elevated and you’re not lifting quite as much of your body weight. This is an easy way to build strength and progress towards full push-ups, hand-release push-ups and a variety of upper body push movements.
Alternating Leg Lowers
This exercise is a unilateral exercise, meaning you get to work one side at a time. This is great for achieving balanced strength and coordination through both sides of your body. Alternating leg lowers target your lower abdominal region and external obliques, as well as increase your spinal stability.
To do this exercise, lie on your back and start with both legs up, knees bent at 90-degrees. Straighten your right leg and lower it towards the ground, keeping your core engaged. Then bring it back up to starting position and repeat on the left side.
The amount of reps you do would be in accordance with your core strength. Aim to do 16 to 30 alternating reps. If you feel any lower back strain during this exercise, you know you’re overdoing it.
The plank is a well-known exercise, and for good reason. It delivers many benefits if done correctly and regularly. This exercise works your whole mid-section, as well as the rest of your body!
You need to maintain your spine’s neutral line when you are in plank position to protect your lower back. Prop yourself up on your elbows and toes, holding your body in a strong, straight line. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds!
One of my favorite core exercises of all time! I love the deep burn on the sides that this exercise creates. It’s going to get your heart pumping too! Don’t wimp out with weight on your Russian twists — you’re not crunching the weight, you’re twisting the weight and can handle more than you think!
Sit on the ground with your ankles crossed then lift your feet off the floor. Keep your back neutral, and start twisting through the core from left to right and then on the alternate direction. You will feel this exercise through the middle of your trunk, specifically deep in your sides.
This type of intense, cardio friendly exercise that will target various muscles. The explosive push up of the legs encourages high-intensity training and heart rate. The exercise itself is quite simple. As you complete the exercise, make sure to ensure that you keep your spine intact. We suggest that you start slowly and build up the amount of time that you are doing this exercise for.
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart, with your arms by your side and your feet facing forward.
- Raise your left knee to your chest, bringing it as high as you can.
- As you go, bring your arms up to follow the natural running motion.
- Lightly tough back down on the ball of your feet
- Repeat with the other leg.
- Repeat for the required time.
Around the House
Spring Cleaning! It’s that time of year where the weather warms up (at least here in the good, old, US of A) and we open our homes and dust off the cobwebs.
Now is the perfect time to tackle those clutter areas we tend to put off for so long. I personally have been scouring Pinterest on ideas to redecorate and paint my home. I’ve also rearranged several rooms and started decluttering.
Professional organizer, Sarah Benesi says, “I suggest reorganizing the areas of your home that often cause stress (we all have those spots!). Why? Our mental health often feeds off our surroundings — if our space feels calm and orderly, our mind does too. And if our space doesn’t, well… I’m sure most of us have experienced how overwhelming and lousy that can feel.
The benefits of organizing, especially during a national emergency, are twofold: When we’re feeling scared, anxious, and/or depressed, inviting some joy into the home can really work wonders. Organizing also introduces control — we may not be able to control the virus, but we can control our home, and for many, that offers a sense of calm.”
Looking for motivation? Just watch Hoarders (I’m half kidding). Something about that show always makes me want to just get up and declutter.
While beauty expert, Jill Rossini, reminds us ladies it’s a great time to declutter our makeup!