Tips to stay healthy while stuck at home

Tips to staying healthy while you are stuck at home

  1. Take care of your mental health. During stressful times it is super important to take care of yourself mentally.  Take deep breathes.  Go outside if you can.  Help other people.  Watch a funny movie or TV show.  Do something you enjoy.
  2. Fuel your body with the nutrients it needs. You might be tempted to eat whatever unhealthy foods you have in your kitchen when you’re at home more, but resist the temptation.  Drink plenty of water.  Eat fruits and vegetables.  Include whole grains into you meal plan.  Plan your meal and snack times, this can help you avoid mindless eating.
  3. Get adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep is crucial for keeping yourself healthy. Try to stick to your usual sleep schedule or even improve unhealthy sleep habits.  Getting adequate sleep can improve your attitude and productivity during the day.
  4. Change out of the PJs. You might be tempted to forgo the shower and lounge around in your pajamas all day, but this isn’t a good recipe for productivity. Put on something other than pajamas to get out of the lazy mindset. Workout clothes are a great option.
  5. Move your body. Go for a walk.  Do chair aerobics.  Walk in place during commercial/work breaks.  Try to be physically active every day.  “Like” the Minges Wellness Center Facebook page for videos to keep you active.
  6. Try something new or different. Cook a new recipe.  Take up knitting or a new hobby you have been wanting to try.  Clean out the junk drawer or closet.  Doing something new can make you feel good about yourself.

The most important thing you can do during this time is to take care of your mental and physical health.  Focus on the things you can control.  Wash your hands and practice social distancing.  Stay Safe.

My Plate My Wins
Build-a-snack

Build your own

Make your own trail mix with unsalted nuts and add-ins such as as seeds, dried fruit, popcorn, or a sprinkle of chocolate chips.

prep-ahead

Prep ahead

Portion snack foods into baggies or containers when you get home from the store, so they’re ready to grab-n-go when you need them.

make-it-a-combo

Make it a combo

Combine food groups for a satisfying snack – yogurt and berries, applies with peanut butter, whole-grain crackers with turkey and avocado.

eat-vibrant-veggies

Prep ahead

Portion snack foods into baggies or containers when you get home from the store, so they’re ready to grab-n-go when you need them.

snack-on-the-go

Snack on the go

Bring ready-to-eat snacks when you’re out. A banana, yogurt (in a cooler), or baby carrots are easy to bring along and healthy options.

More-info

For more information

This information is based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Go to ChooseMyPlate.gov for more information

Holly White, RDN, LDN, CDE
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