With everything going on in the world right now, I’ve been trying to come up with things I can do to lessen my anxiety. I’m nervous about family members, elderly neighbors, and those with compromised immune systems. Apart from reaching out to neighbors to help, and praying, I comprised a list of daily routines to stay healthy. No, I am not a doctor and don’t think these items will necessarily prevent getting a terrible virus, but they give me peace of mind that I can improve one thing this week instead of getting caught up in the anxiety.
Otherwise, I know many of you are stuck at home for longer periods than you ever expected. This too is a great time to slow down and make your health a priority too.
7 Daily Routines to Stay Healthy This Week
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1.) Drink a huge glass of water first thing in the morning.
I’ve been doing this as part of my morning routine for almost two years now and I can’t recommend it enough. After sleeping several hours, our bodies are naturally dehydrated first thing in the morning. Guzzle down at least 16oz first thing and you’ll feel your body and mind won’t feel as sluggish.
As part of my night routine, I set a bottle of water on my nightstand so I can do it even before I get out of bed. If I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I might even make a cup of hot water with lemon juice to help jumpstart my digestion.
2.) Set your mind on the right things.
One of the first things I do every morning is to make sure to read a few chapters of the Bible. It’s getting more difficult with a toddler but critical to my mental health. The past couple of days I found myself grabbing my phone and checking twitter for the latest on the coronavirus and it only sent me into a spiral of worries.
But starting my day with God tells Him, and myself, that I am putting HIm first and trusting Him with my day.
Mental and spiritual health is more important than our physical health and affects our body too. Some other options would be to start a morning gratitude journal or pray.
3.) Make exercise a priority.
Easier said than done, I know. Personally, I hate exercise. You will never catch me running or heading to the gym. I have discovered a plethora of online workout videos that I truly enjoy though. I’d recommend checking out Blogalites or Boho Beautiful. Both of them have several FREE workout videos on YouTube as well.
I don’t obsess over working out, but I try to do it for 30 minutes at least four times a day.
4.) Actually eat your fruits and vegetables!
According to the CDC, women need at least 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day. Men need at least 2 cups of fruit and 3.5 cups of vegetables.
If you think about it, that’s not that bad! You’ll have to start coming up with creative ways to do it but once it’s a habit it’s not that bad. I make a vegetable with every meal I make – yes even breakfast. I usually make a shake full of vegetables or am omelet every morning. Kale omelets with a little bacon and cheese are my favorite. (Side note – have you tried Trader Joe’s Uncommon cheese? So good!)
Fruit can be a little easier to get down and although it’s not always recommended, that cup of orange can count too.
5.) Take an apple cider vinegar gummy.
Yes, you read that right. It seems like apple cider vinegar has an infinite number of benefits for our health. Here are just a few:
- Improved digestion
- Better skin complexion
- Weight management
- Boosts immunity
- Boosts energy
- And many more…
However, I tried to take the shots of it and couldn’t stomach it. Enter – gummies! I take Goli Gummies because after personal research decided they contained the most potent amount of ACV while also tasting good. At $19 a bottle, they are, obviously, more expensive than traditional ACV, but does it matter how inexpensive something is if we never take it because it tastes gross?
6.) Take a daily probiotic.
I can’t talk about the benefits of probiotics enough! They improve my skin, help with stomach troubles and boost my immunity. They single-handedly have helped my acne and with anxiety. (That gut-brain connection is real.)
There are a lot of good brands out there but the only one I use is Garden of Life raw probiotics with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and prebiotics. If you haven’t tried probiotics yet I highly recommend giving it a month and see how it affects your health.
7.) Sleep like your life depended on it.
The best way to get better sleep is to go to bed at the same time each night and limit TV or phone 30 minutes to an hour beforehand. Yes, it takes some discipline but it works! I also like to read a few chapters in a book after I get into bed.
Now, if you’re a mom you might need to take more drastic measures, amirite? In some ways, I feel like I haven’t slept since my baby was born but that might just be life now. After a few nights of poor sleep, I step up my sleep game. I either take am Epsom salt bath (the magnesium relaxes you!), make this DIY sleep lotion, or pop a melatonin gummy.
I don’t like to rely on those but do use them to ensure I get some sleep every now and then.