2020 has been a tough year for everyone
If you’re reading this and you have been suffering, our thoughts are with you. We’ve struggled, too. If you’ve lost loved ones, family, or friends this year, our hearts go out to you. There have been so many ups and downs, and our routines that we have relied upon have been upended. Our health and wellness have been compromised leaving many of us wondering when things will feel normal again, physically, mentally, socially, emotionally, culturally, etc.
We aren’t just feeling this way
A recent study published in the journal Obesity confirms that not only has the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted our health because of the virus, the lifestyle disruptions have impacted many of the healthy habits we strived so hard to implement. Many people have reported “pandemic weight gain”, along with declines in mental health and wellness.
All is not lost! While there are so many things outside of our control during this pandemic, it can be empowering to focus on the things that we can control. This helps us feel like we have options, and that helps us stay motivated. We’ve got some lifelines to help you feel like you are regaining control of your health and wellness.
Here are 5 easy steps to regain control of your health and wellness, while stay safe from the virus:
- At-home workouts. There are a plethora of free home workouts on YouTube, Instagram, and elsewhere online. Heck, you can even go up and down your stairs over and over again while jamming out to your favorite playlist. Even walking in place, doing squats, push-ups, or crunches while watching TV can be hugely beneficial. Struggling to add regular exercise back into your routine? Read what we had to say about adding exercise into your busy schedules.
- Home-cooked meals. Many people have reported that they have picked up cooking as a hobby during their time stuck at home. This is a great opportunity to test out new healthy recipes, and unlike eating at a restaurant, you will have control over how much salt, butter, sugar, and/or oil makes it into your meals.
- Meditation. This is one of our favorites. Although this is not always the case, much of our stress and anxiety is an emotional reaction, and taking 30 minutes each day for some quiet meditation can drastically reduce those negative thoughts. Pick a favorite playlist, sit or lay down with your eyes open or closed. Allow yourself to work through your feelings in a calm setting.
- Talking to a healthcare professional. Many mental health professionals, including therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists are conducting their sessions online or through video call. If you don’t know where to look, try Betterhelp or Lemonaid. We’ve heard great things about both!
- Focus on education. This year has been a lot of learning for all of us. How many of us were even paying attention to virus mutation or aerosol droplets in 2019? How many of us were binge-watching movies like “Outbreak” or “Contagion” before we worried those stories were our new reality? We are so fortunate to have so much information at our fingertips, and being forced to slow down and stay home presents us with the unique opportunity to read, research, and learn – about anything!
2020 is almost over and we could not be more excited
We are excited that people have begun receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and it truly feels like this might be the beginning of the end for this pandemic. We are eager to help you get back on your feet physically and mentally, and regain some control in this crazy world. As always, we offer a free consultation for our weight loss, stem cell, and aesthetic services. Let us know how we can help you! Our clinic is located in South Jordan, Utah, but we serve many communities in Riverton, Herriman, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, West Jordan, Taylorsville, and all over Salt Lake and Utah Counties. We’d love to hear from you!