Maintain A Balanced Diet. Stress affects both your eating habits and your metabolism. The best way to combat stress or emotional eating is to be mindful of what triggers stress eating and to be ready to fight the urge. If you are someone who is prone to emotional eating, know your triggers, know what stresses you out and be prepared. Care for your body, arming yourself nutritionally to better deal with your stress and boosting your immune system at the same time. Helping to regulate your blood sugar throughout the day is going to keep your body stable and your emotions on a much better playing field.
Stay Connected. Fear and isolation can lead to depression and anxiety. We need to make a point to connect with others regularly in ways that are safe. Reach out to family members, friends and colleagues regularly via phone, text, FaceTime or other virtual platforms. Make sure that you are checking on those that are alone, especially the elderly. Check in regularly with your parents, grandparents and your children.
Exercise Often. Gyms are closed and social distancing guidelines are in place, however it’s still possible to get in exercise, like walking, running, hiking or playing with your kids/pets, all can help release endorphins (natural substances that help you feel better and maintain a positive attitude). And there are other exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home.