Recycle Your Pandemic Habits

By reflecting on the changes and challenges of a global crisis like a pandemic, some people’s habits can improve — often when they use the time they usually spend on work travel or commuting on exercising, cooking, reading or other healthy habits.

Other people’s habits can worsen because they are under stress or shaken out of their usual helpful routines.

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Recycle Your Pandemic Habits

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Double Down on Self-Care

During this crisis, we learned that taking care of ourselves — staying safe and well — is also a way to care for our community.

Self care means setting priorities, setting boundaries and finding purpose:

  • Start by mapping out a typical day, from morning until bedtime;
  • What one- or two-hour period in each day do you feel your best? Who gets that time?Try giving that time to yourself instead.

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Here's how you can build on your accountability habit:

  • find an accountability buddy to help you achieve your health goals;
  • create accountability by using an app that sends you daily reminders, like Headspace or Calm for meditation, Noom for tracking what you eat or Fitbit to track your exercise habits.

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Make Activity Part of Your Day

When gyms closed and fitness classes were canceled, many people had to figure out how to exercise at home.

Several studies show that short bursts of exercise result in meaningful changes to your fitness and metabolic health. Start with 20-second exercise breaks three times a day. If you want to do more, take a few one-minute breaks.

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Form a Health Pod

Form a new health-conscious bubble:

  • create a walking pod, and meet a few times a week for group walks.
  • talk to your podmates about their healthy eating goals.
  • share recipes and tips, and when social restrictions end, you can plan healthy-eating potlucks.

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Here's how to better cope with uncertainty:

  • create a collection of legal documents that will make sure everyone is prepared for an emergency.
  • designate someone to make medical decisions for you if you’re unable to make them and offer specific guidance about your wishes if you become critically ill.

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