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Recycle Your Pandemic Habits

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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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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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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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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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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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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A shift in our health behaviors
  • Researchers found the pandemic and resulting lockdowns caused people worldwide to change their health behaviours, cut back on physical activity and eat more comfort foods. Anxiety levels increased while sleep became disrupted.
  • The researchers also found that most people became more sedentary and gave in to their food cravings, such as sugary snack foods. People classified as obese gained more weight and had the largest declines in physical activity.

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Focus On Keystone Habits

Keystone habits lead to the development of multiple good habits. 

Exercise is a good example of this. Once you start to change your exercise habits, it sets off a chain reaction that changes other habits as well: you start feeling good about your body, you eat healthy foods, you procrastinate less, etc.

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Accountability works best when it comes from the outside

Accountability is an important tool for making and breaking habits.

You’re more likely to exercise if you’ve made a plan to walk with a friend or scheduled a workout with a personal trainer.

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