Health Hacks: Create a Healthy Routine in the Midst of a Pandemic

It’s been six months since the lockdown started. By now the initial confusion, frustration, and anxiety would have passed already, and you may somehow have found your groove in this new kind of normal.

Here’s what it can typically look like. You trudge out of bed at 8:30 in the morning – thirty minutes before you need to log on for work – and groggily assemble a breakfast of coffee and toast. You dump the dirty dishes in the sink and grab a bag of chips off of the counter on your way back to your room. You debate if you can still take a shower but then decide against it because you don’t have the time. Maybe after work you’ll get around to it – if you’re not too tired.

If this scenario sounds glaringly familiar to you, stop for a moment and give yourself a mental shake. Is this really the new normal you want? Stop treating the pandemic like an overdue hiatus you have to get through before you can resume your life. This IS your life now, so start living it the way you actually want to. And the best thing you can do to get back on track is to incorporate healthy habits into your everyday routine. Here’s how.

Go for a healthy diet.

While you don’t need to move mountains for this, you do need to be intentional about it if you want to pull it off. And even though it’s so convenient to get frozen food in your weekly trip to the nearby grocery store, resist the urge to do so and instead choose fresh items you can cook. You don’t need to be a Michelin star chef, either. Look up meals that are easy and fast to prepare. You can also treat yourself, say, once a week by having food delivery. There are a lot of organic or vegetarian options, for example.

Connect with nature.

That may not sound very doable under the present circumstances, but actually it is. You just need to work around it and be creative. If you have a front yard or balcony, now’s the perfect time to utilize it. Have flowers and potted plants, and maybe throw in a few comfortable chairs when the weather’s good. You’ll be surprised at how much your well-being improves by just being outdoors. If you don’t have a yard or balcony, you can still easily open the windows to let in some fresh air. Have a relaxing room perfume (lavender, anyone?), your favorite tea, and instrumental music while you’re at it.     

Sweat it out.

By now you’ve probably tried a few workout sessions in an attempt to inject a dose of exercise into your quarantine – and given up halfway through the ongoing lockdown. It’s time to pick up the pieces. Start by choosing an exercise that you actually like, not just something that’s popular or trending. And do gradually ease yourself into a workout routine. You can’t fix your life overnight, and the same is true for exercise. It’s not possible to transform from a couch potato into a health buff simply by doing a YouTube exercise video once.   

Do you want to take on the world? Then start by leading yourself, and that includes how you cultivate habits that improve your well-being, both physically and mentally. What are YOUR health hacks during the pandemic? Share them with us in the comments. 

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