What’s happening around the world with Covid-19 is unsettling for us all … and it’s worth remembering we’re all in this together. Many of us will be house bound or taking refuge at home – doing our level best to stay safe, stay well, stay sane and look after loved ones.
I know how tricky it can be to stick to your schedule during such unprecedented times but I am trying my level best to keep my food regimen simple, my exercise one as good as it can be, my nourishment a key and vital piece of the well-being jigsaw, sleep (and a good quality type at that) paramount, and also my mood upbeat – I urge you to try and do the same.
‘Leaning In’ as it has been called by some but keeping a social distance can mean that you get bored, anxious, annoyed, stir-crazy, and all other emotions when ‘cabin fever’ is employed to beat the bug. But if you shift the focus just a little and employ some helpful activities then time does pass more quickly, you do still feel productive and useful and moreover YOU STAY SAFE & SANE!
I have had to massively alter my schedule this last week (based on UK Govt advice) since I have vulnerable members of the family with age and health restrictions (who have been recommended to stay put and who I am ‘sheltering’) – so my days now involve working from home; have no unnecessary (if any) travel, no face to face real contact with most, and has taken on an unfamiliar routine that jars. There’s no clear end to it in sight either.
That said, I am determined to stay positive and focus more on the things I am grateful for rather than mourn the ones I have lost. I have been actively looking and finding ways to keep the fun going, the focus real and on-point (according to WLS basics) and investing more attention into things in my home that I always say I will do if I have more time! I have run out of track with excuses now for some of them!
Outlined below are some of the suggestions I have that I would like to pass on to you for consideration – some you might already have thought of and some might be useful if you find you are struggling with more ‘down’ time. These, along with a fresh batch of inspiration in the way of food ideas, meals and recipes which I will deliver with the same up-tempo beat might help to make this transition a little easier. If you have any others to suggest then do comment at the end of the feature – every little bit helps …
What To Do To Stay Healthy & Sane While Staying At Home
* Gather your favourite and go-to recipes together so that you can find them quickly.
* Write a meal plan for a week or month , or to refer to, should you need to self-isolate and use your in-home stores.
* Organise your pantry, larder, refrigerator and freezer so you know what you have and can ditch those out of date items. Likewise it will indicate those items you’re running low on and those you don’t need more of.
* Consider packing up a portion of your main meal for another needy or vulnerable person who lives nearby. Check on-line for those who would like this help and about collection and delivery guidelines.
* It’s the time to not only stay on track with the tried and trusted but also to experiment a little if supplies are limited or void. If your favourite cabbage is out of stock try another leafy green vegetable instead to ring the changes. For example if cabbage can’t be found then consider and try kale, Brussels tops, chard or spinach instead.
* The gym and pool might be out but a circuit or more of the garden will help instead of sofa surfing all day.
* Check out on-line videos for at-home exercise – there’s a good one here for bariatrics.
* Clean and sort out some of those wardrobes and junk drawers – especially where out-of-size things lurk. Clothes bank some; give others to charity; organise alterations of those worth saving; and ebay or sell those of special value.
* Check out your book and magazine pile – re-read some; give some away or lend out; and book bank others.
* Start a new home project – plan a new decoration plan for a room that needs a facelift; plan a garden update (maybe a kitchen or cutting garden one); or make plans for a party for when this is all over!
* Sort out your old photos into albums or go through your saved on-line ones to create photo books.
* Sort through your music collection and make yourself an upbeat play-list or curate one for a friend of their favourites.
* Go through your list of chores and home maintenance to-do’s (often the ones you never get around to doing) and get started on them. Things like clearing the loft/attic; spring cleaning; garden clearing etc.
* Face Time or Skype family or friends or those you know are vulnerable.
* Join or start an on-line book club or write some reviews of books you’ve liked for others to consider reading.
* Check out your support group on-line page and utilise group texts and information.
* Likewise check out social media like Instagram for virtual contact but keep it in healthy manageable time slots and quantities.
* Try video recording messaging – check out an on-line ‘class’ and be good to go if you fancy trying this.
* Join a community help group of volunteers for those in your neighbourhood who might need help with supplies, errands or just a friendly ear.
* Dig out those board and card games and maybe set up an in-house tournament for family members.
* Start a big and complicated jig-saw and leave out for others to help with or for you to complete in stages.
* Check out crossword or Sudoku or other puzzles (you can find on line and print out).
* Seek out adult colouring books for relaxation and some artistry.
* Set up the easel or clear the kitchen table and look at painting or drawing again – while no one is watching!
* Look at sewing projects or maybe take up knitting or crotchet again.
* Explore hobby groups and local non-profit organisations that you may wish to join – see what they usually do.
Education & Learning Possibilities
* Consider an on-line course of learning – maybe a language for when we can all travel again.
* Re-read all your bariatric team’s advice again – always something worth doing especially if you’re veering off course or running the risk of going off-track.