During this time of uncertainty, we’re all sort of settling into our day-to-day at-home routines. Whether you’re working full time, juggling working and teaching your kids simultaneously, or figuring out ways to stay busy when work has been put on pause, navigating this new norm takes patience and courage. We’re here to support your transition into a new daily routine – that’s why we’re sharing a few simple suggestions to help you stay wildly healthy (and sane!) at home.
Stick to a routine (as much as possible)
Following a routine, especially in a time when normal schedules can go out the window, helps to bring some normalcy to your day-to-day when nearly nothing feels normal. To honor this, we recommend:
- Sticking to regular bed and wake up times. This will help ensure you’re getting enough sleep and will transition you back to your regular routine with ease when the time finally comes.
- Getting out of your PJs. It may sound silly, but when we’re stuck in the house 24/7, it’s easier to opt for staying in the clothes you slept in than taking the time to shower and put on a fresh outfit. Trust us, new clothes make you feel like a new person.
- Starting the day with a healthy breakfast. Might we suggest a healthy scoop of frozen Wild Blueberries in a smoothie, on oatmeal, or with cereal? If you’re looking for something you can easily prep in advance and pull out of the fridge in the morning, check out this family-friendly Tie-Dye Overnight Oats recipe.
- Treating your workday like an actual workday. Working from home often leads to checking emails and working on projects at all hours. Instead, treat your day like you would if you were going to the office – this means bathroom breaks, eating regular meals, and eventually calling it quits for the day are all necessary.
Prioritize mental health
A drastic change in schedule and lifestyle may trigger anxiety or even depression. We recommend doing a few small things each day to care for your mental wellbeing:
- Maintain connections with your loved ones. Whether you’re quarantining alone, with family members, or with roommates, taking a few minutes out of each day to call a friend, FaceTime your parents, hug your child, or simply send a text to say you’re thinking about someone, can be immensely valuable for your relationships. In a time when we’re all slowing down, it’s nice to remind people how much you care. Chances are, you’ll make someone’s day.
- Be kind to yourself. You are human and it’s ok to not do it all during these stressful times. Between school lessons for kids or juggling endless conference calls, give yourself space to breathe, while reminding yourself that you’re doing the best you can.
- Eat a brain healthy diet. There are many studies that link a healthy diet of colorful fruits and vegetables with better mood and increased cognitive function. In a time when we’re all mindful of wallet-friendly food options and are prioritizing grocery store items that don’t spoil quickly, consider looking in the freezer aisle for frozen Wild Blueberries. These tiny, potent berries harvested by local farmers in Maine are scientifically proven to have positive effects on memory for kids and adults, slow age-related cognitive decline, and enhance brain activity during a memory task. Opt to prioritize the health of your noggin by choosing Wild.
Move your body (preferably outside!)
The last thing we recommend is finding an at-home activity that allows you to move your body. This could be anything from yoga to walking, but one thing is for sure: we can all benefit from some extra endorphins right now. If your living space and neighborhood allow for it, walk or go for a socially distant-friendly jog, do some yoga on your porch in the sunshine, or simply find a 10-minute bodyweight workout tutorial on YouTube. And, did you know that eating Wild Blueberries helps you get more out of exercise? Wild Blueberries support enhanced fat burning and viral protection when combined with exercise – just some food for thought.
No matter what your situation is right now, we’re all in this being social distant, together. While this virus won’t last forever, it’s important to make the most of your time at home so that you can come out of this period strong and healthy. Remember that we’re in your corner – wishing you and yours healthy, happy, and Wild days ahead.