Build a Routine to Improve Your Health
You’re on a conference call, and before you realize it, you’ve opened the pantry or the fridge, looking for something to eat. Or you’re caught up in a project and look up, only to realize you forgot to eat lunch.
Whether you’re working at home or have continued to stay home to protect yourself or loved ones from the spread of COVID-19, keeping your nutrition in check can be challenging. If your day-to-day habits are affecting your waistline, it may be time to revamp your routine.
“Building some structure into your day can go a long way, when it comes to maintaining your health, your productivity, your physical activity and even your nutrition,” said Mary Frances Donnelly, Registered Dietitian at Wayne UNC Health Care. “A routine helps you stay on track.”
Donnelly discusses strategies and hacks for eating healthy and moving at home.
- Keep Your Morning Routine – Whether you’re leaving your house or staying home, maintaining your morning routine – including the same times for sleeping, waking and meal times – is beneficial for your body and mind. “These are stressful times, and it’s important to maintain a feeling of optimism and normalcy,” said Donnelly.
- Designate a Spot for Your Work – If you’re working from home, set up your desk in a consistent area each day and set work hours for yourself. Setting parameters around your work helps you stay focused on work during work hours and creates that transition from work to home, said Donnelly. Don’t forget to take your lunch break and eat meals consistently.
- Write a schedule – If you’re out of work, writing and following a schedule can help you feel more productive, enhancing your sense of wellbeing. Set a goal or mission statement for yourself, says Donnelly. “Think of things you want to accomplish during this time when many places are still closed,” she said. “Maybe there’s a new skill you wanted to learn.”
- Keep or Establish Healthy Habits – If you were living a healthy lifestyle before the pandemic, don’t stop it now. It’s important to keep your body healthy, and your immune system strong, says Donnelly. “We know a healthy immune system is important to help protect our bodies from harmful invaders, like a virus,” said Donnelly. “We also know that people with other comorbidities are at a higher risk for mortality with COVID-19.” Focus on healthy habits like eating nutritiously, exercising regularly and spending time outdoors each day.
For more tips and support on building a routine and improving your health, visit us online or make an appointment with your primary care physician today.