I know how draining it is having to constantly hear about the impact the current pandemic is having on society, businesses, the economy and everyone who’s currently out of work, so today I thought instead of beating the dead horse, that I would provide you something of real value that I believe a lot of people will benefit from right now.
What we’re facing has been daunting, no doubt about it, but I’ve turned my attention to focus exclusively on the moments of triumph in everyday acts of courage, humanity and love that are happening all around us every single day. Although these are trying times for us all, I’m eternally optimistic that our world will return to a sense of normalcy and thrive once again very, very soon.
In the meantime, we must stay positive. We need to be aware of the fact that a lot of us have been thrown completely out of our existing routines, leading to increased levels of stress and boredom. It’s important we take action to mitigate these factors and not allow them to completely throw us off the path of being the healthiest, fittest, best version of ourselves possible!
Stress eating, aka “Eating Your Feelings,” is probably the worst “stress-relieving tool” available. With so much uncertainty in the world at the moment, it’s also something that’s probably happening more than ever!
Researchers have conclusively linked weight gain to stress – And according to the American Psychological Association, 27% of adults say they eat to manage stress – and 34% of those who report overeating, or eating unhealthy foods because of stress, say this behavior is a habit. Personally, I think those numbers are actually higher sadly. Just look around society, especially in the U.S, where 3/4 of the adult population are clinically categorized as “overweight” or “obese”.
Clearly, stress eating leads to unwanted weight gain, poor confidence, compromised immunity and health issues, which will, in turn, create more stress, therefore exacerbating the initial issue.
Another culprit as it relates to “overeating” is boredom. The all too common scenario of getting bored while binge-watching Netflix, walking into the kitchen, AGAIN, only to realize you’re not even hungry, yet you still relentlessly continue on your pursuit of locating something to snack on.
Eating out of boredom can not only be a habit but a very dangerous one that contributes to poor health and obesity.
A lot of people are under a significant deal of pressure at the moment, facing uncertainty and also have a significant amount of extra time on their hands, as we are currently living under a “safer at home order”, as we near the eye of the storm with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We must be mindful that using food as a coping mechanism during this transitional period or any other time will only make matters worse!
If you have pressure with finances due to being out of work, forced to take on additional responsibilities with your families and overall just adjusting to the significant amount of energy it takes having to change so many things with your normal routine, just imagine how much sh*ttier you’ll feel if you add “several” pounds of unwanted body fat to your frame on top of it all?!
Things will get better and go back to normal eventually.
And the way it’s looking, it will be relatively close to the beginning of summer when the storm passes. There’s never a good time to not be happy with your physical appearance, but I think we can agree that summer is the absolute worst time there is for us not to be comfortable and confident in our own skin!
Pandemic or no pandemic, our goals are still our goals and taking care of our health is our responsibility!
Our health was a GIFT that we were given, but as we’re being reminded of every day during these uncertain times, it’s up to us to prioritize and take good care of it, so it’s then able to take good care of us.
Regardless of how crazy things get or what obstacles stand in our path, we must keep moving forward at all costs!
To help you stay on track while under “safer at home” restrictions, here are 3 simple tips to follow…
1.Set Alarms on Your Phone to Schedule Meals. Eat Every 3-4 Hours and Cut Out Snacking.
Having structure is a valuable tool as it relates to pursuing any goal. Setting alarms also somewhat “automates” the process as it relates to meal timing. And meal timing absolutely matters! The body’s metabolism will be elevated and will burn significantly more calories when it’s fueled in a systematic, consistent manner where it begins to understand/anticipate when it will receive nutrition. At that point, it will also not fight to store fat as energy. Eating this way also prevents snacking and overeating later in the day.
2. Drink a Minimum of 1 Gallon of Water Everyday
Water supports strong immunity, weight loss, the digestion process, skin health, improved athletic performance and so much more! Drinking lots of water will also regulate appetite and keep your belly full, so you don’t feel the need to mindlessly snack out of sheer boredom.
3. Schedule Your Workouts at the Same Time every day. (Preferably in the Morning!)
One positive thing this situation has afforded many of us is additional time and energy!
And with this extra time we shouldn’t WASTE it sleeping in and binge-watching show after show on Netflix! We should INVEST it in ourselves so we have a positive outlet to focus on during this time. This also will ensure that when we come out of this thing, we’re able to do so with some much needed positive momentum.
You don’t need a state of the art gym or a bunch of fancy equipment to get an amazing workout in – all you really need is heart and the desire to get better. Schedule a time every day for your workout and then get it done.
No excuses, no negotiating with yourself.
What gets scheduled gets done. Allocate at least 1 hour every day toward physical training of some kind. Get outdoors and change things up while practicing social distancing, of course.
Have your workouts scheduled at the same time each day, preferably in the morning and if this applies to you, get your whole family involved!
This provides additional accountability and will ensure it gets done before the day gets away from you. In addition, exercise in the morning gives you the opportunity to experience the profound mental benefits fitness provides throughout your entire day! Stay strong. I honestly believe we are about to turn the corner with this entire situation.