When we’re all stuck at home, it may be easy to get into a rut of bad habits. A seemingly irreparable sleeping schedule, a lack of productivity, and a little bit of over-eating are all things to watch out for. Just know you’re not alone, even if you live alone. Sometimes it just takes a bit of inspiration to get back into a routine and break out of a rut.
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Take this time to explore new hobbies to fuel your mind and your body, and reconnect with what makes you passionate. You’re in good company – your own! So why not use this time to focus on your wellness? If you need a few tips to keep yourself busy, healthy, and motivated, read on!
1. Home Exercise Routines
Exercise is good for your body and mind. Working out just 30 minutes a day is all you need for better heart health and wellness. Working out means more than just lifting weights, and can easily be done at home. Exercise is whatever you are comfortable with and gets you up and moving, whether that means:
- or Gardening.
Even doing your household chores count. If you choose something you like, then you’re more likely to do it again. For more in-depth information about types of exercises, sample workouts, and measuring your heart rate, check out this article.
2. Healthy Quarantine Snacks
Immunity-Boosting Muffin Recipe
Blueberry muffins are a great post-workout snack. They are packed with nutrients and antioxidants that can help repair damage to cells. Blueberries are also an immunity-boosting superfood, which is great to add to your diet during a quarantine when maintaining wellness. For an amazing sugar-free option using stevia, check out our Immunity-Boosting Muffin Recipe.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar
Maybe you’re more in the mood to relax, and with relaxing comes snacking. It can be hard to stay away from the temptation of sugary treats while focusing on your wellness. If you’re trying to maintain a healthier diet but still want to indulge, try baking healthier alternatives. It’s easy to make alternatives that are lower in refined sugar, like a Vegan Chocolate Brownie Energy Bar. This chocolate brownie is not only delicious and all-natural but completely vegan and made with simple ingredients.
Moringa, Pumpkin, and Apple Vegan Pancakes
Running out of breakfast ideas? Are your breakfast classics getting just a little too… boring? Spice up your favorite pancakes with a healthier (and tastier) alternative to a guilt-free morning treat. Try our Moringa, Pumpkin, and Apple Vegan Pancakes for a sweet breakfast you can feel confident serving to your family!
3. Meditation for Beginners
At first, it might seem strange to sit in silence with your thoughts and do absolutely nothing. However, people have been meditating for thousands of years to improve their wellness. Meditation can help you focus, deal with stress, and help you become less reactive. We experience our entire lives through our minds. Meditating can help you have more control over your thoughts and actions, and even change your perspective on life.
Meditation can help reduce stress and its effects, which is key to reducing symptoms in people who have stress-triggered conditions. Meditation can also help lower anxiety levels, promote emotional health, enhance self-awareness, and improve sleep, among other benefits. If you’re interested in adding meditation into your routine, there are even apps that can help guide you.
4. Try Something New in Your Garden!
Want to try something new in your garden? Getting outside and getting fresh air and sunlight is a great way to improve your mental health. Not to mention you will give your body a break from the couch while you get up and get moving. Growing your own herbs and vegetables is a rewarding way to try something new. There are a variety of herbs and vegetables that you can grow in your own garden at home. They range in difficulty to take care of, so there’s an option for everyone.
If you’re growing your own veggies, you benefit from knowing exactly where they came from and how they were grown. This makes it easier for you to focus on your wellness with a healthy diet. Gardening can also open up the doors for you to make your own compost, fertilizer, and even a greenhouse. By the end of this quarantine, your thumb will be as green as your garden.
What Herbs and Vegetables are Easy to Grow?
Here are some great options for beginner gardeners:
- Bell Peppers
- Green Beans
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5. DIY Bath Bombs
Just like meditation, finding time to relax is a great way to look after yourself and destress your mind. Want to take your bubble bath to the next level? Pamper yourself with homemade bath bombs, made with essential oils that will have you relaxing in no time. Our Relaxation Tea can also help bring your wellness spa night to the next level.
What You Need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- ½ cup cornstarch
- Colouring pigment – optional
- 2 ½ tablespoons of almond oil – or melted coconut oil
- ¾ tablespoons of water
- 12-15 drops of essential oil
- Bath bomb molds (or alternative)
- Mix all dry ingredients with coloring pigment.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients slowly to avoid fizzing.
- Fill each half of the mold, press together firmly, and let sit for one minute.
- Let the bath bombs dry for 24 hours before using them.
Note: If you don’t have bath bomb molds, don’t worry! You can also get creative with household items like cookie cutters, ice cube trays, and muffin tins. Even small measuring cups (⅓-¼ cup sizes) work great.
For more detailed instructions, check out this recipe!.
Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Take this time to find something that you are passionate about, like a new hobby or recipe. Try to step outside of your comfort zone to find something that you wouldn’t normally turn to. During social isolation, it’s important to keep both your mind and body healthy and happy.
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