2020 has been a difficult year for many of us, which has led to canceled plans, changes to our day to day routine as well as having an emotional impact. This uncertain period looks set to continue for a while, and it’s more important than ever during the later part of the year that you maintain self-care and look ahead to the future.
It’s easy to feel stuck in a rut while staying at home, but it’s important you stay fit and healthy during this time – despite darker, colder nights and morning making you want to do the opposite!
Stay on top of your self-care with these unhealthy habits to avoid while staying at home.
Developing a Bad Sleeping Pattern
When you’re at home day-in, day-out, your routine can go out of the window. Without your daily commute and other changes, it’s easy for your sleeping habits to become affected. While you could be tempted to sleep in or stay up too late, you could seriously affect the quality of your sleep, leaving you feeling tired and irritable. If you’re feeling tired all of the time, then there are steps you can take to help improve your energy levels.
Drinking Too Much
Lockdown has been a lonely and frustrating time for many people, even when they live with other people. So it’s no surprise that drinking, smoking and other habits can feel as though they cushion the blow. Drinking too much can soon feel like a way to cope, and could be the first sign of alcohol dependency. If you are concerned about your drinking, you can look into getting outpatient treatment to help you with your issues. Be sure to reach out if you’re feeling lonely and vulnerable instead of struggling by yourself.
When the darker nights and cold days set in, the thought of exercising can be the furthest thing on your mind! But the truth is, some daily exercise will lift your mood and it gives you an excuse to leave the house. Check out some of the best at-home workouts to give you some fitness inspiration for staying active during the winter months.
Turning to Junk Food
Being at home can also have an impact on your eating habits. Many of us crave comfort foods when we’re feeling down, and an extended period of being at home is certainly enough to leave you feeling down! Focusing on eating a healthy diet can help keep you well and keep your energy up, and it will help you keep the weight off. Look at some healthy versions of comfort foods that you can enjoy on those cold evenings while still benefiting from some goodness too.
While it’s easy to fall into bad habits right now, you owe it to yourself to take care of your health. Basic self-care, including a healthy diet and exercise, can help you stay fit throughout the winter and help you keep on top of your health.