When you are experiencing a crisis, it can be easy to sacrifice your health, neglecting nutrition, exercise and sleep, as you take the ways with least resistance. But there are small steps you can take at home to stay healthy in stressful times. Reorganise your home environment to make it easy to get enough nutrition, regular exercise and sleep.
Start by decluttering. Plan time to unwind in an uncluttered home. If you can’t relax during this time because of clutter, then start removing it. Decluttering can become overwhelming, emotional and time-consuming, so start making progress by spending 15 minutes a day to make it happen.
Physical decluttering also leads to emotional decluttering as it decreases mind-traffic. Once you’ve decluttered, you will find it easier to relax. If you can’t tackle decluttering alone, consider someone to help you, and keep you accountable.
The critical things needed to stay healthy.
Exercise – Designate an area at home for workout clothes and equipment. Keeping everything together will save you time and help to establish good exercise habits. It will be essential if several people are living in the house, all wanting to exercise at different times. There is nothing to stop you going for a twenty-minute walk in the fresh air each day
Nutrition – Clean out the pantry and take stock of what you have and what you will need for an extended period. It doesn’t mean stockpiling as we have adequate food supplies in Australia but limiting your exposure through the number of trips to town. Maintaining a well-stocked pantry makes meal preparation problems and frustrations disappear. Don’t resort to junk food or more accessible, less nutritious options.
While you’re at it, clean out the fridge and freezer so you can keep food fresh and keep a small reserve. While you are looking at your food situation, give serious consideration to a vegetable garden. Rip up some lawn or get some pots and planters for your balcony.
Sleep – Having a night of adequate sleep is fundamental to good health, but it’s easy to neglect your nightly sleep when you have a crisis on your hands, and resort to cat naps. Make your bedroom feel restful and calm as it signals to your body and mind that it’s time to relax.
Avoid electronic gear, computers, TV and mobile phones in the bedroom and start reading good books instead. Have a notebook beside the bed to jot down ideas you have through the night.
Key Message: Establish healthy living habits as quickly as possible, and your isolation period will pass more quickly.
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”. Dolly Parton
“You can’t truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles”. Zig Ziglar