26 May The Long Lasting Effects of COVID-19
In a time when we should want to boost the immune system, focus on our health, and do the best we can for ourselves and others, many people have found themselves in a compromised place of increased stress, sugar cravings, overconsumption, and complete lack of exercise.
Jokes were being made about gaining the “COVID15”, people made “essential food runs” for sugary sweets and are drowning unwanted stress with tubs of mac-n-cheese. It’s understandable, stress causes us to crave sugar and comfort foods that ignite the “feel good” sensation in the brain. While it all seems okay in the moment, the effects of these choices are long-lasting and I’m afraid many will walk away from this experience feeling regretful and uncomfortable as they chart the path to undo what has already been done.
We have a choice in every matter. And every choice we make matters!
The effects of COVID19 spread far and wide; there’s been immense hardship, incredible uncertainty and unimaginable loss. While some of this has been out of our control, there’s much that we can control.
Our health, our happiness, our resilience . . . we have a say in all of it and our choices matter.
Regardless of how you may have navigated the past weeks and months in quarantine, I encourage you to stand up, start anew and make one high-quality choice for yourself. That’s all it takes my friend, one high-quality choice will shift your perspective and boost momentum forward.
Simple choices you can make today to enhance your health and happiness include:
- Drink 80 oz of water.
- Enjoy a cup of hot green tea.
- Increase your vegetables and leafy greens by one cup every week.
- Swap out a square of dark chocolate for your usual go-to treat.
- Consume healthy fat at each meal.
- Eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C; red bell peppers, broccoli, kiwi, kale, Brussels sprouts, papaya, citrus fruit.
- Get 8 hours of sleep.
- Move every hour for 5-10 minutes of activity.
- Laugh at least 3 times a day.
- Express gratitude every day for things both big and small.
There’s no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to lifelong health, and trying to overhaul everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Start with one simple high-quality choice and follow it with another. Before you know it, you’ll be feeling better, you’ll experience increased energy and positivity and have more to give to those around you.
We have a choice in every matter. Please don’t get lost for too long, one simple shift can provide just the momentum you need to excel and make nourishing choices in every area of life.
You’ve got this! Start with one high-quality choice and move forward from there. My guess is you’ll end up coming out of this pandemic better than when you walked in. We’re here to support you every step of the way; reach out if you need anything!