When it comes to sleep, you need to give it all you’ve got, as in, use every healthy trick in the book to make sure you do it well. The body does much of its cellular maintenance and repair work during sleep, so falling short doesn’t just leave you groggy in the morning – it can torpedo the body’s defenses and make getting sick far too easy, hardly the prescription for the COVID-19 era.
As rumors of possible shelter-in-place orders started to heat up a few weeks ago, the rush to the supermarket began and with it, a whole lot of panic-buying. Even those who’d steered clear of pasta or rice for decades found themselves standing on long lines, shopping carts filled to bursting with extra-long-shelf-life processed foods, sweets and carbs, carbs, carbs.
As the days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic grind on, millions of people continue to wrestle with isolation, uncertainty and stress, whether they’re directly affected by the virus or not. It’s a strain on both mental and physical health.
As quarantining has continued over the past few weeks, I’ve found inspiration in Albert Einstein’s famous quote: “in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity.” When it comes to our wellness, these times have given us the opportunity to put our everyday concerns on pause and rededicate ourselves to building healthy routines and habits (or upgrading our existing ones).
Although it already feels far longer than just a few weeks, our new shelter-at-home lifestyle is still a shock to the system. For families not accustomed to 24/7 togetherness, the mental and emotional strains are significant, even as live-in companionship keeps loneliness at bay. But for those who live by themselves, finding connection in this age of social and physical distancing is more challenging than ever.
In the past few weeks, we have seen life as we know it turned upside down. Our foundations, and much of what we considered to be our basic reality, have been badly shaken. Remaining buoyant in the face of chaos and maintaining equilibrium in the midst of turbulence on this global scale is something few of us have had much experience with.