"Relax, Relate, Release!"
It's that time of year where it's "pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that." This year is also the season of "wear your mask and carry your hand sanitizer." To say that this year has been strange is an understatement. There are posts on social media comparing this year to the movie "Jumanji." For those who aren't familiar with the movie- the premise involves players navigating a series of difficult levels to make it to the end of the game. And when the players make it to the end, they celebrate, and life returns to normal. We're adjusting to life under a pandemic, virtual school, and the stress and anxiety that it brings. Despite all of it, it's crucial to take care of yourself. During this time, it's vital to R.E.N.E.W. your mind and spirit. How do we R.E.N.E.W our mind and spirit?
R- Rest. Are you getting a proper amount of sleep? The amount of sleep a person needs depends on many things, including their age. In general- "Most adults need 7 to 9 hours, although some people may need as few as 6 hours or as many as 10 hours of sleep each day. Older adults (ages 65 and older) need 7-8 hours of sleep each day." Make it a habit of developing a routine of going to bed the same time every night.
E- Enjoyment. Are you setting time aside to decompress? Have you discovered a new hobby? Even though the travel options are limited, you can still enjoy yourself. Check out your local for safe, socially distanced opportunities that you can participate in.
N-Nutrition. What are you consuming every day? Not just physical nutrition but also what you consume on social media and the news daily. The constant influx has devastating impacts on your mental health. An "emerging tradition has become known as a digital detox. This refers to self-initiated periods of abstinence from using digital devices, especially abstention from social media. This practice is a response to growing concerns about the over-usage of social media and digital devices. A digital detox can give time for introspection and renewal. It can be positive for mental and physical health and create a new space for alternative health-promoting activities."
E-Exercise. Get up and move. If you're new to the fitness lifestyle, start off with walking at least 30 minutes. The goal will be to exercise 5 times a week. As you build your strength and consistency, begin to incorporate strength training.
W- Water. Remain hydrated. Even during the winter months, you can become dehydrated. "Our brains often mistake thirst for hunger, and after drinking water, that hunger trigger has been satisfied. This means you may not feel the need to snack or eat more food and can resist the temptation easier. Being well hydrated also helps our digestive systems to function and process food better, which is vital during the months when we tend to over-consume. Make sure you drink plenty of water to give your body a hand in digesting food."
Approaching the winter months doesn't mean you can't indulge in self-care. Self-care can be as easy as putting your phone on "do not disturb' or binge-watching your favorite shows. It means that you recognize that your emotional and mental wellness matters too. You deserve the love and care that you freely give to others.
Written by Beverly K. Johnson Owner, Genesys Fitness - Elite Trainer and Nutrition Coach - Fan of Plain Chocolate M&MS