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If You’re in a Pandemic Rut, Here’s How to Create New Healthy Habits

By Virginia Cooper

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle always requires commitment, but in the time of COVID-19, establishing healthy habits becomes even more challenging. Our normal routines keep us on track, but without those routines, it’s up to you to find new solutions for staying healthy. Then there’s the stress of trying to do all this with both work and family life happening at home.

To get back on track, start with these resources for home exercise and good nutrition. Then make sure you focus on minimizing the stress of trying to juggle it all!

Maintaining a Balanced Diet

Eating well doesn’t need to be a difficult task—all you need is a plan, a little motivation, and awareness. Stick to the basics and your mind and body will soon thank you!

Maximizing the Exercise

If your diet didn’t suffer during the pandemic, maybe your exercise routine did. It’s time to get back to it; exercise has a number of health benefits including improving your mental health and helping you stave off depression.

Managing Work

One aspect of life moving forward out of the pandemic is the fact that remote work is here to stay. Working from home takes some adjustment, but once you’re set up and have established a good workday schedule, you’re off and running.

Staying in Touch and Staying Sane

Months on end of social isolation during the pandemic’s peak may have tempted some to stay isolated even as restrictions were lifted. Not a good idea. Humans are social creatures, and staying in touch is akin to staying sane.

Since it’s almost springtime, try finding alternatives to what you would normally do this time of year. You may not be able to go camping, but you can still have a backyard campout. Or, instead of having friends over for a barbecue, enjoy the slower pace of life while cooking out for your family. The COVID-19 pandemic is something most of us could never have prepared for, but now that it’s here, we can all find healthy ways to manage.

Virginia Cooper is a retired community college instructor. She always encouraged her students to see the real-world value in their education, and now, she wants to spread that message as wide as possible. Her hope is that Learn a Living will be a go-to resource for adult learners embarking on starting, continuing, or finishing their education.

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