As much as many of us talk the vitality talk (and obviously walk it, too!), we have been suddenly thrust into a global health crisis few could ever imagine. It’s progressed quickly, and many of us feel unprepared, helpless, isolated, and afraid for the future … with good reason. Which is why we need superb wellness practices NOW, more than ever before.
It goes without saying that all the practices recommended by the CDC (as well as other health and government officials) are of the utmost importance, and should be heeded with gusto. So, a big yes to hand-washing, disinfecting, social distancing, not hoarding toilet paper (!), self-isolating if you feel sick, and whatever else your local city ordinance advises. Nothing we recommended here will replace the value of those priorities.
Still, there are additional proactive steps we can take. So, here are nine things you can do that can help turn this unprecedented global situation into an opportunity to support the best (and healthiest!) version of yourself.
1. Eat whole foods.
Many individuals have stocked up on “comfort” snacks, and frozen or canned ready-made meals that are highly processed, citing shelf-life and/or cost as an excuse. In truth, this is precisely the very worst time to consume empty calories – your body needs all the nutrients it can get to stay strong. Some excellent (and inexpensive) options to stock up on include whole foods like dried beans, lentils, grains, rice, frozen vegetables, fresh (or dried/frozen) fruit, and nuts and seeds. Garlic, lemons, turmeric, as well as most herbs and spices are very beneficial to have on hand too.
2. Prioritize sleep.
If you find yourself suddenly working at home (or off work entirely), take advantage of the lack of morning commute to ensure you get a solid 7-9 hours of slumber each night. Studies show that an inadequate amount of sleep can weaken your immune system and inhibit your ability to fight infectious diseases, leaving you more likely to get sick if exposed to a virus. Plus, better sleep equals better brain function and mood, meaning you’ll be able to cope with the ongoing life transitions that much better.
3. Put superfoods to use.
If ever there was a time for the health-boosting qualities of superfoods, it’s now. To be clear: no superfood or herb can prevent a COVID-19 infection, but many can bolster immune response. In other words, if you contract the virus, you potentially will have additional immunological support to fight it. But the trick is to consume superfoods before you get sick, so stock up now. Some of the most powerful immune-boosting and anti-viral superfoods* include both