In a world that feels off its axis, how can we find a healthy balance of activities to get through the day?
alive has asked a range of our favourite health experts questions on how we can thrive through this troubling time. Here are their top tips in response to our third question:
What is one thing you’re doing every day to stay balanced?
Paula Blanchet, RHN
“I have a list of things I need to do around the house, and I try to tackle one thing a day. This leaves more things on the list so if I’m going to be stuck in my house for many weeks to come, I won’t run out of things to do. I then commit to the rest of the day focused on preparing healthy food, catching up on my reading, and getting some exercise. Having a plan each day and trying to make it a little different breaks up the monotony and makes me feel like I’m getting things accomplished.”
Dr. Cassie Irwin, ND
“At the beginning of the lockdown, I made sure to do things that consistently bring me joy; taking a rejuvenating walk in nature, following a live-stream yoga session, and watching reruns of beloved TV shows (hello, office antics at Dunder Mifflin!). While the days themselves were pleasant enough, I eventually felt like I was living the same day over and over – a bit like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day! I broke the cycle by committing to do one different joy-promoting activity every day, whether that’s playing a game of Scrabble in the middle of a weekday, folding origami, or attending my first-ever virtual birthday party on Zoom. While I haven’t used my time to learn a new skill or accomplish a major goal, I’ve been prioritizing rest and fun as a way to bring balance back into my normally fast-paced life.”
Matthew Kadey, RD, MS
“I’ve had to unplug from the non-stop COVID-19 news coverage. I found that I was getting mentally exhausted by following the situation too closely. Finding a balance and checking in just once or twice daily for a short period of time has made a big difference in my mental health.”
Dr. Gillian Flower, ND
“I’m trying to follow my own advice! I am also working to stay in the present moment and trying to solve the problem at hand. Being a working parent at home, this usually involves feeding someone or setting up an activity. I am trying to flip the meaning of this situation where possible, embracing the positive side of all this unexpected time with my young family, rather than dwelling on the juggling act.”