We’re all doing our part to flatten the COVID-19 curve by staying home. But spending more time indoors can make it tough to stick with our healthy habits. It’s hard to ignore the snacks in our pantries, find a place to work out and take breaks if we’re working from home. As you adjust to a new normal, we’ve got a few tips and benefits to support you during this time.
1. Try at-home workouts
We get it—working out in your living room isn’t quite the same as going to your gym, but you can still break a sweat! Many studios, gyms and fitness apps are offering free virtual work outs you can do at home. This is also a great opportunity for you to try a new workout without fear of making mistakes or not keeping up with the rest of the class.
If you’re participating in the 10K-A-Day Take Action activity, remember to log any steps from your workouts to receive your credit!
2. Make your mental health a priority
There are many ways to do this, and it all boils down to what works best for you. There are several apps that provide guided meditations, relaxing music or even yoga. Journaling, adult coloring books and exercise are other good ways to release stress and tension from your day.
3. Meal prep each week
Not only will planning your meals in advance save you trips to the grocery store, which helps you avoid germs, but it also creates less work for you throughout the week. By prepping your meals at the beginning of the week, you can save the leftovers for lunches and dinners. Buying in bulk might be a good idea so you have enough meals to last several days. And don’t forget your freezer. You can cook ahead and store your own TV dinners.
If cooking isn’t your thing, there are also meal delivery boxes such as HelloFresh and Blue Apron that deliver healthy, easy-to-make meals straight to your doorstep.
4. Plan out your finances
If you need guidance on your retirement savings strategy and navigating the current market volatility, you can talk to professionals with Financial Engines to help you figure it all out. They have a wealth of information and tools available to you online, 24/7.
5. Reach out for help
If you need more support, remember you can reach out to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at 1.855.897.4044 to speak with a licensed counselor. The EAP website (Company Code: automation) also has a full library of webinars, articles and videos on several wellbeing topics.