If you do not correctly manage your stress levels, it will result in symptoms of poor health, including crippling anxiety, muscle tension, and fatigue. Besides washing your hands, wearing facial coverings, and practicing social distancing, here are four wellness ideas to encourage you to be healthy and productive during the pandemic.

  • At-Home Fitness Training

Exercise is a definitive neurological booster because it releases endorphins (happy chemicals) to put you in a more relaxed state of mind.

Currently, fitness centers and gyms are in limited operation to mitigate the spreading of coronavirus between customers. As a result, fitness enthusiasts transitioned to virtual workout classes to continue with their daily workouts.

Start exercising at home by using YouTube fitness videos.

What is the problem area of your body that you want to target? Is it your abs, glutes, or upper body?

Find one or two HIIT cardio or conditioning exercise videos that associate with your target area. If you have not exercised in more than six months, find a workout video that provides low-intensity variations of the movements.

Stay consistent, and your body will become stronger to perform the high-intense or full expression of the routine.

  • Consume Foods Rich in Magnesium and Omega 3

Limit your consumption of foods that will rapidly spike your glucose or blood sugar. Instead, choose foods rich with magnesium and Omega 3s to increase serotonin (calm chemical) and stabilize your glucose. Magnesium deficiency reduces serotonin production, which triggers anxiety, resulting in stress-inducing symptoms, including headaches and fatigue.  

Instead of eating cookies or potato chips, eat an ounce of raw almonds (1 oz. = 23 almonds) for an afternoon snack. Almonds are loaded with magnesium that lower cortisol levels and have unsaturated fat to lower cholesterol.

Try quinoa as a healthy alternative to white or brown rice. Quinoa is seeds enriched in protein and fiber. Though commonly mistaken as grains, it actually lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. Quinoa can be delicious when paired with a main entrée like salmon. Alaskan Wild salmon is anti-inflammatory with Omega 3 fatty acids that reverse the effects of cortisol. Unlike farm-raised salmon, they are not fed antibiotics, nor do they contain color additives.

Ideally, you should eat at least 2 portions of salmon per week.

  • Virtual Volunteering

What is the cause or issue that motivates you to find a benefiting solution?

Are you a skilled copywriter, graphic designer, or IT specialist?

Take advantage of virtual volunteering at its peak, especially if you are a recent college graduate. 

Non-profit organizations are always looking for skilled volunteers to help them with fundraising campaigns. Her Nexx Chapter needs a number of volunteers in various departments. If you’re interested, you can apply here

Being a virtual volunteer will help you create a portfolio to help you land your first job. 

Providing hope for underprivileged people in dire circumstances will be a rewarding experience that will make you feel confident and content during uncertainty. 

  • Continuing Education Through Online Learning

Want to learn a new hobby, or are you seeking a career promotion?

Use this extra time to learn a new skill, language, or hobby by registering in an online course.

There are dozens of websites that provide cheap or free online courses in numerous subjects.

For example, you aspire to become an SEO Content Writer. However, you looked at the job description and discovered that the company prefers a candidate with an HTML coding experience. Continuing education will make you more competitive and marketable in the workforce.

Enjoy a 30-Day Guest Pass to explore the variety of our Her Nexx Chapter virtual coaches’ programs. Sign up here

The Future of Connection for Women

Victoria Ards

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