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Healthy Habits for Self Isolation

In our brave new world of social distancing there has never been a more important time to focus on our health and wellbeing. In Australia, we’re still permitted to exercise outside for some fresh air but what else can you do to keep your body and mind healthy during these challenging times?

It feels ironic that World Health Day (7 April) falls this year during this COVID-19 crisis and in the lead up to Easter, when we’re no doubt going to devour some Easter eggs and treats, however here’s some ideas to stay fit and healthy while social distancing:

1. GreenX7 App
Download the GreenX7 Reconnect to Recharge App, which monitors your daily “battery” levels so you know what you need to improve to find balance in your life. The app tailors suggestions to rebalance and recharge.

2. Daily Yoga
There are many benefits to the daily practice of yoga such as increased flexibility, focus and reducing anxiety. You’ll find plenty of yoga instructors online but we like Yoga with Adriene for the Texan's caring nature and sense of fun.

3. Intermittent Fasting
There is currently a trend toward intermittent fasting. It’s not a diet, but an eating pattern to allow metabolic benefits and many people report weight loss, weight management and increased clarity and concentration. Try the Zero App which tracks your fasting, starting with the manageable option of Circadian Rhythm, a 13 hour fast that starts at sunset and lasts to morning.

4. Manage your Mental Health
Check in with friends and family via phone, social media, zoom or house party to ensure they are ok during this time of social distancing and self isolation. Tim Hoopmann, a keynote speaker on mental health and technology says “always take care of you and your mental health first. Exercise, sleep and positive thoughts plus connecting with others is a great way to start. When you are taking care of your mental health, you are able to then assist others more effectively. Look after you so then you can look out for others.”

5. Wellness Retreat Gift Voucher
While we may not be able to travel to a wellness retreat during the current coronavirus crisis, purchase a gift voucher now as a gift to yourself or a loved one to ensure once life gets back to “normal” you don’t return to your old ways but take time to find balance and reflection.

While this is a difficult time for so many, try to find the silver lining by slowing down, enjoying quality time with your immediate family, exercising and nourishing your body with healthy meals so you emerge a healthier version of yourself.

Image credit: Gaia Retreat
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