Updated: Oct 16
[ GUEST POST By Cheryl Conklin | wellnesscentral.info
Even if you’re eager to venture out into the world after so many months of self-isolation, the idea of leaving home for more than a quick walk or hike can feel a bit overwhelming. Whether you’re fearful about the coronavirus or you’re unhappy with your appearance after falling off the diet and fitness wagon while sheltering in place, there are some things you can do to adapt to this next phase of the pandemic. Aubrey, an Air Transport Pilot, business owner, and the face of CollectingCopilots.com, offers some sound advice on embracing these pandemic-induced changes and learning to flourish as you begin to venture out in the wake of COVID-19.
The tips below will also help you to look and feel your very best as pandemic restrictions continue to lift throughout many parts of the world — so read on!
As you get ready to venture out into the world after several months of sheltering in place, you may be experiencing a full range of thoughts, emotions, and feelings. For some, this may include social anxiety, depression, grief, disordered eating, and poor body image — while others may be experiencing agoraphobia or anxiety surrounding the coronavirus. In order to look and feel your best post-lockdown, however, it’s important to address each of the different thoughts, emotions, and feelings you’re experiencing — and make a plan for managing them.
MAKE A PLAN
Once you’ve addressed any concerns you may have about venturing out into the world post-lockdown, it’s time to make a plan for getting these thoughts, feelings, and emotions under control.
Here are some ideas to consider:
Deal with body image issues. Whether you’ve gained the “quarantine 15” or your time at home has dug up some negative feelings about your body, it’s important to deal with these thoughts and feelings in a positive way. To do it, the pros at Talkspace recommend scheduling an appointment with a mental health professional and/or dietician, working meditation into your daily routine, and limiting the time you spend on social media.
Know how to protect yourself from COVID-19. To ease some of your coronavirus-related fears and anxieties, it’s important to know how to best protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Visit the CDC’s website to review the latest coronavirus guidelines — and wear a protecting face covering whenever you visit a public setting or spend time with non-household members.
Adopt a healthier lifestyle. While healthy eating and exercise can contribute to weight loss, toned muscles, and other physical benefits, a good diet and exercise routine can also help to boost your mood, alleviate stress and anxiety, and strengthen your immune system. As you get ready to venture out in the wake of COVID-19, adopting a healthier lifestyle is one of the single best things you can do for improved physical, mental, and emotional health.
Look great, feel great. According to scientific research, the clothes you wear can play a major role in how you think, feel, and behave. And while Edited notes comfort is key as many of us continue to work remotely and stay home as much as possible, it’s possible to wear comfortable clothing pieces without sacrificing style. If you shop online at Davy Piper, for instance, you can find leggings, tanks, and undergarments that are perfect for staying in during the pandemic — or venturing out into the world. When purchasing comfortable underwear, look for affordable pieces that stretch and conform to your body — without digging into your waistline or rubbing against your skin.
A FINAL WORD
Many of us aren’t looking or feeling our best as we navigate the novel coronavirus crisis, but these tips can help boost our physical, mental, and emotional well-being as we adapt to the next phase of the pandemic. Just as we adapted to pandemic-induced lockdowns and stay-at-home orders, it won’t be long before we’ve adjusted to the next new normal in the age of COVID-19.
A note to the guest author from Collecting Copilots:
Cheryl, thank you so much for having such a big heart and eager to take the time to help others push through these continuous unknowing times. It seems as though we are starting to physically open up as a communal Country and it can be so stressful for most. This article gives a piece of mind to those who seek steps in recovering from the 2020 chaos. You, and your amazing and detailed wellness-based website are just "what the doctor ordered". THANK YOU! -Aubrey and the CC team!
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