Now that we’re all stuck at home, here are a few ideas to help save your sanity during the COVID-19 lockdown…

The thought of being stuck at home, unable to even walk around the block, can add a whole new level of anxiety for many people.
Set meal times and pack snacks

The walk to the fridge is a short one, making it all the easier to snack. And if you have kids, their boredom-induced constant demand for snacks could drive you nuts.

An easy way to avoid this is to stick to set meal and snack times. Pack lunch boxes – as you would do for a school day. If your kids are old enough to help, do this together while tidying up after breakfast.

Packing lunch and snacks once a day should help keep calories in check and reduce the amount time you have to spend in the kitchen – which is all the more helpful when you have to work from home.
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Start your day with movement

We could all use the stress-busting and immune-boosting benefits of exercise right now and starting the day with exercise is a great idea.

In an interview on The Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin, Kelly McGonigal, author of The Joy of Movement, says that there is a morning effect or first part of the day effect.

She says that research shows that when you exercise, basically, it changes the way you experience stress and improve your interactions with people you experience.

“So if you exercise first thing in the morning, you tend to show up to your next encounter, or whatever that role is as parenting or work, as a different version of yourself, one that is going to be less flustered when something goes wrong, one that’s better going enjoy connecting with people,” says McGonigal.

Since you can’t go to the gym or for a run in your neighbourhood, try following YouTube workouts, dust off those old workout DVDs, have a family dance party, go for a run in your garden or climb the stairs in your home a few times.

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