I’ll do you the favour of NOT pretending to be a Coronavirus expert.
I’m not going to tell you how to react to this.
Here’s what I can offer:
Free tools to make your healthy habits a bit easier right now.
And you might be like:
SERIOUSLY OONAGH!?! You’re gonna talk to me about weight loss right now!?!
Here’s the deal, .
In my book I introduce The Seven Habits Of Highly Healthy Motherf*ckers.
I talk about them in terms of weight loss mostly.
But guess what – I was totally punking you.
Because those are not so much weight loss habits as LIFE habits.
Check it out:
1. Fill Half Your Plate With Vegetables
Veggies are little phytochemical bombs that boost the immune system, are anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants.
If you made 50% of your meals (soups, smoothies, salads, sides!) vegetables, you are arming yourself against disease.
2. Go The Fuck To Sleep
Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus.
Seriously, turn the news off (it’s a stress inducing horror show horror show) and go to bed.
If you are having trouble calming down, I really like the sleep meditations at Insight Timer.
3. Back Away From The Booze
I know that all of this seems like this would all be a lot more tolerable after a four tequila shots.
But booze is probably one of the worst things you can do for your immune system in general – and it even has a direct effect on the lungs and upper respiratory system.
For stress relief, try:
4. Meditate And Practice Compassion
I don’t know about you but my social feeds are looking like a war zone.
And I’m not even just talking about the empty grocery stores.
I’m talking about the divisions between
Team Chill: You guys are all way over reacting. Stop spreading your poisonous fear! It’s way less dangerous than the flu!
Team Freak: You guys are totally not taking this seriously enough! Bunker down, assholes!
And then I saw this beautiful post from writer Elizabeth Gilbert:
She suggests we suspend judgment as none of us can see into the future.
“Adding any condemnation to the conversation just rachets up the hysteria. And most of all – it’s not kind. Humans will under-react. Humans will over-react. Let’s show compassion to all.”
Include yourself in that compassion.
5. Only Eat When You Are Actually Hungry
If you want to keep your immune system revved up, don’t overload your body with digesting heavy and unnecessary food. Keep it light and mindful.
If you find that stress eating is a thing for you, check out my Snacking Solutions ebook for some tips on how to break the pattern:
6. Prep And Plan Ahead
Ok if you’ve always told yourself that you’d love to prep healthy meals but ain’t nobody got time for that –
– you can use your confinement to stock up your freezer with delicious healthy food that will (hopefully) keep you eating healthy long after this has blown over.
3. Move Your Sweet Body.
Exercising is one of the best things you can do for your immune system (not to mention your stress level).
You don’t need to go the gym to get the healthiest bod of your life.
Imagine if you emerged from this social distancing period stronger than ever!? Fun!
Here are some awesome at home workouts to get you started:
I hope this stuff is helpful to you!
Sending big love to you and your family. Stay healthy my friend. x