As we all muddle through this time of uncertainty and unrest, let us be mindful in our eating habits while practicing self-care and realizing that yes, we all intend to eat healthy foods for health but that sometimes we may “slip up” in our minds. Messing up the “perfect diet” is not going to derail all your efforts for a day or week.
Food is often very comforting and something that we KNOW and can alleviate some anxiety. We all can afford to be a little more forgiving of ourselves as we face the “new norms” and changes.
Since we are now forced to distance ourselves from friends and family. This new age of isolation can cause increased fear, anxiety and depression in everyone. During this time, it is important for all of us to get adequate sleep and hydration. Focusing on even these two lifestyle factors can help alleviate stress. If you’re able, getting out for a nice walk (at a safe distance from others) or participating in an online yoga class may do wonders for your physical and mental health.
Try new hobbies!
Reading, puzzles, painting, writing, sewing, sending cards and other ways to exercise your creativity can be very therapeutic. Finally, try to connect with friends and family via video or phone calls. Although you may not be able to physically interact with everyone, being able to connect online is great.
If you, or a loved one, does appear to be struggling more with disordered eating and/or mental health decline please know that there are many resources to help. We are all in this together and can make difference.
Rebecca Kapsen, RDN, LDN
Corporate Registered Dietitian