The holiday season is upon us. With temperatures dropping and a stubborn pandemic, how can we utilize the time inside to our advantage regarding health and wellness? We’ve got you covered. Here are a few suggestions on how you can stay happy, healthy, and sane during our first quarantined Thanksgiving and winter season. 

  1. Fall cleaning for allergies: Sure, we’re all familiar with spring cleaning, but a good fall/winter scrub has health benefits as well. Vacuuming regularly, washing sheets weekly, and changing heating filters help reduce allergies and keep the germs away.
  2. Bring in the fresh air – Even if temperatures drop lower than you’d like, open a window a couple of times a day to get some fresh air into the house. We’re stuck indoors more than usual anyway, these days. Add a pandemic, and one can go days without seeing the sun. Let Mother Nature’s fresh air clear out the staleness of lockdown.
  3. Exercise – You only need 5 minutes a day – seriously. Make it a goal to do some exercise every day for at least 5 minutes. It truly is about consistency, and you’ll notice that some days turn into 10 minutes, others 30, and one day maybe even an hour. 
  4. Deep cleaning: So you want to tackle some bigger issues. Take the time stuck indoors to do a deep dive into your refrigerator, stove, or washing machine. We forget that these items need love too. 
  5. Access your health – Do a daily check-in with your mental and physical health. Do you have any aches and pains? Are you feeling relatively OK, considering the circumstances? If you’re not at your best, now is a great time to contact a physician and/or a mental health professional. 

We’ve been told that the colder months may show a rise in COVID-19 cases, so while you wait it out at home, pick a project and stick to it. It’s important to enjoy the season with your people, but remember to keep it safe, healthy, and socially-distanced. 

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