The Coronavirus showed up and made 2020 feel like a year of complete chaos, as many of our lives were turned completely upside down. Restaurants, gyms, and bars that we once frequented have been closed down due to tight restrictions to keep everyone safe. Offices and the vaguely comforting commutes that came with them have transitioned to full-time remote roles. The grocery stores seem to always be out of toilet paper, for no good reason. It’s just a wildly disorienting time out here.
For the first time, the world seems like it’s always on the cusp of some imminent apocalyptic scenario. It can feel like life itself has spiraled completely out of control, and the order that once kept your mind somewhat calm, is nothing but a bittersweet memory. Well, there’s no reason that you can’t change the momentum, and reintroduce order to your life once again. You just need an effective roadmap to get the job done. Let’s take a look at five tips you can use to get your life back in order as soon as possible.
1. Get your diet under control.
During difficult times it’s incredibly hard to not cave to bouts of dangerously tempting binge eating, where you’re eating all the junk or comfort food around. Comfort food is called that for a reason. Those greasy plates of fast food and sweets are unfortunately effective at temporarily alleviating a troubled soul. The thing is though, that the temporary relief gives way to gnarly sugar crashes and an overriding sickly feeling. Your food choices matter more than you know. While your mind might call out for the unhealthy snacks, the rest of your body actually only really wants the healthy foods to keep your whole system running at an optimal level.
Plus, your body won’t respond to stress as effectively, if it’s still trying to process the burger that you impulsively ordered off Uber Eats in a moment of weakness.
That being said, there’s no shame in losing control over your diet. It’s all about what you’re going to do to tighten the reins and take those steps in the right direction, for moving forwards. Start off easy, by swapping those bags of chips for bags of carrots and hummus, or celery sticks and peanut butter. Or maybe swap out the sweets for greek yogurts, fresh fruit, and honey. It’s surprisingly and encouragingly easy to satisfying those cravings if you take a smart approach to your food choices. You can even get real wild with it, and opt for a plant-based diet.
Seriously, becoming a vegan can improve your health. You’ll find yourself sleeping better than ever before without your body having to process all those heavy meats. Plus, nowadays so many restaurants offer great and tasty vegan options that often taste just like their meatier counterparts but with all the desirable health benefits, and the complete lack of animal cruelty. You might find your future vegan self looking unrecognizable one day due to all that healthy weight loss. If that’s not enough of a selling point to consider the vegan lifestyle, you should also note that the vegan or vegetarian diet brings with it amazing health benefits like lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and lower body mass index, because you’re ultimately consuming less of the saturated fat and cholesterol that you’d find in those meat products. You might even end up sparing yourself a harrowing experience with something life-threatening like heart disease further on down the road.
2. Reignite your faith.
Many of us can forget about the profound power that practicing some kind of organized faith, can have in the face of a challenging time. When it feels like everything is overwhelmingly out of control, and your life lacks the direction, color, and purpose that it once had, the panic can become blinding. Well, this is when you need to have something like an NLT study bible.
The words of Christ are hailed as a big deal for a reason. The world of the bible will always be there to comfort you when you feel like the walls are caving in. God’s word can be the calming voice of reason, when you can’t imagine hearing anyone else’s voice. You’ll be able to work through that relatable verse or get pleasantly lost in the words of Christ until you come out of the whole experience feeling spiritually restored, and like you’ve got support no matter what happens in your life. Feeling like you’ve got support from the good book or the man upstairs can be game changing when it comes to facing those challenges that life throws your way, with nothing but courage and love in your heart.
3. Weatherproof your home before winter arrives.
Winter is coming, folks. With climate change who even knows how extreme this particular winter could end up being? There are many folks out there that have already seen their first snow of the season. Or, maybe you’re someone who lives in a climate that regularly churns out ferocious hail storms, and torrential downpours. The point is that the long hot, sun-drenched days of summer have passed us by. No more tees and tank tops and warm toes around the house. Nope, we’re all settling in for the inevitable cold, dark, and testing days of winter.
That being said, there’s no reason that we can’t outfit our respective homes to be nothing less than cozy comfort caves for when winter really kicks into high gear. It’s crucial that you assess the state of your home before the weather constricts your ability to do so. You might already have some roofing damage from hail. Maybe you’ve spotted some ugly leaks amidst your early winter’s first apocalyptic hail storm. Well, get that roof inspection under way and figure out what you’ll need to do to ensure that your home is set up for success. You might even have to get a roof replacement for that metal roof you’ve had shield your home for forever, but at least you won’t be doing so in the middle of winter, when the timing couldn’t be more inconvenient. It’s remarkable what kind of damage those hailstones can do to your home without you even realizing it. So take the initiative and address that storm damage today!
4. Show love for your favorite local businesses.
While the Coronavirus has forced many of us to order up our go-to kale salads, fresh fruit bowls, chocolate peanut butter milkshakes, black bean vegetarian burgers, etc. for delivery from apps on our phones, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make that a regular practice. Now is a good a time as any to express your gratitude and appreciation for the local restaurants and bars you grew to love before the time of COVID-19, by regularly ordering from them whenever you don’t feel like cooking at home. At the end of the day it just feels plain old good to help other people feel good. You have no idea just how much your regular business might mean to that vegan cafe that’s struggling to stay afloat during these difficult, socially distanced times. The extent of the damage caused by Coronavirus has been devastating, and it’s on all of us to help out where we can!
5. Establish a consistent workout routine.
You don’t have to pound the pavement for a grueling series of miles that leave your legs feeling like useless jello. You can keep it as chill as a quick 15 minute walk around the neighborhood, or even a beginner’s at-home yoga workout. The point is that you find something to elevate your heart rate, and maybe get those sweat pores going. A minor workout at a regular frequency can have a huge positive impact on your mental game. You’ll find your mind decluttered, and your stress levels much lower than they would’ve been if you just devolved into a full on quarantined couch potato. Plus, you’ll naturally ward off nasty things like heart disease and cardiovascular disease with some regular exercise. Maybe throw into that mix a newfound dedication toward a vegetarian diet that steers clear of high cholesterol foods (or even swapping out the fries for the broccoli), and you might come out of this whole Coronavirus quarantine thing with your life looking healthier and more organized than you ever thought possible!