The COVID-19 outbreak has induced a number of changes. Work-from-home is becoming more common than not, you don’t have the option to go to happy hour at your local spot after work, and even your daily exercise routines may be out of sorts. Add in the fact that many of us are being asked to stay at home and self-isolate and life as we know it truly feels upended.

As we embark into weeks of uncertainty and remote work, it is important to take care of yourself and those around you on a physical, emotional and mental level. We have compiled some of our favorite wellness tips to help you be your best self – personally and professionally.

Maintain healthy eating habits

As we adjust to life working remotely, for many of us the kitchen is now only steps away. Snack to energize, make sure you are continuing to take a lunch, and be mindful of healthy habits.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate

Believe it or not, just because you are home and sitting at your desk/on your couch does not mean you should skimp on water. Even mild dehydration can lead to decreased cognitive ability, as well as a negative impact on one’s mood and stamina.

Get up and move

If you find yourself feeling exhausted, stressed or fidgety, you may find relief in getting up and moving around. Stand up and do laps around the room, the house, or the neighborhood. Stretch, at the very least, and get your blood circulating. It can do wonders for your mood and overall health.

Be mindful of your sleep

Without the commute to and from work right now, take advantage of a little extra time to sleep. You’ll find yourself feeling healthier, working more productively, and cultivating better relationships. To ensure you are getting to sleep each night, try winding down with a ritual like a cup of tea, a hot shower or bath, or a few minutes of reading or meditation.

Get in those at-home workouts

With gyms closed for the time being, many of them and other fitness instructors have gone online to offer classes. You can also look to YouTube for basic exercise videos, while some apps – like FitBod – are offering free classes for the next few months and some instructors are taking to Instagram Live for daily workouts (to make your workout even more fun get your kids, partner, and other housemates involved!). Whatever works for you – physical exercise will undoubtedly boost your self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy as well as reduce your risk of stress and depression.

Don’t ignore your health

Make sure you are taking care of yourself mentally and physically. Ask your provider if it is possible to schedule remote appointments via Skype or FaceTime.

As we work through the next few weeks and months, remember to take it all one day at a time. Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that these are temporary measures and you are not alone.

Talk about your experience with others

Your colleagues, friends, family members and social community are experiencing a lot of the same things right now. We can benefit from the camaraderie in talking about it.

Connect internally

Delve into your self-care go-to options. Meditate, read, relax, cook, sew, write, paint or whatever else it may be. Figure out what works best to put your mind at ease.

Show appreciation

Studies show that people who practice gratitude consistently report greater physical, emotional and social well-being. Make a habit of thanking your team members for their help throughout the day.

Spend some time outside (if you can)

Besides the sunlight exposure (which itself has all sorts of benefits), stepping outside for 15 minutes each day has been linked to better mental health. Get in a few laps around the block (while maintaining proper social distancing techniques). Do a little gardening. Take a book out to your patio. Get out.

Periodically check in with yourself

Throughout the day pay attention to whether you feel at ease or if any part of your body is tense. Are you rushing for no reason? How furiously are you typing? Are you clenching your jaw? How close are you leaning into your screen? If you notice you aren’t at ease, prioritize a recovery break!

Listen

Being displaced from the office takes away a lot of opportunity for face-to-face interaction. It is easy to sit on a phone call at home and be distracted by other emails coming in, the latest tweets, or texts. Make an effort to listen. At the most basic level, listening makes others feel valued and appreciated. Give the people you are conversing with your full, focused attention.

As we work through the next few weeks and months, remember to take it all one day at a time. Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that these are temporary measures and you are not alone.

Stay connected

Make the most of technology and stay in touch with colleagues, friends and family via phone calls, texts, social media and video conferencing. Reaching out to people you trust is one of the best ways to reduce anxiety, depression, loneliness, and boredom during social distancing, quarantine, and isolation.

Create a routine

Change out of your pajamas, shower, and make a to-do list of all the things you want to accomplish that day. Develop a sense of normalcy and productivity.

Avoid burnout

Set strict limits to your work to avoid becoming overwhelmed. It helps to have regular work hours and actually sticking to them. Communicate with your work team so they understand when you are and are not available.

Take breaks!

Give your mind the chance to renew and unwind. And even more than that – get away from the screen. Take a few laps, stretch, listen to some music, or play with the dog. The best break of all is one that makes you feel good – so whether it be a 20-minute power nap or a 10-minute stroll around the block, know that your brain will always benefit from a little you-time.

Do good, feel good

While we can’t necessarily go out and volunteer right now, there are ways to make an impact for your favorite causes and organizations. Order food to support local restaurants. Drive awareness to your favorite organizations. Promote causes on social media. Pick up groceries for your grandparents or others in the community most vulnerable right now. Giving back – however that may look right now – can have a positive impact on you and your community.

Don’t overload on news

Stay informed with a few credible sources, like the CDC and WHO, and check-in once or twice a day. While it is important to stay informed, constant monitoring of news and social media can trigger anxiety and stress, so it is equally important to create a healthy balance to minimize overexposure.

As we work through the next few weeks and months, remember to take it all one day at a time. Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that these are temporary measures and you are not alone.