Many of us are still spending a lot more time at home, as stay-at-home orders start to slowly lift. It is likely that being at home more will be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. By now you may have gotten into a routine but may be looking to up-level your health and well-being. Luckily, even at home, there is a lot you can do to continue to take care of yourself mentally and physically. Taking Care of Your Mental Health 2020 has been a stressful year, to say the least. Taking care of your mental health has never been a bigger priority. Being isolated at home is adding to the stress and mental health problems. A 2015 study found that loneliness and lack of connection can negatively impact your health as much as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Several studies of previous quarantines found rates of substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems all increase during times of isolation and lockdown. This is why mental health needs to be a priority during this time. Here are a few ways you can protect your mental health, even while remaining at home: Stay connected. Communicate regularly with friends and family. Schedule video chats and phone calls with loved ones. It is critical not to be isolated during this time. Stick to a schedule. The lack of routine can make us feel a little bit lost. If you stick to a daily schedule for waking up, working, and eating meals this can help you stay on track and make the days feel more “normal”. Consider a meditation practice. With so much stress and anxiety in the world, meditation is a great way to stay grounded. Start with 5-10 minutes a day and work your way up. Stop the information overload. The news can significantly exacerbate your stress, so limit the time you spend listening to the news or scrolling social media. Consider checking in once or twice a day just to stay informed. Read supportive articles or inspirational material. Whatever makes you feel inspired or calm is a great place to start. Consider asking for help. If you are truly struggling with anxiety or depression during this time, many therapists are offering virtual sessions, so don’t be afraid to reach out. Maintaining Your Physical Health at Home Now is a critical time to stay healthy and support your immune system. There are many things you can do at home to keep your physical health in tip top shape. In addition to the mental health aspect we already discussed, your focus should be on healthy diet, regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. Eat Healthy During times of stress or boredom, many of us turn to food. This is a natural response, as our bodies are just trying to store calories in case of emergency. In times of stress, rarely do we cope with broccoli, it is usually refined carbohydrates like chips or cookies that we turn to for comfort. But realize this is a time when your body needs balanced nutrition. Start by creating a plan for your meals. Make sure to base your meals on protein, vegetables, and healthy fats. You can enjoy a treat from time to time, but you should always try to focus on good nutrition first. For example, start your day with a shake made with keto protein powder which contains all the amino acids your body needs to make more immune cells and no added sugar. Lunch should be a large bowl of vegetable soup or a salad with protein. Snack on fruit, nuts, or yogurt to keep you satisfied and well nourished. Aim for a healthy dinner with plenty of protein and veggies. Although we can all enjoy a treat, a little bit of awareness around what and how much you are eating can help you stay healthy and keep your immune system strong. Exercising at Home Regular exercise is one of the best ways to support a healthy immune system and your mental well-being. If you are finding yourself with more time these days, since you no longer have to commute, it is a great time to start an exercise routine. The easiest thing to do is to begin walking. All you need is a pair of comfortable tennis shoes and you can get moving. If you want a more structured workout, there are many websites that are offering free trials of their fitness programs, such as Peloton or Daily Burn. You can also always find free fitness videos on YouTube. Whatever you choose, aim to be active for at least 30 minutes per day. Get Enough Sleep Sleep is one of the most neglected health habits. When you don’t get enough sleep, the body makes fewer immune cells to fight infection. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety can make it difficult to get 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. A nightly routine can help you get better sleep. About an hour before bedtime, dim the lights, put your phone away, and pick up a good book. Or consider taking a warm bath and relaxing into bed. Doing the same thing nightly will help your body start to feel tired at a specific time. It is also important to always go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, no matter how tempting it might be to stay up late or sleep in. Limit caffeine, smoking, and alcohol before bed because they can disrupt quality sleep. If you are struggling with sleep, consider speaking to your doctor, as there are many underlying health conditions that can make sleep difficult Do what you can to focus on your mental and physical health during this stressful time. If you prioritize your health, you can better help others cope and keep your immune system strong. > > > GET THE BOOK TO DISCOVER MORE INFORMATION
This is a very difficult article for me to write, but I definitely need to write it. All over the country, people are considering suicide because of all the bad things that have happened this year, and things are only going to get even more challenging in 2021 and beyond. This greatly grieves me, because suicide is never the answer to anything, and I wish that I could sit down individually with every person that is considering suicide and get them to understand this. Our lives are meant to be lived with purpose, passion and great joy, and that doesn’t change when times get very difficult. In fact, when challenging times come that is when bright lights are needed the most. Personally, even though I am constantly writing about all of the hard things that are going on in the world, I am not down, I am not depressed, and I am not on any pills. Instead, I am incredibly thankful for the gift of each new day, and there is no other time in all of human history that I would rather be living than right now. But if you allow your life to be defined by the system that the global elite have established, and if you are living for what you can get from that system, then the years ahead are going to be exceedingly difficult for you because that system is failing. Over the course of this year, the entire world has been thrown into a state of chaos by the coronavirus pandemic, the global economic collapse and the tremendous civil unrest that we have witnessed in major cities all over the planet. According to a survey that the CDC recently conducted, all of this turmoil has had a dramatic affect on our mental health… At the end of June, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed almost 10,000 Americans on their mental health. They found symptoms of anxiety and depression were up sharply across the board between March and June, compared with the same time the previous year. And young people seemed to be the hardest-hit of any group. Almost 11 percent of all respondents to that survey said they had “seriously considered” suicide in the past 30 days. For those ages 18 to 24, the number was 1 in 4 — more than twice as high. Those numbers are absolutely heartbreaking. The years between 18 and 24 should be some of the greatest years of your entire life, and yet one out of every four Americans in that age group “seriously considered” committing suicide in just one month. That number alone is sufficient evidence to prove that our society has become a complete and utter failure. The system that we are living in doesn’t give these young people any real meaning for their lives, it doesn’t provide them with hope, and it doesn’t give them any reason to be optimistic about the long-term future. And the truth is that suicides have been on the rise for many years. In fact, CDC numbers show that the suicide rate has been increasing “every year since 2007”… The suicide rate among young people was already at a record high before the pandemic, and had increased every year since 2007, according to a new analysis of CDC data released on Thursday by the gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety. The new report, which came on World Suicide Prevention Day, notes that suicide was the second leading cause of death among young people after accidents. Shouldn’t the fact that the suicide rate just keeps going up year after year after year be a giant red flag for all of us? As a society, the direction that we are running is the exact opposite of where we should be going, and that greatly frustrates me. Many of us keep sounding the alarm, but most people simply do not want to listen. But if we keep going down the same path, many more Americans will fall into despair, depression and self-destructive behaviors. Just like the CDC numbers that I discussed earlier, a recent KFF tracking poll found that Americans have had an exceedingly difficult time dealing with the events of this year… In a KFF Tracking Poll conducted in mid-July, 53% of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. This is significantly higher than the 32% reported in March, the first time this question was included in KFF polling. Many adults are also reporting specific negative impacts on their mental health and wellbeing, such as difficulty sleeping (36%) or eating (32%), increases in alcohol consumption or substance use (12%), and worsening chronic conditions (12%), due to worry and stress over the coronavirus. As the pandemic wears on, ongoing and necessary public health measures expose many people to experiencing situations linked to poor mental health outcomes, such as isolation and job loss. If we can’t even deal with the problems that we are facing right now, how in the world are we going to handle what else is ahead? Sadly, our overall mental health was already in really bad shape coming into this year. In 2019, it was being reported that “deaths of despair” in the United States had reached an all-time record high. The following comes from NBC News… Rates of deaths from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol have reached an all-time high in the United States, but some states have been hit far harder than others, according to a report released Wednesday by the Commonwealth Fund. When things get really crazy, it can be very tempting to try to find a way to escape. For some people, escaping means abusing alcohol or drugs, and for others it means becoming immersed in endless hours of self-destructive forms of entertainment. And of course some people attempt to “escape” permanently by committing suicide. But the truth is that you cannot run away from reality, and there is no reason to try to escape in the first place. You were born at this particular moment in history for a reason, there is a unique purpose for your life, and you have a job to do. All of human history has been building up to a great crescendo, and to be alive during this time is such an amazing privilege. In the movie Gladiator, Russell Crowe’s character made a statement that has always stuck with me. He said that “what we do in life echoes in eternity”. If you make your life all about the global elite’s system and what you can get from it, you will end up depressed and defeated. But if you focus on the things that will echo in eternity, and if you discover the reason why you were placed at this moment in history, then you will never have any reason to want to try to escape this amazing adventure that we call life. ***Michael’s new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*** About the Author: My name is Michael Snyder and my brand new book entitled “Lost Prophecies Of The Future Of America” is now available on Amazon.com. By purchasing the book you help to support the work that my wife and I are doing, and by giving it to others you help to multiply the impact that we are having on people all over the globe. I have published thousands of articles on The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I always freely and happily allow others to republish my articles on their own websites, but I also ask that they include this “About the Author” section with each article. In addition to my new book, I have written four others that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters. (#CommissionsEarned) The material contained in this article is for general information purposes only, and readers should consult licensed professionals before making any legal, business, financial or health decisions. I encourage you to follow me on social media on Facebook and Twitter, and any way that you can share these articles with others is a great help. During these very challenging times, people will need hope more than ever before, and it is our goal to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as we possibly can.