5 Tips To Staying Healthy In Quarantine
Activate your JavaScript to view the content Good Sunday. Claire Grieve is back on the blog and it's a great article. You are going to learn the top 5 things Claire did in her forties that helped her feel healthy in her mind, body, and spirit. Claire has been on The confidential skinny before where […]

5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine

Good Sunday. Claire Grieve is back on the blog and it's a great article. You are going to learn the top 5 things Claire did in her forties that helped her feel healthy in her mind, body, and spirit.

Claire has been on The confidential skinny before where she shared how to uplift your mornings & all of her top supplement recommendations, but just to reintroduce you ...

Claire and I met in Gstaad, Switzerland. We were introduced by Neda (whom you know) from Healthy with Nedi in a fun and crazy restaurant. I liked her right away - she's warm, strong, likable, smart and knows her shit when it comes to health and wellness.

5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine

Ok, so just for a quick bio: Claire is a yoga teacher, stretch therapist, herbal health coach, and wellness writer. Oh, and a certified health coach. She actually suffered from chronic headaches and inflammation, joint pain, poor digestion, depression and insomnia. Her growing interest in yoga led her to begin exploring her health from a holistic perspective. And she became obsessed with her natural wellness journey.

More recently, Claire introduced me to sound bowls. So if any of you are in the purest, quietest tones, check out this post. I'm telling you, banging on loud bowls gives you most of the positive vibes. And literally change your frequency.

Okay, let's welcome Claire back to the blog.

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In fact, I ended up liking my forties because it gave me time to put energy into my own health. I have found so many new ways to really thrive while staying at home. As life in the world seemed so turned upside down, this time at home gave me opportunities for reflection. And a rejuvenation I just wouldn't have had access to if I worked the same way I did before COVID.

I am obsessed with discovering new wellness practices and have really expanded my knowledge and locked-out practices. I have learned so much. But here are five of the most important practices that kept me healthy, body, mind and spirit, during my forties.

Claire Grieve's 5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine:

♡ Lean into your gratitude practice.

I believe that a gratitude practice is one of the best ways to improve your life. And this is particularly important at this time. I have seen that all of the changes caused by our response to COVID have caused many people to experience fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

During my forties, I leaned into my gratitude practice by taking time in the morning, every day to express my gratitude. In the morning, before checking my emails or social media, I would set an alarm, walk to my meditation nook, and write down five to ten things that I felt grateful for at the time.

From this place of powerful positive intention, I would move on to meditation practice and yoga flow. Changing your state of mind to a vibration of gratitude can change your perspective from lack to one of abundance in a very short time. It can really change the way you think about your whole life.

I have also found that creating more structure around this practice, doing it at the same time morning, helped me feel a sense of security and stcapacity that was so important especially in the early days of my forties.

5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine
5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine

♡ Get out as much as possible.

During our forties, and even now, when everyone is working from home, we all spend so much more time in tiny spaces and move our bodies less and less.

I spent a lot of time in my forties walking around the neighborhood. I would go out for any of my phone calls with co-workers or my family. And I walked outside to clear my head, I would go out if I was bored.

Being outside in nature has so many health benefits. Including improving depression and anxiety and boosting immunity. You don't even have to be in the wilderness. A simple walk in your neighborhood or in the local park can have wonderful health benefits.

While I like good business calls on foot, a trip outside is even more beneficial if you can take the time to disconnect from your devices and take the time to breathe in the fresh air and be truly aware. from your surroundings - listen to the wind blowing through the trees, notice how the sun's rays feel on your face. Take off your shoes and feel how the the ground feels under your toes. I made it my duty to take a conscious walk, without technology, at least once a day during quarantine.

♡ Choose new hobbies.

During my forties, I discovered that starting a new hobby or just letting myself get creative in the kitchen or with paintings or logging is serious food for the soul.

I ended up quarantining myself with two of my best friends. One of them is a holistic chef - we did a lot of experimenting with recipes and she taught me a lot about making delicious, healthy meals. I also decided to grow a garden in quarantine. I grew up on a farm and realized how much I missed working with the land and developing this amazing connection with my food before I ate. Now I have fresh lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, and herbs to eat with my salads - and it really makes me appreciate and savor my food a lot more.

♡ Nourish your body and your immune system

I stocked up on foods and immune supplements. What better time to nourish your body and immune system than during a global pandemic?

I absolutely looooooooove supplements. So My 40s really gave me the opportunity to dig into the best supplements to boost my immunity. Some of my favorite supplements that I discovered during this time are:

+ Vitamin C

+ Vitamin D3 with K2

+ CBD tincture

+ Probiotics

+ Black seed oil

+ Daily Greens

+ Collagen

+ If you feel under the weather: Zinc & Lysine

NOTE: (consult your doctor before starting any supplementation program - you always want to start any wellness plan with a balanced diet full of vitamins and nutrients (vegetables and fruit!) and have your vitamin levels checked / consult your doctor before the start of any supplementation program, supplementation is used in case of deficiency or if you are vulnerable).

My forties also gave me time to tune into my body and eat more intuitively - which foods make me feel energized and strong and which foods make me feel lazy and sick?

It's different for everyone, but really listening to what feeds your body can be a game-changer for overall health and immunity. I also revived the importance of sleep - getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night is so important for overall health, but often times it seems almost impossible. Without needing to move around town, I was able to really rest and restock as needed.

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5 tips for staying healthy in quarantine

♡ STAY CONNECTED.

One of the most important things I did in quarantine was to make sure I stayed connected with my family and friends. I was lucky because I ended up going into quarantine with a few girlfriends and we would be doing things like having family dinners every night, making jigsaw puzzles, and getting creative in the kitchen.

I also found time each day to stay in touch with my family in Australia and with the people I work with. Nothing beats face-to-face contact, but even a brief FaceTime to laugh or catch up has helped me feel like I'm still connected, fulfilled, and sharing love with all of my people.

My general state of mind during quarantine was more important than any other practice. I stayed positive and really changed my mindset to see all of the daily challenges as an opportunity for growth.

It has been important for my overall health - both physically and mentally - to see life in quarantine with fresh, curious eyes and really come back to my gratitude practice. I have so much to be thankful for even in these chaotic and uncertain times.

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There you have it, all of Claire's amazing tips for staying healthy in quarantine. Make sure to follow her on Instagram and check out her site eve.com. for tons of yoga and meditation videos.

x, lauryn

+ the breath it will change your life.

++ how to do plan your day in quarantine.

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Sometimes it can feel like maintaining a saine lifestyle is an overwhelming challenge that doesn’t fit within the realities of daily life. It’s tough to hold down a full-time job, eat well, train for a marathon, make homemade green juice, spend quality time with your family/partner, and meditate for an hour each day.

Coffee’s great too, but it’s best to start your day by re-hydrating with a full glass of water. Hydrating first thing in the morning helps to aid absorption, enhance skin health and boost energy.

Taking the stairs instead of the elevator is a simple way to get a little more physical activity in your daily life. It also strengthens and tones your legs and core while you’re at it !

A simple hack for healthy eating ( and portion control ) is to make half your plate veggies at each meal. The veggies pack in essential vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients important for health and longevity. And, because they’re rich in fiber, they help to aid assimilation ( aka keep you regular ! ) and keep you feeling full longer.

Using a sport tracker ( like the Fitbit, Apple Watch or similar ) to track your steps is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough physical activity each day. We aim for 10, 000 steps daily, which has significant physical and esprit health benefits. The Fitbit will also remind you to get 250 steps each hour ( another important measure of health

Conventional household cleaning products are full of harmful chemical ingredients that are not good for our health ( or the health of our kids or pets ! ). Switching to healthier alternatives is a simple way to reduce your exposure to environmental toxins in your home. See our Healthy Cleaning Guide for a complete list of recommendations, and what to look for when choosing safer household cleaning products.

Similar to cleaning products, conventional skincare and personal care products are formulated with toxic ingredients we should not regularly let absorb into our body’s largest organ. Reduce the toxic burden on your body by switching to non-toxic personal care and beauty products ( see our specific recommendations on deodorant, sunscreen, and green beauty products ).

Maintaining a healthy gut has significant impacts on digestion, skin health, immunity, esprit health and more. Taking a daily probiotic with a glass of water each morning is one of the simplest things you can do to boost your gut health ( which, in turn, boosts overall health in many ways too ). Learn more about the health benefits of probiotics ( and all the ways to get them in your diet ), and site our favorite probiotic supplement here.

Aim to eat real food that’s made of whole food ingredients you would have in your own kitchen pantry, or that your grandmother would recognize. ( Yup, this rules out most packaged food, sorry ! ) This is a little different than suggesting you eat only “health foods” ( many of which are increasingly processed ! ). “Real food” includes unprocessed foods like an apple, a cucumber, soybeans or a steak, as well as foods loosely processed from one ( or few ) real-food ingredients, like butter, olive oil, yogurt, tofu, etc. In other words, aim for foods that could be reasonably made in your own kitchen and avoid foods that can only be made in a lab.

Reduce the harmful effects of sitting ( like at your desk travail ) by standing up and moving around for a minute or two every half hour.

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients for overall health, and sunlight is one of our best sources of it. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day—preferably in the afternoon, and without sunscreen ( read more about that here ). Not much sunlight in the winter where you real ? It might be worth supplementing with a vitamin D supplement and/or other food sources of this essential nutrient.

Houseplants help to cleanse your indoor air ( sadly, it probably needs it ! ), they’re pretty, and research even shows they improve mood, creativity and problem solving !

Aim to sweat in some way each day—whether that’s course, biking, dancing, hot yoga, or any other physical activity you enjoy. See our Fitness Guide for more workout ideas, as well as tips and tricks for building regular physical activity into your daily life and a downloadable fitness planner you can use to outline your own custom sport plan to stay on track.

Green smoothies as a snack or simple, on-the-go breakfast are an easy way to get your greens in each day. Check out our curated list of saine ( veggie-packed ! ) smoothie recipes for our favorite starter green smoothie recipe ideas.

“The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude. ” It’s true—mindset is everything ! Cultivate a positive mindset by recognizing negative thought patterns and countering them with positive thoughts or affirmations. Here are more mindset resources for positive thinking.

Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. But in addition to quantity, quality of sleep matters too ! Follow our tips on getting quality sleep—things like keeping your bedroom cool at night, avoiding blue light after dark, and more.

{Start each day with fulfilling activities that set the tone for how you want to feel—whether that’s inspired, relaxed, productive, or something else.

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