COVID Adaptations You Want to Make Permanent (and How to Do It)

While many people hope that the pandemic won’t remain relevant in their lives for much longer, that doesn’t mean every new habit should fall by the wayside. Many COVID adaptations can actually be beneficial long-term, allowing you to live a happier, healthier life. If you’re wondering which ones are worth keeping, here’s a look at the COVID adaptations you want to make permanent and how to make it happen.

Focusing on Health and Wellness

During the pandemic, health and wellness took center stage. People began taking extra steps to remain healthy, including focusing more on exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, and self-care.

Since long-term stress weakens the immune system, continue with practices that help you combat it. Make sure that self-care remains a priority by adding ‘me’ time to your calendar. That way, you’ll always have time set aside for activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit, making it easier to face the stresses of the day with confidence and poise.

Spending Time Outdoors

Since gathering in groups inside wasn’t an option during part of the pandemic, people gained a new appreciation for the outdoors. They reformed a connection with their environment, reaping a range of health benefits.

Plus, being outside quickly became a form of self-care. It was a chance to step away from digital devices and enjoy the present, as well as spend time with family members or friends in a safer manner.

The benefits of spending time outdoors aren’t going to go away after the pandemic ends. As a result, it’s a practice worth keeping now, tomorrow, and well into the future.

Checking in with Friends and Family

Since COVID-19 made staying separated a must, people became much more aware of the need to check in with others. Mental health and wellness became part of the larger narrative, with people calling family members and friends to discuss their mental state and current stresses, all while offering support back in return.

While calling might not be a necessity any longer, maintaining the check-in practice post-COVID is wise. It helps you maintain stronger bonds with loved ones, something that can boost your mental health. Plus, socializing can be a form of self-care, allowing you to feel connected to the important people in your life.

Reevaluating Career Goals

Many people began seeing their careers in a new light during the pandemic. Some discovered that their industry wasn’t particularly stable, while others figured out that they were suffering from burnout.

While many industries are back in full swing, that doesn’t mean people should stop reevaluating their careers regularly. After all, the average person spends 90,000 hours of their life working; it only makes sense that that time should be spent on something you enjoy.

For many people, starting their own business is going to be their best bet. When you launch a company, you are in control of your professional life, creating opportunities to focus your energies on tasks you genuinely enjoy.

If you do start a business, consider forming an LLC. Along with potentially snagging some tax benefits, LLCs are flexible options that reduce your personal liability.Usually, starting an LLC isn’t as difficult as it seems. Just make sure you check the LLC rules in your state before you begin. That way, you can follow the right process. Plus, you can use a business formation service to make it even easier, all while avoiding hefty lawyer fees.

Should I Move After Suffering A Loss?

The death of a loved one is one of the most difficult events in anyone’s life. Unfortunately, all of us will experience loss and grief at some point. But, when you are suffering the loss of someone close to you, such as a spouse, parent, or child, grief may linger for years. Sometimes, you have to make a lifestyle change to effectively hit the reset button so that you can move on. Today’s ChipChop blog touches on the serious issue of why moving makes sense after loss and how to navigate the tedious process with your emotions intact. 

Benefits Of Fresh Scenery

Moving has many benefits. Specific to when you’ve lost a close loved one, changing homes or even hometowns can give your a fresh start. You can find a new job and create a new friend circle, which will keep you away from the daily reminders of what you’ve lost. Further, as 1Movers explains, making a long-distance move can give you a psychological breakpoint that helps you reflect on your life.

There are plenty of practical reasons that moving makes sense as well. If you are living on a two-person income and now you’re down to one, buying or renting a smaller home or apartment can help you maintain your budget. This may be especially important if you must deplete your savings to pay for a burial, which TruStage Insurance explains can cost more than $9000. You may also wish to move to be closer to family and friends who can support you in your grief and subsequent recovery.

Making Your Move

It’s not necessarily a good idea to move at first unless it’s unavoidable. But, once you know that relocation is on the horizon, you can start to prepare. One of the first things you’ll need to do is decide on what to do with your current home. If you plan to sell, make sure that you have a copy of all of your important documents, including property tax, the deed, and any information pertaining to your mortgage. Redfin also suggests having easement agreements and your HOA documents handy.

Next comes the hard part: sorting your and their personal belongings. This is one of the more emotional aspects of moving. After all, you will probably feel guilty about getting rid of their stuff, but you also may not have the space for everything. Another reason to let go of certain items is that it will help you come to terms with and accept your loss. Talk with your friends and family, and bequeath important or valuable personal items as appropriate. You can also donate or have an estate sale, which can include household items, appliances, artwork, jewelry, and antiques.

Where To Go

If you have yet to decide where, exactly, you plan to relocate, now’s the time to put your finger on the map. When you’re looking for a new city, look ahead to the job market. Are there plenty of opportunities in your industry? While this won’t make a huge difference if you work from home, it’s huge if you’re a musician, work in the travel and hospitality industry, or have another job that relies on public interaction. When affordability is your number one priority, particularly if you have children, look for family-friendly communities. Chesapeake, Virginia; Seattle, Washington; and Omaha, Nebraska are among the most affordable places for families to live.

Moving is an intimidating endeavor, and it’s made even more so when you’re moving because of a loss.  But, remember, it is not that you are running away from the death of your loved one, but that you must continue to live. In doing so, you have to make decisions that work for your life now. If staying in your current home isn’t emotionally healthy or financially affordable, moving may be the best choice.

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Struggling with weight loss and balanced diet?

Losing sounds easy, but takes almost the breath when comes to the action! This is what I’m struggling with today. I’ve been chubby since the beginning and enjoy food a lot, but it started showing on my body nowadays. Every day I start from, “Yes, I’ll start it from tomorrow.” and many tomorrows passed away till now. Talk about yesterday, I was roaming the streets for an evening walk and then just a random woman hoped, “Oh Hi!! Please let me know if you want assistance in losing weight.”

I’ve researched a lot on this whether it is stress eating, or it is mindful eating, late-night eating, distracted eating, small or large portions, etc. Even though many sorts of diets like 16:8 dating, satvic diet, liquid diet, fruit diet, low-carb diet, and raw diet. But the more I studied, I found that the count number of times we will eat, we’ll hit out insulin. Insulin which will help to burn our fat if not consumed more. For this we should lower the portions and count of our diet to minimize the triggering of insulin and second, we should stop consuming sugar. Sugar is considered as half glucose and half fructose. Glucose will provide you the energy, but the fructose is not good for insulin as increases the volume of insulin in our body.

So, I’ve figured some facts about my body like, I cannot digest direct spicy or heavy meal contains carbs or fats on empty stomach. I have to start my day with warm water, followed by the fruit bowl around 12 pm. Also, I cannot have a full meal during my lunch because afterwards I feel bloated and loaded as I have a full-desked 9-6 job. When I reach home, I’m hungry bear, and then regrets after eating.

After all this failure, I decided to regulate my regime as I need to be rigid and strict because it’ll directly gonna affect my future if I kept remaining sitting. Being Indian, I decided to keep my diet and regime simple as we usually don’t have to bring groceries every day and can afford a dietician. So, this will be routine from tomorrow as follows:

First thing to start your system in the morning, Warm water to start with your choice of natural add-ons like gooseberry juice, lemon, turmeric, cinnamon, honey etc.

Afterwards 1 hour of workout, first stretching, then body-weight or weight lifting exercise, and wrapping with cardio and stretching.

Then coffee around 11 am, then fruit bowl at noon.

My lunch will be around 1 pm including large bowl of salad, Dal (lentil soup) or Sabzi with one Chapati and two eggs (or yoghurt). You can keep changing your lunch according to your preference.

Around 4.30, I’ll have one cup of green tea with some convenient snack options like lotus nuts (makhana), roasted grams (Bhuna Channa), 2 biscuits sometimes, or any fruit of your choice.

I also enjoy oatmeal consisted of little milk, honey, one spoon peanut butter, some nuts and seeds a pinch of honey. This I can count on my comfort foods after Dal Chawal.

I will prefer not to eat at night as I don’t want to trigger the insulin again, but if I will ever feel more hungry, a small bowl of soup or salad would be good.

This will be my short snippet on how I’ll gonna change my lifestyle. I’ll keep posting on my improvement results with pictures furthermore. Till then, stay tuned

Factual Horizons of Hot And Cold Shower

Bathing daily keeps you healthy, energetic and rejuvenated throughout the day and life as per the statement made in Ayurveda centuries ago. All of us take baths daily as a custom and routine part of our daily schedule. The medical significance of bathing has not been emphasized and explained anywhere other than the oldest holistic medical science of Ayurveda. Here we shall be discussing the factual horizons of bathing (benefits of cold and/or hot shower).

  • Muscle Effects
  • Skin or Health Effects
  • Immune system and Body Effects

Muscle Effects

Hot showers are really great for relieving tension. So, if your muscles are sore or tight, hot showers help in relaxing the tightness and relieve the pain and discomfort. Like if you have a very intense workout and wake up with wicked stiffness, then a hot shower is all you need. A hot shower in the morning helps in loosening up and rid of your stubborn knots. Also, this therapy helps in reducing joint inflammation aiding better mobility. So, if you’re experiencing any form of stiffness, pain, or discomfort, a hot shower is the only thing you may need.

Cold shower, specifically helps in speeding up muscle recovery. Taking a cold shower right after the workout is actually a great idea. It’s been proven that it enhances muscle repair and recovery, reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. A cold shower actually acts as an ice pack that reduces muscular swelling or inflammation. When we work out and break down the muscle fibers, which cause swelling, then only a cold shower helps in reducing this. Which speeds up the repairing of new muscle fiber for overall quicker recovery.

When and how one should take hot and cold shower?

So, if we’re referring to the showers and the relationship towards working out, the benefits on the muscles, in general, would be the thickness of the shower (Hot shower) like a pre-workout and cold shower like post-workout. By looking for the muscular benefits of both hot and cold showers, you can alternate between very hot and very cold showers, especially if you’re not used to very cold showers. You may have to build up a little tolerance towards them by cycling between hot and cold. So, trying a technique of 2minutes hot and one minute cold shower and repeat.

Hot showers open the blood vessels, then switching to cold, increases the circulation of blood rushing towards the organs. This method will also help in removing the same amount of lactic acid build-up from an exercise. It is important to end up with a cold shower if you follow this technique.

Skin and Health Effects

A cold shower helps in hydrating our skin, especially when you’re experiencing dryness of the skin. A cold shower is a great fix, more is the hydrated skin, the healthier it will be. Also, it may help in closing the skin pores and protect against dirt, unnatural body oils, germs, and rashes, etc. The combination of hydration and pores getting closed is a good way to prevent blackheads as well other forms of acne. This process is extremely beneficial for hair health as well. It keeps your hair stronger, shinier, and overall healthy by preventing the loss of natural oils, helping with split ends and hair loss. Overall, a cold shower, significantly protects our skin cells.

Whereas, Hot shower helps in cleaning the skin like an Exfoliator. The steam comes from a hot shower, does exactly the opposite from the cold shower. This opens up the pores and rejuvenates the skin. And also helps you to get rid of dead skin, dirt, and unnatural oil which aids in eliminating pimples and acne. On the contrary, a hot shower can also lead to dry skin cause damages to the skin and scalp. So, if you’re someone who likes to take a long hot shower to relax, then you’re actually really hurting your skin and hair health.

Immune System And Body Effects

Hot showers are well known for decongestion effects. The steam from hot water relaxes and opens up the nasal passageways, allowing the sinuses to drain and unclog. It is the best way to eliminate the sinus pressure, congestion, and coughing, which relieves the cold symptoms. Also, the steam that comes from a hot shower opens pores for better airflow who significantly suffers from asthma or any other breathing problems. And, if you’re suffering from a migraine, then a hot shower helps open up the blood vessels and flushes the blood, which deviates the headache. Point specific to women, hot showers is actually great for menstrual cramps and overall pain.

In the contrary, Cold shower helps strengthen the immune system, which results in lymphatic moving. This results riding the body of the large amount of waste preventing infections. It also helps in increasing the testosterone sperm cell count and clean the blood arteries and reduces blood pressure. Cold shower increases the white blood cells fighting against diseases and improves heart health promoting more efficient blood circulation. And if you’re suffering from fever, a cold shower will help bring your body temperature down.

Must-haves breakfast items for working adults

Despite every individual’s saying, having breakfast depends on the individual’s perception. Some do not find time to have breakfast, some prefer their breakfast as heavy as possible, some prefer moderated meals throughout the day. According to science, our bodies get activated with the sunrise and have a higher intensity to digest the food independently. But with the sunrise, anything our body consumes, only it’s our task to digest the food before going to bed. As we studied further, one should consume only healthy food empty stomach.

So, we have prepared a list of breakfast items that working adults should store in their pantry.

Eggs

If you’re in a rush, just break two eggs in the pan, sprinkle a pinch of salt, and Tadda, your omelette breakfast is ready to nourish your tummy. Besides, it’s packed with lean protein, so can be a good breakfast option you should always have.

Peanut or Almond Butter

Nut butters are rich in good fats and other nutrients that proved important for your body. If you’re having an occupied life, just toast 2 slices of brown bread, spread the almond butter or peanut butter on one side, and spread honey on another. And your healthy breakfast is ready with fiber, healthy fats, and protein, as also comforting.

Oats

Overnight oats can be proven as your time and taste savior. Simply, soak half a cup of oats with a one-fourth cup of milk, added with some dried nuts, peanut butter, and one tablespoon of honey. Put the bowl into the refrigerator, and your sweet, delicious oatmeal is ready to serve with zero effort in the morning. Just grab it, have it and rock your morning.

Muesli, Granola, or some other breakfast flakes

You can follow the same process with granola or muesli. And if somehow you forget to do it, just put the half cup of this cereal into the bowl with a one-fourth cup of milk. There’s no need to add honey, but one can add a little according to the taste. And your breakfast is ready within a couple of seconds.

Milk

It’s packed with important nutrients like calcium, B vitamins, potassium, and vitamin D, plus an excellent source of protein. If you’re running out of time, just have a glass of milk. One glass of cow milk is adequately equal to one wholesome meal.

Fruits

People are adopting a vegan or Ayurvedic lifestyle more these days as per the Indian Ayurvedic directions. A bowl full of seasonal fruits with coconut water and some Chia seeds sprinkled on it can be your all-natural cereal gifted by mother nature.

Dried Nuts

A handful of soaked dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, cashew, raisins, dates, peanuts, etc., contains every nutrient which is required for a person and in his meal. You can also pair them with roasted sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.