COVID-19 is here and we are self-isolating in droves as directed by government guidelines. This means working from home and all the good, bad and the ugly that goes with the territory. People are totally embracing the no commute, work in pyjamas and snack all day lifestyle. Some love it, some hate it, and some don't know what to think!
On the flip side easy distractions of TV or family can be disruptive but hey, we're just getting started. Cut yourself a little slack and ease off the self-imposed pressure – there are ways to make the hermit life a little less daunting. Here are a few tips to ease yourself into self-isolation and still be productive:
- Wake up as early as you would for your regular working day. A little yoga or stretching should do wonders at this point. Take it to the next level by using the hundreds of apps and YouTube channels offering some kick-ass home-exercise routines at the moment. Use them! They're mostly free. Then get dressed – this is key to ensure the right mentality.
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Ok, so you can't exactly grab and go any more. But there is the luxury of your own kitchen. Treat yourself to a banging fruit, nuts and yoghurt breakfast. We are being asked to increase our daily intake of fruit to strengthen the ol' immune system. So, knock yourself out. Remember that you can take your time break-feasting instead of wolfing it down at a desk.
- Raise your snacking game. This is where you'll really come in to your own. Chips, bagels, and candy are ok but give you very little nutrition – the goal should be tasty, healthy snacking. Instead, dip in to that self-isolation snack pack and tear open your favourite M-EAT! biltong flavour party. Why biltong? Biltong is a high protein snack that is low in calories and highly satiating. You know that it's brain food, right? Each bag is bursting with vitamin B-12 which is important for your brain function and nervous system. It's time to impress the boss with your focus. Not only that, biltong is also a very healthy snack for kids - keep them full and happy!
- Add structure. Once you've covered your breakfast and snacking needs remember to set out your goals and tasks clearly to add structure to your day. And don't forget to stay in touch with your team. Self-isolation doesn't mean we can't remain connected. Virtual meeting is the new black.
- Screen time boundaries. Set social media boundaries because constantly being connected to your social media reading all the unfiltered news can affect your wellbeing. For this reason, the most important step in your self-care routine is setting some well-established boundaries with social media. Use the option of setting time limits on your phone on certain apps like Instagram and Facebook. so that you’re only able to access them during specific hours of the day, or for a certain amount of time per day
- Eat repairing protein. Concerned that all this sitting around at home snacking might turn you into a couch potato? Fear not. M-EAT! biltong packs more than 50% protein which means you're going to be fuller for much longer. And we don't stop there. It's low in carbs, fat and sugar. Can we add that it's also gluten-free, paleo and keto-friendly. Hello!
Working from home can seem painful with family and work commitments all colliding into each other in one confined space. Add in a pandemic and things get downright crazy! However, staying healthy both mentally and physically will only help. Stay focussed, stay healthy, get stuff done.
At M-EAT! we have 6 different flavours of the healthiest, tastiest biltong around. Subscribe, change your flavours any time and upgrade your snacking game. Bingo!