Ways For A Healthier Lifestyle During Pandemic

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Dear Joel,

  While working from home and staying in (apart from essential errands) as instructed during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have developed a new and healthy routine. Now that I have more free time, I use it to prepare healthy meals, try new recipes and educate myself on healthier food choices. I take time every day to exercise; walking, stretching, gardening and just moving more. I am more engaged in each activity which has led to increased efficiency, especially regarding work. I am learning to enjoy a simpler life, grateful for things I once took for granted. My concern is that once we resume life as it was (with modifications), I will revert to old ways. Ways that left me stressed and exhausted at week’s end. Do you have any suggestions on how I can maintain my new mindset and routine?


  Congratulations to you for using this time to improve the quality of your life; it has been challenging in so many ways for so many of us. As life returns to more of what we have been used to, free time will once again be at a premium. You may have to pick and choose which activities are feasible daily. Rather than eliminating your daily exercise, you may have to shorten the duration. Many people choose to prep their meals in advance on days when they are not working, etc. If you are happier with living a simpler life, continue to do so. How you participate in the ‘reopening’ of our world is your choice. One thing is certain, maintaining your ‘attitude of gratitude’ will keep you focused on what is important.

  Thank you for writing.

Joel Markel

Write to joel@preferredcares.com. His radio show, “Preferred Company” airs Monday through Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. on preferredradio.com and 1160 & 1310 WOBM-AM.

If you or anyone else is in need of home health care, call Preferred at 732-840-5566. “Home health care with feeling.