If you’re spending more time at home lately, you might have discovered how easy it is to slip into bad habits or suffer from a gloomy mood. Take care of both your physical and mental health by following these tips, and remember that we’re still available to help with any aches, pains, or other related concerns.

Stretch. Set aside some time to stretch every day. Ideally you should stretch in the morning, and then at regular intervals throughout the day. This is especially important if you’re working from home and spending time on the computer. Set an alarm to remind you, if you tend to forget.

Exercise. Whether you go for a walk or simply hop on a stationary bike in the living room, make sure that you continue to exercise regularly. If you feel like trying something new, check YouTube and other streaming sites for yoga and Pilates classes that you can enjoy from home.

Use proper posture. Resist the urge to slouch on the couch with your laptop, and set up a proper work space instead. Remember that your monitor should be placed directly in front of your gaze, so that you don’t need to look up or down. Keep your feet planted on the floor, and support your lower back if needed.

Destress. Your mental health is just as important as the physical. Even if you’re just hanging out at home, the stress of current events can get to anyone. Prioritize your mental health by engaging in activities you find relaxing, meditating, practicing yoga, or trying online teletherapy sessions.

Stick to a regular routine. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day, just like you normally. Pay attention to quality sleep, not just quantity, and remember that sleeping on your back is best. If you do sleep on your side, prop yourself with pillows to keep your spine aligned.

Continue eating healthy meals, and maintain some sort of daily routine. One day life will go back to normal, so staying on a regular schedule now can help to prevent stress when that day finally arrives.

We’re still in the office, keeping our space disinfected and encouraging distancing guidelines to keep you healthy. Give us a call about scheduling your regular preventive care, or to discuss any new concerns that have developed.