Coping with Disruption

Handling stressors and anxiety during COVID-19 quarantine.

How’s everyone doing out there? I’m sure watching the news and scanning social media posts isn’t making it any “easier” to deal with being quarantined. COVID-19 is creating anxiety almost everywhere you look. I’ve noticed that amidst all of the reports that we are being fed (whether traditional or social media) levels of anxiety and panic are at a high.

Stress and anxiety can have an overwhelming effect on the body. It can cause panic attacks, headaches, irritability, depression, increased blood pressure, upset stomach, loss of libido, muscle aches and other pains. How can we cope? Imagine what your life would be like if you could reduce your anxiety… Imagine cultivating an environment where “calm” is the norm while being mindful of the events happening around you. It can be done. This week on PB Eatz’s Medicinal Monday post, we will talk about coping with uncertainty during a time of high stress and anxiety.

**Disclaimer: No one here at Plant-Based Eatz is denying nor avoiding the issues. We understand that they are very real and should be taken seriously.**

COVID-19: The reality is unavoidable

People are losing their s***. Folks are irritable, schools and businesses are closed until further notice, grocery stores are limiting the number of customers shopping, many people are in complete isolation, and no one has a clue about what will happen next. Yeah, it’s some scary stuff. Not only is health a concern for the physical body, but the health of our economy.

Now, it is TOTALLY understandable to experience heightened anxiety during a time uncertainty. Depending on where you are geographically, it can be complete chaos for you. As I mentioned last week, you could use this opportunity to improve your physical health (eating well, getting sunlight, washing your hands, practicing social distancing), but you can also use this time as a chance to improve your mental health and anxiety.

Let’s Calm Down Together

Acceptance: We can only control what is in our control

This is a complete state of mind. The sooner we accept what we can and cannot control, we will see the anxiety dissipate. Has worrying ever changed anything? Accepting change (and how you deal with it) can improve your mental health.

Being Mindful: Choosing our focus and actions

Actively choose what you do and what you pay attention to. Instead of sitting in front of your television or staring at your mobile device all day, be active at home. Try meditation. Maybe some yoga. Doing more positive activities with loved ones or actively engaging in a new found hobby while focusing on the POSITIVE aspects, can help minimize worries about the unknown (the what-ifs/worst case scenarios). Be mindful even when you decide to make that run to the grocery store. The long lines and paranoia can cause high levels of stress… Don’t worry. Take a moment and breath deeply and be mindful that we are ALL in this together. It will take time.

Maintain a Well-Balanced Diet: Healthy Inside. Healthy Outside.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Move more. Don’t stay sedentary getting your anxiety levels up. Stressing can do a number on your immune system. We want you healthy. That means your physical and mental health.

The truth is that we only have this moment to live in… Just this moment! We don’t know what will happen next or what lies ahead for the “coronavirus,” however, it is how we handle ourselves in this “unprecedented” time that will surely make or break us. I believe in you… I believe in us as a people on this planet. Keep believing and take time each day to enjoy it. WOOSAH!

I love each and every one of you. We here at Plant-Based Eatz want all of you to live your best life and stay healthy. -Kay

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Staying Strong: 5 Tips to Build Your Immunity

We are in a very interesting time where we are more connected than ever as a people — we are all going through this pandemic together.

I want all of you to stay safe and (most importantly) healthy. The time to take care of yourself is more important than ever. For those that are not doing so well right now, I hope that there are systems and support in place to help you heal and recover. We will all get through this together.

Disclaimer: I do not have the cure all be all. You cannot change your immune system overnight. Healthy habits are just that…habits! You have to take time to build and practice strengthening/maintaining your immune system on a regular basis. The tips here are a suggestion from an educational standpoint.

Here are the 5 tips to build your immunity:

Consume a whole food, plant-based diet.

Many feel that eating a more plant-based diet is trendy, but in reality, these foods are the healthiest we can consume. Do you like fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, and whole grains? Then you’re on the right track. They are the building blocks for a STRONG immune system. Here’s a pro tip: Eat your dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens like kale, collards, spinach Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, mustard greens, turnip greens (Oh my Goodness 🤤). All of these greens (there are so many more) are nutrient dense and have an abundance of health benefits. Make sure you’re also drinking 6-8 cups of water every single day (for all of you gallon drinkers, way to go)!

Get Moving.

I understand that we have been told to “stay inside,” but that doesn’t mean you can exercise/be active at home. Now is the time to be super creative. There are many apps and videos online that will help you stay (or get) on track with your fitness journey. Some of our favorites are yoga, dancing, body-weight exercises, and strength training (if you have weights or canned goods then you can do some strengthening exercises…stay tuned for another post on in-home workouts).

Sunshine = Vitamin D.

Social distancing is a must just as much as washing your hands; however, try to make it a point of going outside for at least 15/20 minutes a day. You can step out on your porch, balcony, rooftop, out in your yard to do some grounding! Fresh air and the warm sunlight on your face (arms, hands, legs) can work wonders on your immune system. You can also download the D Minder app to find ideal times to bask in the sunlight.

Laugh a little… or a lot.

One thing we always make sure we do in our home is laugh… I mean we laugh A LOT! Laughter and a positive mindset has a powerful effect on your immune system (just as negative thoughts and stress have on breaking down your immune system). Don’t worry…Be happy! Engage in activities or hobbies that you enjoy (let’s face it, now is the time to maybe pick up that book you’ve been wanting to read or take on a new hobby). Live and laugh with loved ones. Your immune system will thank you.

Find some quiet time…Try meditation.

We have literally gone from zero to one hundred in a matter of weeks when it comes to stress, anxiety, and flat out worry. This much emotional/physical “trauma” takes a major toll on your immune system and its defenses. Now is the best time to make a conscious decision to just…Breathe and relax. You can start by doing guided meditations for at least 10 minutes a day. Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer are great apps I have used and recommend ( I rotate through these regularly). Be sure to also get enough sleep… A well-rested body helps keep the immune system healthy.

If you’re already doing some of these tips, you are on top of it. Way to go and keep doing what you are doing. You’re facing this pandemic with an already strong immune system. For those that are just seeing this for the first time, it’s ok, now is the BEST time to start some of these practices to promote long-term health. Remember, this is a first for many of us. We are all taken aback and have had to make some heavy changes, but we are all in this together.

I love each and every one of you. We here at Plant-Based Eatz want all of you to live your best life and stay healthy. -Kay🥰