March 17, 2020
Self-Care While Social Distancing
Things are scary right now. We feel it too. There is no denying that COVID-19 has brought about many unknowns and stressors. All of us at Thunderbird are sending lots of light, love, and positivity to all of our TBird flock during this challenging time. While social distancing is the best thing we can do for the community, it can also feel isolating. With so much uncertainty, self-care is more important than ever. We’ve brainstormed ways to focus on yourself and find peace during social distancing.
Staying informed is important, but overloading yourself with negative news can cause an unnecessary amount of stress, weakening your immune system. You are always in control of the content you consume, so we recommend implementing a healthy schedule to balance the time when you tune-in and tune-out. By turning off notifications from news apps in your phone, you get to decide when you want to log on and get up to date. Set a timer for 30 minutes in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening to keep your tune-in time structured without overwhelming.
A great way to combat cabin fever while social distancing is to stay active and get 30-60 minutes of movement each day. Not only will exercise help to keep your jitters at bay, but it can also help boost your immune system. You don’t need a gym to get moving! There are several trainers, gyms, and fitness gurus sharing free at-home workouts online. Our friend Sydney Torabi will be live-streaming (and saving the videos to her highlights!) on Instagram everyday this week at 6:30 AM on her page @spinsyddy. No equipment needed!
Nourishing your body with real, wholesome foods is one of our favorite ways to practice self-care. By eating a wide variety of natural foods, you can boost your immune system while getting creative in the kitchen. This time can be a great opportunity to make that pantry-friendly recipe you’ve been craving but haven’t had the time! As you stock up your kitchen, don’t forget our bars are full of nutrient-dense ingredients and are shelf stable for one year. We know the grocery stores are crazy right now, so we will continue fulfilling online orders until it is no longer safe for our shipping team.
Social distancing forces us to spend time with ourselves. And trust us, yourself is a lot of fun. Use this break from your peers to take a step back, look inward, and hear your own voice. Journal, write, create...express yourself the way you do. If you are struggling with anxiety or are feeling unsafe, please reach out to a friend or another support system. Even though you may be social distancing, you are truly never alone. We are all in this together, and we will come out of this stronger than ever.