Note: This post was originally published in March 2020 and was updated in November 2020. It is not intended to provide medical advice. For up to date information on Covid-19, and what you can do to slow its spread, please visit cdc.gov.
Like many of you, the LifeBalance staff is currently practicing social distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus here in the United States. This is an unprecedented time for us, presenting unexpected challenges and heightened emotions while we all try to adjust in this time of crisis. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, scared, or just have cabin fever, here are some things you can do to support yourself – all of which are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
We can’t always control what’s happening in the world around us, but we can change how we react to it. Take 5-10 minutes just to be still, focus on your breath, and let go of thoughts as they pass through your mind. Try it alone, or with others. There are several apps that can help guide you through a meditation session. Our team are big fans of Calm, which offers a 7-day free trial and special savings to LifeBalance members. Calm even put together a number of meditations which you can access for free right now. We also love Headspace, which is offering a free collection of meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to everyone during this crisis.
Regular exercise is a great way to relieve stress, and is important for maintaining good health. While many health clubs have announced temporary closures, you can continue making exercise a part of your day with at-home workouts. This can also be an opportunity to try out new workouts if you’ve been getting tired of your routine. Members of 24 Hour Fitness, LA Fitness, and Anytime Fitness can access at-home workouts for free on their respective mobile apps at this time. Through LifeBalance, our members can access special savings on LesMills, Bulldog Yoga, and YogaDownload subscriptions, or save big on online personal training with iBodyFit.
Grocery stores aren’t the most comfortable places to be right now. Keep your distance from the crowds while still eating healthy with grocery delivery and community-supported agriculture services. Farm Fresh To You, Full Circle Farms, and Imperfect Foods all offer savings to LifeBalance members. Take this as an opportunity to experiment in the kitchen with new ingredients these services may offer, or try a recipe that you’ve never cooked before.
If you’re working extra hours right now, or just don’t enjoy cooking, try out a health-conscious meal delivery service. LifeBalance members can save on subscriptions with HelloFresh, Trifecta Nutrition, Kettle & Bone, Splendid Spoon, and Diet Direct. We also have discounts with a number of more local services – check out our Eating Well category to see all currently-available offers.
It’s also important to note that many of your local restaurants may still be offering food for take-out and/or delivery. Support the small businesses in your community by continuing to order from them and tipping the same as you would for dining-in. If you’ve never tried Postmates for delivery before, their new offer for LifeBalance members can help you save big on delivery fees!
If you have questions about an offer, need some social interaction, or are looking for ideas on how to make your life balance during these challenging times, shoot us an email! We’d love to hear from you, and we’re always happy to help. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.