Ways To Improve Your Health While At Home
By Brett Gottlieb
This season has been difficult for many, but let’s not forget that there are ways we can make the best out of any situation if we choose to do so. Maintaining and improving your health is a prime example. The category that likely comes to mind immediately when you hear the word “health” is physical, but I also wanted to touch on emotional/mental health as well, since the two relate now more than ever.
Whatever your situation is right now, you do have control over this area of your life, so let’s make the most of it!
Connect And Engage
Let’s start with the relational part of staying healthy while at home. People all over the globe are social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you need to be relationally distancing.
In a study of 7,000 men and women done in Alameda County, California, results showed that “those with close social ties and unhealthful lifestyles (such as smoking, obesity, and lack of exercise) actually lived longer than those with poor social ties but more healthful living habits.” (1)
I think we can all agree this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prioritize living physically healthy lifestyles; however, it does reveal the extreme importance of staying connected with people and being socially engaged. Here are a few ways you can do this:
- Actively engage with people through virtual options like Zoom, Google Hangouts, or FaceTime weekly (minimum).
- Spend intentional time with your partner, children, or whoever lives in the same space as you, without any screens. Examples could be cooking together, planting a garden, painting, putting together a puzzle, playing card games or board games, or reading a book out loud.
- Learn something new. Not only does this mentally engage different parts of your brain, but it creates opportunities for new memories, experiences, and conversations to be made.
Stay (Or Start Being) Active
For some of us, this may be more about figuring out how to change our workout routine with less space or no gym. For others, this is the time to start creating the habit of being active consistently. One of the greatest benefits of physical exercise is that it releases serotonin and endorphins in your brain. When these chemicals are released, they help decrease stress and anxiety, improve your mood, and reduce the risk of depression and cognitive decline. (2)
Here are a few simple points to get you started or serve as a reminder if you already have a workout routine in place:
- Ease into it. Don’t beat yourself up and go too intense from the start. You want to make progress, not be so sore the next day that you can’t move!
- Set daily and weekly SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-sensitive. (3)
- Implement exercises that you can do anywhere, like squats, burpees, push-ups, sit-ups, planks, and lunges.
How Can We Help?
Even though we as financial advisors focus on your financial health, we also care about your overall health. What are the ways you are taking advantage of this time to improve your health?
We at Comprehensive Advisor want to understand what is important to you so we know how to serve you best. If we haven’t met, we offer a complimentary consultation so you can see if we are a good fit for you. Email us at info@ComprehensiveAdvisor.com or call (760) 813-2125 to schedule that conversation. And feel free to use our various Financial Tools to get a better sense of your financial standing.
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Brett Gottlieb is the founder of Comprehensive Advisor and a financial advisor with nearly two decades of industry experience. He graduated from California State University-Chico with two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Economics. Brett is Life Insurance licensed in several states. He is passionate about guiding his clients on retirement income planning, helping each client pursue their specific retirement goals and defending the assets his clients have worked so hard to achieve. Brett is a California native and currently resides in San Elijo Hills with his beautiful wife and three children.
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