Oregon’s shelter in place was put into action this week. With that being said, we’ve been home since the very beginning of the pandemic (we’re going on 12 days, I think) and while our families day-to-day hasn’t changed a ton (we work and take care of Harper at home) fear and sadness creep in from time to time. It’s so hard to grasp what the world is going through right now and the best thing we can do is take it day by day. We’re all in this together and I go into every day with hope.
I’ve been talking about my Garmin Vivomove Luxe watch for months and while I’ve loved using it in the past, it’s been a lifesaver during this quarantine time. I never realized how helpful the gentle reminders to get up and move were until now. Self-care is so important and the Body Battery function (which I talked about in this post) is awesome. If you’re running on empty, you’re not doing your health or mental health any favors. You’re able to keep an eye on your body battery and use it as a cue to get more sleep, take more breaks etc. Below, I’m sharing more ways I’m staying healthy, present, and positive with Garmin in this tough time.
Sticking to our daily schedule – As mentioned above, our daily schedule hasn’t changed all that much, so this has helped me tremendously. I know this isn’t the case for many of you and I actually shared more on working from home with a toddler in my Stories (saved in my highlights). The best thing you can do to stay sane and productive during this time is to create some kind of routine for you and your family. We don’t know how long being quarantined is going to last and I promise you, setting up a foundation and schedule will save your sanity.
Staying active – I’ve worked out more during this quarantine than I have since having Harper. This might be the one upside of the pandemic. We downloaded a workout app and we’re loving it. Harper joins in and we make it a family affair. We’re staying active and getting strong, but we’re also getting a good laugh. I love that my Garmin watch tracks my health stats. Make sure you connect to the Garmin connect app to see all your progress. Having your resting heart rate, sleep, stress, respiration, pulse ox and more right on your wrist is a great way to keep tabs on your health and give you peace of mind.
Staying away from the news – We do not turn on the news in our house. We didn’t before the pandemic and we don’t now. We stay informed and up-to-date by reading the CDC online and staying connected via social media and family. We know the facts, but we also don’t let it sabotage our days. It’s easy to spiral down a deep dark hole when there’s constant fear and negative news circulating our minds. You decide how your days will go, don’t let others fears and anxiety dictate it for you. Your mind is so powerful, take control of it.
Tackling things I wasn’t able to get to – I’ve already made a list of all the things I want to get done that I haven’t been able to get to. Upload more gently worn items to my Poshmark account, organize all the cabinets, put away some of our winter decor, reorganize Harper’s toys in the living room, read the new book I just got, and cook and prep meals on Sunday. I’m sure there’s much more. The slower days have been a blessing in that sense – we can slow down and get to some of those things we wouldn’t normally make a priority.
Meditating and working on self growth – This has been at the top of my list every week. I’ve been doing self growth work since last summer (with Lacy Phillips), but I’ve incorporated some meditation into my days as well since the pandemic started. This has really helped my days go smoother. Stress relief is so important, both for sanity and keeping your immune system high. Garmin came out with new breath work activities and can be accessed from Venu or vívoactive 4 and walk users through mindful and calming breathing exercises.
Staying present – I cannot stress this enough. This kind of goes back to turning off the news, so you can be present with your family. Try not to stress about the things you cannot control. If anything, this uncertain time reminds us all to live in the moment with the ones we love. Be with your kids – watch and observe the little people they’re becoming. Harper is a joy every single day and we are blessed to spend every waking day with her. Are there challenges, yes, but watching her grow, learn, laugh, and smile has been my greatest joy.
Staying connected – I’ve Facetimed more than I ever have in the last 2 weeks. It’s so nice to catch up with friends and family, especially during a time like this. I also love seeing all the ways people are staying connected for work and really bringing the creativity in social media. While we’re physically distancing, I encourage you to stay social. Speaking of staying connected, the Garmin Connect app makes it easy to start friendly competitions and step challenges to keep you and your workout buddies connected from afar.
In this time of stress, it’s nice to have something like the Garmin watch to help you through this time. I know I’ve leaned on it quite a bit with all it’s amazing features. Be sure to check out my previous posts here and here where I’m talking more about my experience with my Vivomove Luxe watch.
I’m super pumped to share, Garmin is offering 20% off Vivomove watches until March 29th. Use code CRYSTALINMARIE20
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