Read ahead for CFSP’s Healthy Tip: 5 Ways to Create a Self-Care Sanctuary in Your Home April 2, 2020 – By Mekaila Oaks

Posted on 04-03-2020 by KJ in CFM

With each week that goes by, things are drastically changing as we try to flatten the curve of the coronavirus. Most people are working from home, businesses are creating new ways to provide for their customers, and most states are issuing stay-at-home orders. So whether you’re living in Dallas or you’re living in Miami, you’ll likely be spending most of your time at home for the next few weeks, if not longer. 

As you’re hunkered down in your home, practicing self-care is a great way to manage stress and avoid cabin fever during these uncertain times. Whatever your go-to form of self-care is, you can create a self-care sanctuary within your home that helps you reduce anxiety, foster creativity, or build connections. Whether that’s creating a nook for at-home workouts or setting aside time to learn some new cooking skills in your kitchen, having an escape at home can help you adjust to a new normal. Check out these tips to help you create and make the most out of your self-care sanctuary. 

1. Create a dedicated workout space

Stay motivated and keep your exercise routine going

Exercising is a great way to relieve stress and a common form of self-care for many. Having a dedicated self-care sanctuary in your home for physical activity can make it easier and more motivating to get your body moving. Luckily, you can still order most, if not all, of the equipment you’ll need to make your home gym your own self-care sanctuary.

Pro tips to keep in mind when working out at home:  
It’s important to maintain your fitness and stay healthy during this time, which is why you need to create structure and balance. Gym time is still gym time – adapt to the change in your environment, but not your routine. – Ashley Mutch, Mutch Fitness 

Even though we aren’t getting up and going to work, I still set my alarm for 5 a.m. and exercise before the day starts. – Jennifer Stawarz, A Healthy Hot Mess

Light to moderate exercise at least three times a week helps boost your immune system. Try a great home workout called “Tabata This” — pick 3 body movements (such as sit-ups, push-ups, and air squats) and do 20 seconds of work with 10 seconds of rest, 8 times per movement. Kathy Loewenberg, Crossfit Science Park

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