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How to Stay Sane during Quarantine in 4 Simple Steps



We are home. We are home with our kids. Now what?

Local mom, Ilana Charette, keeps balanced by taking time to de-stress and relax.


Here are 4 simple steps to keep yourself sane and on track with living your best life.

Please note that living your best life during quarantine looks a lot different than it did when the yoga studio and nail salons were open. This is the work of allowing. To surrender. Allow your life to be what it is just for this moment, as long as this moment may be, knowing full well that this is NOT forever…

 

1.   Redefine what it means to be successful.

Make the wins small and clear. And then celebrate the heck out of them. We are each (children, too) pushed to our own limits, missing our individual lives and perhaps even some solitude. Be gentle with yourself, your husband, your kids as you are all adjusting and will continue to adjust.

 

2.   Limit your daily dose of watching/reading news.

Trust that you’ll find out the big things you need to know in the (my recommendation of) ten minutes per day. This is really just being careful with what you are allowing yourself to be exposed to and thus think about. If you’ve been feeling anxious during these weeks, too much News may be part of the cause.

 

3.   Breathe.

Seriously, just breathe. Inhale. Exhale. Loosen your shoulders, lengthen your neck, and release your jaw. Stretch. Go for a walk. Drink some water. These are basics that will bring us back to the present moment. It is in your control how you respond to what is going on. Relax. Keep following the guide lines –face masks, clean hands, and social distancing which brings me to the last step…

 

4.   Make sure to call your friends and loved ones.

The ones you actually like. Texting is good. Phone calls are better. Or even FaceTime. Check in on your friends who have always seemed to have it just a wee bit harder than you have. These times are tough.

 

And remember, most importantly, you've got this. You really, really do.

Ilana Charette is the lap band weight loss surgery coach. She coaches moms who struggle with regain after bariatric surgery. She teaches women how to trust themselves -- and their bodies again. Find out more about her and follow along as she loses 160 lbs in public: WhatTheWeightLoss.com and on Instagram. 


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