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Thyme for Change

Philosopher Alan Watts once wrote, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” Summer 2020 has been marked with change—cancellations, postponements, and endless adjustments. For many of us, it has also provided a chance to slow down and reflect on old routines, once-typical activities and opportunities for improvement. The new “dance” we’re doing involves people from all over the world, coming together to embrace change and find our new normal.

Abrupt and frequent changes can certainly be cause for anxiety. Between juggling the new realities of safety recommendations and altered schedules, it can be easy to let normal routines slip aside. Healthy meals, moving our bodies, maintaining relationships, and taking care of ourselves and our families are still as important as ever—even if it means adapting to change and taking on new challenges. Fresh Thyme is here to help.

 

First: Self-Care

Setting aside time to focus on your health, wellbeing, and personal goals is important to staying grounded. Rejuvenating your personal care regimen and creating new routines can help you feel fresh, energized, and ready to take on whatever comes your way.

Commit to a regular at-home spa treatment, luxurious bath, or an afternoon cup of tea—or all three! You can also single out a secluded spot to read a new book, take a relaxing walk, practice yoga or meditation, call a friend to catch up, or take time to journal.

However you decide to engage in self-care, Fresh Thyme can help. Try a new look with plant-based hair color products, go all-out on an at-home manicure with natural nail care, or wind down after a long day with a variety of stress relief products, from calming botanical teas to soothing face masks.

 

Second: Physical Health

During recent weeks and months, some folks charged full steam ahead into exercise programs; some took a total break from physical activity, feeling less than motivated. Some filled time baking goodies to eat and share; others started a new diet. Whichever range describes your recent routine, setting or renewing your fitness and health goals now will reap long-term benefits—and you’ll just plain feel good.

Eat for good health

Even minor adjustments to your diet can pay big dividends in how you feel. Rather than revamping your whole menu, gradually tweak what and when you eat. Eating healthfully should be a lifestyle choice that you stick with because it feels good and works for you. Try these tips for choosing better-for-you foods:

  • Choose a variety of whole plant foods, those rich in valuable nutrients and fiber—colorful vegetables, seasonal fruits, hearty legumes, and healthful nuts and seeds.
  • Drink plain or flavored water, nourishing tea, and natural juices—skip sugary drinks.
  • Top a heart-healthy pizza crust with natural or vegan cheeses and assorted fresh veggies.
  • Opt for lightly salted, baked vegetable chips rather than salty, calorie-laden chips. You can also munch crunchy strips of freshly cut veggies for filling, low-cal snacks.
  • Reserve sweets for special occasions, then savor every bite. For at-home desserts, top a mound of Greek yogurt with fresh, seasonal berries.
  • Opt for plain black coffee or a splash of milk or cream to replace high-calorie coffee concoctions.

Move your body

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend adults strive for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week, and children strive for 60 minutes of activity each day.  Walking is a great way for the whole family to take steps toward reaching their fitness goals. Regular walking improves lung capacity, strengthens bones and connective tissue, and contributes to overall good health, mood, and sleep. In your neighborhood or on trails, bring a mask to wear when maintaining six feet of distance isn’t possible. Fresh Thyme helps make reaching your fitness goals easy with electrolyte tablets to add to water, energy bars for a boost, vitamin supplements for muscle recovery, and more.

Sleep well

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends 7 hours of sleep each night for adults, 8 to 10 hours for teens, and up to 14 hours for young children. The quality of slumber can be enhanced by adhering to a nighttime routine. Turning off phones, TV, and computer screens up to an hour before bedtime encourages natural sleep. Keeping the bedroom cool and dark also promotes rest. When you’re struggling to sleep, these helpful products can come to the rescue:

  • A satin eye pillow scented with lavender invites restfulness, cushions the eyes, and blocks light.
  • Essential oils used in aromatherapy, particularly rose and lavender scents, are shown to improve sleep quality.
  • A bedtime tea, such as chamomile or lemon balm, calms mind and body for sleep.
  • Supplements can enhance sleep by slowing brain activity or boosting sleep-promoting hormones. Fresh Thyme carries magnesium, melatonin, theanine, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan), and more (talk to staff at your local store to discuss the merits of each).

Boost immunity

Counter risks of illness by eating a healthful diet, exercising regularly, and strengthening your immune system through a variety of practical, proven practices:

  • Meditate, practice yoga poses, and alleviate stress through mindful activities. A licensed therapist, visited virtually or in person, may provide strategies to address stress.
  • Take a probiotic to bolster or restore healthy gut bacteria that work to ward off harmful organisms.
  • Test supplements such as vitamins C and D, zinc, and herbal aids like echinacea, elderberry, and garlic, committing to the supplements for a few months to determine effectiveness. Note: National Institutes of Health labs do not support evidence that any supplement can prevent or treat COVID-19.

 

Third: Safely Reconnect

As you organize schedules and cautiously return to activities, keep a daily diary of who you’ve seen and been with, where you’ve been, and the dates. Pay close attention and keep note of when and if any member of your immediate begins to feel ill. Other considerations:

  • Ease into social commitments, drop any that feel unnecessary, pose danger, or contribute to stress.
  • Check for fevers and remain home and isolated if temperature registers 100°F or above.
  • Teach kids to sneeze or cough into a tissue or their elbow and to wash their hands thoroughly and often. Sing the ABCs or any jaunty tune that keeps kids sudsing for at least 20 seconds. Away from home, pack easy-to-grab antiseptic wipes.
  • Follow employer’s workplace guidelines, doubling with your own safety measures. Wash hands frequently (after every cough or sneeze, bathroom trip, touching shared surfaces and before touching food); avoid touching your face; and use hand sanitizer when hand-washing isn’t possible.

When talking to children about returning to school, be honest and upfront with them. Provide age-appropriate information, answer questions thoughtfully and avoid overwhelming them with too many details. The CDC has helpful tips for talking with children.

If you’re looking forward to a date night at a favorite restaurant, take every precaution. Call to confirm whether staff checks temperatures at the door, waitstaff wear masks and gloves, tables are arranged at safe distances, and reduced occupancy is maintained. Wear masks when you enter the restaurant and until drinks or food are delivered, and feel free to use your supply of sanitizer.

As you get ready to conquer change, Fresh Thyme is here to help you feel grounded, safe, and healthy.