Over the last several years, I developed some healthy habits that I believe are crucial to my everyday well-being. With a busy schedule and constant due dates, I sometimes questioned the importance of these habits and their impact on my health. Then, in an instant, COVID-19 (coronavirus) made the world come to an abrupt halt.
A few days into working from home, I realized that “stay home, stay safe” does not mean quit my daily routine. Rather, this time in quarantine has allowed me to embrace my healthy habits as much as I can and recognize how important they are to my sanity. These healthy habits have helped me cope with the chaos and uncertainty that COVID-19 has created.
Here is a breakdown of a day in the life of a quarantined dietetic student:
Wake and Breakfast
I start each day of quarantine by waking up around 8-9 a.m., or whenever my body wakes me up. I like to drink a big glass of water as the body gets dehydrated during sleep. Then, I make a delicious oatmeal breakfast consisting of oats, banana, cinnamon, nuts, raisins and peanut butter. My oatmeal is definitely my favorite thing about my mornings. I also drink coffee while eating and studying for my next upcoming exam.
The next thing I like to accomplish is getting my workout out of the way. Getting it done early in the morning helps me feel more productive for the rest of the day and helps me focus on any homework. I try to exercise every day through a walk/run, weight lifting, or yoga. Lately, I enjoy walking on an inclined treadmill for 30 minutes while listening to a recorded lecture. Studying while exercising is a win-win.
Drink, drink, drink!
A habit of mine is always having my water bottle with me. I try to drink 8 glasses of water a day because it helps me feel more alert and awake.
In order to maximize my productivity in the day, I use a planner to keep track of the tasks, homework, activities and other things in my busy life that I need to accomplish either that day or that week. I have used a planner for 5 years now and without it, I would have undoubtedly fallen apart. Just 15 minutes of planning each day keeps me organized and on task.
With my busy schedule, another habit I maintain is setting time aside to de-stress. I do this by either taking a bath, putting on a face mask, painting my nails, baking, or drinking a hot glass of tea. Just one relaxing, pampering activity helps me recharge for the next day.
My last healthy habit for the day is reading 10 pages of any book each night before bed, but NOT textbooks. Bedtime is around 10-11pm and reading helps me mentally wind down for the day. Maintaining a consistent bedtime means that I wake around the same time each morning, keeping the rest of my healthy habits consistent.
About the Writer
Hello! My name is Laura Holton. I am a dietetics student in the Bachelors program here at EMU. My hobbies include exercising, being outside, baking and cooking.