Prioritizing Your Health & Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic with Rachel Berman
It can be overwhelming to manage your health and wellness while keeping yourself updated on the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be fearful due to the uncertainties brought by the crisis while stressing about the work you need to do at home. It can be too much, especially if you don't know how to manage your well-being during these times. Your mind and body may go into shock, preventing you from fulfilling your tasks.
In today's episode, Rachel Berman will provide tips on prioritizing self-care from the comfort of our homes. As an expert on mental health and eating disorders, she will discuss various coping mechanisms to soothe overwhelming emotions. Rachel will also share how she manages her time while in quarantine and how you can become productive even in this trying time.
If you’re struggling with prioritizing your health and wellness during this pandemic, this episode is for you!
Here are three reasons why you should listen to the full episode:
- Discover various coping mechanisms to protect your well-being during this pandemic.
- Learn how to be kinder yourself, especially in challenging times like this.
- Find out how Rachel feels radically loved by listening to the full episode!
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Rosie Being Honored at The Verywell Fit Awards
- Verywell Fit focuses on the holistic well-being of a person, including physical and mental health.
- They give awards to people who create relevant, science-based content and speak to their audience about health and wellness with empathy and authenticity.
- They awarded 100 influential people in the wellness industry, including Rosie.
Body Positivity in the Time of a Pandemic
- Rachel has worked in the healthcare system and is an expert on eating disorders and mental health.
- During this crisis, people should not feel ashamed of eating more or unhealthily due to the limited food available to us.
- Eating can help people cope with some of the mental health issues triggered by the pandemic and isolation.
- Social media is a great tool to communicate with people while in quarantine. But it can also induce envy since more are tuning in to social media to fill their time.
- People on social media are more understanding of the things that truly matter now. But it's still important to limit your screen time.
For People Without Company While in Quarantine
- Emotional eating is a natural way to self-soothe. It only becomes a problem when it's your only coping mechanism.
- It's essential to expand your coping strategies and balance things out. Reach out to your friends through social media apps.
- To have some sense of control and connection, you can donate to charities and virtual organizations helping out in this crisis.
On Overeating During Quarantine
- Rachel reminds people that there are no good or bad foods. If you label something as bad, you may end up depriving yourself of that food and compensate later on.
- If your emotional eating is getting out of hand, expand your coping mechanisms and practice acceptance.
- Take things in moderation and find nutritional balance. Eat enough to avoid overeating.
- If you fail today, remember that you can do the next right thing.
On Zoom Fatigue
- People with Zoom fatigue feel that they need to be present all the time and project themselves more through the screen. It can be stressful for some people.
- Rachel is also having a hard time paying attention after a certain point during Zoom meetings.
- Remember to stay focused, engaged, and connected.
Recharging Your Energy While at Home
- It's vital to recharge during the quarantine.
- People are having a hard time balancing their personal and professional lives while working from home.
- During this time, Rachel meditates to clear her head and maintain mindfulness.
How to Stop Pressuring Yourself During Quarantine
- Not all people have the same time during the quarantine. You don't have to pressure yourself to learn skills if it does not apply to your situation.
- Acknowledge your emotions and do not shame yourself for not doing more in this new normal.
- Be compassionate to yourself.
Hope After COVID-19
- Rachel hopes we will hold some of the principles we learned in this crisis and create the needed changes rather than going back to the way it was before.
- She hopes people will slow down a little bit, realize what's important, and be more mindful of others' well-being.
Focusing on What You Want to Create for Your Life
- Rachel became a dietitian because she wanted to help people become healthier.
- She enjoys creating personal connections with people by putting helpful articles on the Internet.
5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode
“For the record, emotional eating is not wrong or a bad thing. I think the culture has made it like, ‘Oh, you shouldn't eat out of emotion only if out of hunger,’ when the truth of the matter is that it's a totally natural way to self-soothe."
“When you label something as bad, you end up depriving yourself of that food. You avoid it; you might be more likely to overeat it later on.”
“If you constantly are overcompensating, you're going to overcompensate later on.”
“Just by acknowledging that you have these emotions and not shaming ourselves for not doing more with this new normal is really important.”
"The world's going to change, and I would only hope that it's for the better and we're more mindful of everyone else's well-being too, not just our own.”
Rachel Berman is the general manager of the Verywell Fit website,which produces content about holistic well-being. She is a registered dietitian, with a background in healthcare systems and expertise in eating disorders and mental health.
Rachel is an award-winning digital health executive. She has appeared on prominent mediums like the Today Show, NY1, and many other magazines, television, and radio outlets. She has also written two books: Boosting Your Metabolism for Dummies and the Mediterranean Diet for Dummies.
If you want to connect with Rachel, visit her website. You can also go to the Verywell Fit website to know more.
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