I’ve started to add a daily coping tip to the SQLServerCentral newsletter, which is helping me deal with the issues in the world. I’m adding my responses for each day here.
Today’s item from the newsletter is “stay hydrated and eat well”.
I usually exercise regularly and try to have a decent diet. Food certainly is a weakness for me, and I’m definitely a comfort eater, especially when I’m stressed. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to change.
That being said, I’m trying to be more cognizant, since I can drink too much coffee and diet soda. I’ve started to make it a habit to fill multiple water bottles and leave them on my desk. Less counting, and this reminds me to drink this much at a minimum.
This is 80oz, which isn’t a gallon, and not really enough in Denver, which is a high desert. I’ve been good about emptying these three each day and then getting at least into most of one more, if not two.
For food, we purchased a bunch of food from a few restaurants the first week to support them. Good in that we supported a Mexican place with a bunch of small burritos and a Chinese restaurant. Not so good as it wasn’t too healthy and I ate too many. This on top of my wife swinging by Krispy Kreme while buying horse food.
I’m making an effort this week to cook more. I enjoy cooking, and it’s slowly wearing off that this isn’t an immediate crisis and instead I need to get back to normal for the long term, even if that means fewer grocery trips. I am working to do more vegetarian meals, as my wife and son try to avoid meat. My daughter is gluten sensitive, so this forces me to be more creative and careful with cooking. Falling back on my youth of easy casseroles and lots of ground meat is easy, so I’m searching out new recipes and experimenting with more vegetables.
I’ve been taking daily vitamins for years, and I’m working to ensure I keep doing so to stay healthy. Ultimately I feel the more I exercise, the healthier I am. That’s been my experience, and it certainly helps my mental health. As a result, I’m trying to ensure I do something every day for at least 20 minutes, but hopefully 30, that raises my heart rate.
Those are my goals for this new normal, as I try to cope with this world.