Developing Healthy Habits at Home



We are creatures of comfort. We like routine and the known. In normal times, daily habits and routines provide stability and focus to our day and our minds. When we know what is ahead of us, we can anticipate and plan. Our habits are our coping strategies and help us manage our stress and help us relax. Some of us built these stress management skills throughout our lives as we adapted to different situations.

However, COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and may have thrown our routines and habits off track. Because of this, we now may feel increased stress without good ways to cope. This uncertainty and instability in our days can lead us to feel less motivated and productive. To better manage our stress, we can form new habits and coping skills because our pre-COVID-19 habits may not be an option right now.

TrestleTree is here to help you create healthy lifestyle habits to manage the stress around this unknown. You can work with a TrestleTree Health Coach to find personalized ways to manage your stress and put good coping skills into place. Your unique life circumstances and sources of stress drive the content of coaching. TrestleTree Health Coaches also have an awareness of resources available to you and will provide referrals as needed.

Stress Management

We want you to know that TrestleTree is here for you to help manage your stress. Members and your family can work with a TrestleTree Health Coach to better understand your stress so you can put good coping strategies into effect.

Your unique life circumstances and sources of stress drive the content of coaching. In addition to identifying triggers for stress, you and your Health Coach can discuss stress symptoms, how to monitor these symptoms, how stress and health are related, and how to build a toolbox of stress management techniques that will work for you.

Insights

"I have a wonderful couple that is elderly and they have a good stock of supplies and food so they are only going out to enjoy their LifeJoy which is driving around in their car, not going anywhere in particular, just enjoying the scenery of nature.

This is their way of 'getting out, while being safe.'"

Managing Weight in Stressful Times

During this time of increased stress and possible changes to our activity level and eating, weight may be an increased concern. And knowing how to go about weight loss in the midst of such stress can be difficult. This presentation will help you understand the basics of stress, highlight the impact of stress on weight, discuss the basic components of weight management, and identify how to create an effective strategy for weight management during stressful times.

Emotional Eating

At a time when there is heightened stress and our access to food may be changed, emotional eating may be a concern for some of us. This presentation will explore the connections between emotions and eating, differentiate between emotional and mindful eating, help you increase personal awareness about your triggers/emotions and food, and provide tools and strategies for coping with emotional eating.

Understanding Stress and Its Impact on Health

Given the added stress of COVID-19, it can be important to understand stress and its impact on our health. This presentation will talk about the history of stress, present research on the impact of stress, help you recognize signs and symptoms of stress on our health, help you evaluate your stress and coping skills, and identify ways to effectively respond to stress.

Sleep Your Way to Better Health

Sleep is one of the most important factors in good health, and good sleep can be difficult to get even during the best of times. During these unusual times, there may be more disruptions to our sleep. This presentation will help you understand the importance of good sleep, highlight the impact of sleep loss, discuss sleep science such as cycles and rhythms, identify behaviors that interfere with sleep, identify effective ways to get good sleep, and explore strategies for personal sleep improvement.