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Food and Health Check: How Are You Coping
With the Work From Home Situation?

The COVID-19 pandemic had set us onto an unprecedented life in a year when we thought would be the year that we are getting our shit together. Yes, you’re not alone and neither am I and my 200 followers on twitter probably agree with us. I remember all the youtube videos I watched during the year-end and how they were all so tired (and so was I) of 2019, screaming at the top of their lungs: “2020 is gonna be my year!” (Which I also tried, by the way, just in case someone is curious.) Little did we know what 2020 had in store for us. 

As of October 28, 2020, there have been 43,766,712 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,163,459 deaths, reported to WHO. In the US alone, there have already been 8,611,256 cases with a cumulative total death toll of 224,178 topping off the list of the most cases and deaths in the world. The bad news: the numbers are not declining. 

This pandemic season had been a brutal one causing not only deaths but also forcing businesses to close down as the economy dips and with that, leaving many people jobless and worse, homeless. To most of us, who still have our jobs, we have also been forced to adapt into a new work lifestyle: work from home. 

Although this idea is not as original and definitely not born out of the pandemic and notably had been thriving off for years albeit associated as a luxurious lifestyle, it was new to many. The next thing we know, we have no concept of time anymore. Bosses and colleagues are expecting us to be available 24/7, we’re sending and replying to 3am emails, and the work-life balance is now nowhere to be found. 

We’re burnt out from the endless zoom meetings and we have considerably forgotten how to take care of our health. That is, we’re not sleeping the required 6 to 8 hours for a healthy body and sadly even weekends are “on”. We have also not been eating well and succumbing to a can of whatever there is because we’re too tired. 

First, let me tell you that whatever you’re struggling with today, be that long hours of work or anxiety with every waking day, that’s valid. Despite what people might say that still having a job in this pandemic is considered lucky and you should just be thankful (and not complain) or saying that it’s trivial amidst the deaths of many, your struggles are valid. 

Second, take the time to rest. Part of the productivity process is getting enough rest and stepping away from your work during the weekends. You should not feel guilty that you’re giving your mind and your body the rest that it needs because that is an important step to having a productive week of work and this system does not only benefit you but also the people you are working with and the company that you work for. You get to be your best self everyday. 

So if you’re looking for ways to get your mental health in check, you can go and visit The San Francisco Times at SFTimes.com. They also offer articles on how to manage your health during this COVID season and what’s going on for Bay area events

Aside from that, this season (as privileged as this may sound) may also be the perfect time to take on some new challenges such as learning how to cook new recipes to hype up your netflix and chill nights or just a healthy part of your Sunday routine. Whatever that is, I encourage you to put away all the canned goods and resist the temptation of ordering in. Go ahead and check out the food section of The San Francisco Times for some sumptuous yet easy recipes for your next meal like the crispy homemade pizza, fan tuan, and sheet tray turkey! You can also indulge with the best brown butter chocolate chip cookies or get the best recommendation for your “I’m living alone, I need an air fryer” needs. 

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