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Just like everyone else in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, holistic expert and nutritionist Jessica Sepel is trying to adjust to life in quarantine. Here’s what a typical day in iso looks like to her…

Adjusting to self-isolation life is a huge challenge.

Your once-active daily routine is out the window and because you’re stuck at home, you find yourself sitting down for longer hours, not moving your body or exercising your mind enough, and eating a little too much.

It can take a huge toll on your physical and mental health, which is why the body+soul team want to help you get through this difficult time. We’ve asked some of our favourite health and wellness experts to share their tips and tricks on how they’ve adjusted to self-iso life, in hopes to inspire you.

First up, it’s nutritionist and founder of JSHealth, Jessica Sepel…

“I try to wake up at a normal hour despite not having to travel to work, and before anything else, I fill up my two litre water bottle in preparation for the day ahead.

I then start the day with a 20-minute workout. I especially love a good Pilates or HIIT workout, and they’re so easy to do from home with minimal equipment, too.

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Next, I take a probiotic as I’m doing everything I can to support my immune system at this time. This is then followed by a piccolo – my absolute favourite coffee.

For breakfast, I’ll make a nutrition smoothie packed with goodness.

Once fuelled, I’ll look at social media only when my morning routine is complete, and then I prepare for a regular day of work.

The main difference in my work day is not being able to see my JSHealth team or be at our beautiful office together, but we’ve been working together as best we can via regular video calls.

Once work is done for the day, I make my hubby Dean, and myself one of my nourishing and simple JSHealth recipes. I ensure each meal I have is packed with nutritious vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats to support my immunity, and keep me feeling healthy and nourished while in isolation.

After dinner, it’s time to wind down. Sometimes I do a yoga flow, and other times I’ll do a guided meditation to ground and centre myself.

Then as a little treat, I switch on one of my favourite feel-good shows or movies. I’ve especially been loving re-watching Bridesmaids this week, for some lighthearted relief.

Personally, it’s the small things in the day that make all the difference when in isolation. It’s important to find time to do things that make you laugh and smile, and spend quality time with your family even though you feel like you’ve been with them constantly.

Keep looking after your health – both physical and mental – and know that this will pass, and we will get through it together.”