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Tips for staying productive and healthy during 'safer-at-home' phase

Posted at 12:22 PM, Apr 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 14:22:16-04

DENVER — As Colorado transitions from a “stay-at-home” order to the “safer-at-home” phase, some Coloradans are finding it difficult to remain productive while spending so much time in the same place.

Even while at home, daily tasks can be exhausting.

But Lauren Simms, the CEO of the holistic company Fuel For Life, said there are a few things you can do to make life a little easier.

“I don’t even know the last time we all cooked three meals a day,” Simms said.

Simms said cooking the majority of meals at home can make it tempting to repeat the same quick-and-easy comfort meals.

But instead of having yet another taco night, Simms suggests pre-planning meals for the week and adding in some colorful produce.

“When we think about immune-boosting foods, that’s all the colors. Focusing on your purple foods and your red foods or green foods,” Simms said.

Simms said vegetables don’t always have to be fresh; frozen vegetables are good too.

“A lot of us are using frozen veggies and that’s ok. They’re still packed with a ton of nutrients,” Simms said.

While colorful produce can improve nutrition, Simms said a color-coded to-do list can help increase productivity.

“The color red, these are your must-haves, these are the things you have to do today. Yellow, these are important but not quite as important as the red list….and then your green: ‘If I have time, I’ll get to this’,” Simms said.

Simms said while many Coloradans face financial uncertainty, those who have extra time may want to use it to make some extra money.

A lot of companies are hiring right now, but Simms suggests applicants thoroughly research companies before applying.

“What is the company like? How are they rated with the Better Business Bureau? How long have they been around? What is the culture like?” Simms said.

Simms also suggests factoring in resources employers require employees to provide, like a car or gas, to make sure the time you put in is worth the money you’ll be making.

Simms said staying at home is tough, but it’s time that can be used to make healthy and productive lifestyle changes.