In quarantine: 5 anti-stress tips from Polina Kitsenko

We will learn about the main secrets of a harmonious state of self-isolation from a recognized healthy lifestyle guru.

Many have already felt on themselves how dangerous it can be a permanent stay at home – both for physical and mental health. Overeating, lack of physical activity, fatigue from the same space day after day – and this is not a complete list of the disadvantages of self-isolation and quarantine. Polina Kitsenko, the founder of #SlimFitClub sports studio and PK connection agency, co-founder of the Running Hearts charity race, told us how to reduce their negative impact to nothing.

Now any business can be called homework, since we all, unfortunately or fortunately, are sitting at home. I try to look at the situation positively. In fact, the glass is half full and not empty, so I actively motivate my team – we are not in prison, not in war, not in the front line, we are not locked, but we are at home.

1. What are the top 5 household chores that let you relax?

At the top of my household chores, of course, sports. It helps not only tone the body but also get rid of bad thoughts. I really like to light candles, especially when I take a bath. 

I like to sit by the fireplace and lie in a hammam. Always not averse to watch cartoons with children: it really charges me and directs me to some other direction, where there are no feelings and stress. I don’t have time to read yet, but I make up for it by watching a good movie – there’s a great treasury that my hands have not reached before.

2. How to cope with an unexpected surge of stress?

A glass of champagne and a new dress would help here. But now this is a little out of place and to nothing. Therefore, I climb a favorite skate: practice! After physical exertion, all unnecessary immediately leaves the head. And in my anti-stress arsenal – humor and laughter!

3. How can I diversify my stay at home and still keep up with everything?

In order to keep up with everything, and indeed to diversify pastime at home, you need a mode. From Monday to Friday I am in the work week mode, that is, I have everything on schedule. I start from an early rise and try to go to bed early, at least until midnight, to sleep about eight hours.

I have breakfast with children, be sure to train, then business meetings, zooms, conferences, working with my team, creating new projects, content for Instagram, live broadcasts. In general, I try to lead an intensive working day. On weekdays I don’t drink, I don’t allow myself a glass, I go to bed early and practically do not have dinner. Here is such a labor austerity.

Weekends are a complete antipode to weekdays: there are a lot of indulgences in food, a glass, two or three wines, walks, “doing nothing”, a movie. The most important thing in quarantine is not to turn into an astronaut who is in zero gravity and does not know when he flew away, when he returns, where is morning, where is evening.

4. Sports at home and sports in a fitness club – which is more effective? How can you compensate for the shortcomings of the first?

In pre-viral times, for many people it was even purely psychologically better to go to sports in halls and studios or to train on the street. But our lives have changed, and now we are forced to transfer our training to a mode limited by the area of ​​our apartments. More fortunate are those who have a country house or cottage, that is, access to a piece of sky and fresh air. But not all, unfortunately, have this opportunity, but for a good workout, 2×2 m space will be quite enough for you.

Staying at home and doing some yoga is a good start. few sets of warm up stretching and weight training is very effective to keep you in shape. If iron plates are not available to you then consider using own body weight for workout.

As we say if there is a will then there is a way so i hope you understand now.

Sport is not only training the body, but also unloading neural connections, that is, an amazing anti-stress method and a guarantee of a healthy worldview.

5. What are the most compelling reasons to start enjoying the self-isolation that you (possibly) have already found for yourself.

The most compelling reason for self-isolation is, of course, your safety, because there is nothing more valuable than health. The second reason is that we can be close to loved ones, while in the usual rhythm of life we ​​often see less often than we would like. We have a lot of work, and, I can say, we have begun to work more, but, nevertheless, we still find the opportunity to be active in terms of self-development or completing tasks that have been postponed for a long time. But the most important and invaluable is the love of loved ones and the protection of health.

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