Health and Wellness from Home in 2021

Last semester started with elderberry syrup and in-person classes. This semester I’m taking it a step further by adding in Rae Wellness’s vitamin c and zinc immunity shots. To read more about my experience with Rae supplements check out my Instagram post @baileykmarshall.

Supplements aren’t for everyone. I probably don’t need extra vitamin c. But here’s the thing: positive thinking (e.g. thinking that you won’t get sick) boosts your immune system! It’s probably the only time wishful thinking might actually work…and I’m going to take it!

(side note: my best friend told me that taking extra vitamin D helps prevent Covid so I might give that a try too just to be on the safe side)

Another sneaky way to get more greens in my diet that I’ve been eyeballing for a while is using “super greens” powder. I’ve seen fitness bloggers talk about it before, and I’ve always been skeptical because, ya know, it’s a powder you buy off the internet. Plenty of things could go wrong when you ingest powders from the internet. But I got an Amazon gift card for my birthday so I figured I’d give it a go. Here’s the brand I’m going to get, and I’ll link a blogpost reviewing it once it gets here!

My classes are going to be mostly in person again this semester. Vaccinations have been distributed to the medical school, but most of the undergrad and law school campus will not receive a vaccine until much later on. Everyone in my building will be asked to wear a mask and stay six feet apart, especially when we are seated for class. It worked last semester, with less than fifty people catching COVID in the undergrad and graduate campus for the whole semester. Fingers crossed it works again this semester!

I’m doing my best to stay healthy and not catch anything, which translates into staying in as much as possible. I’ve been to the gym one time since quarantine started in March, and that one time was in early January where I had the whole barre room to myself. I honestly felt like a fitness influencer working out in a fully mirrored room all by myself! It was a fun moment, but probably not something I’ll be doing again any time soon as I’ve gotten into the routine of doing home workouts.

Here is my go to workout video for working out from home: 30 min FULL BODY SCULPT

I’ve also been binge watching Mari Fitness Youtube videos…I’m gonna fudge and say it’s for inspiration and motivation, but really I just like her personality and how hype she is about everything. I need more of that right now.

Speaking of needing things…I put these workout tanks into my cart as soon as I saw them. Nothing gets me more excited to workout than new fitness gear!

Links I’m Loving

Some old articles, paired with some new articles. Here’s the offering for the week:

If I were gonna write anything longer than a song, I would write about fear. People get stuck in situations and they want to do something else but they’re afraid. And there’s no way not to be afraid. But to me, courage is not not being afraid; it’s, what do you do in spite of being afraid.Bill Withers from How to be a Man with Bill Withers on the Death Sex Money podcast.

I’m currently sitting here wishing someone would write a follow-up article on these nannies, interviewed at the start of quarantine last March, working during the Coronavirus. Read 5 Nannies on Working During the Coronavirus from The Cut.

I’d forgotten about Larry David until quarantine. Truth be told I don’t watch much tv. My parents watch Seinfeld, so at least he was a familiar face. Here is what the world’s leading expert on the art of doing nothing has to say about quarantine: Larry David, Master of His Quarantine from the New York Times.

If anyone is looking for a cardigan to curl up in as we move into what may be a second round of quarantining: Olivia Textured Cardigan from Anthropologie

Or slippers: 1 / 2 / 3

If anyone is wondering how parents are fairing with kids at home, the answer is, no, no The Parents Are Not All Right (Gen Medium).

And last but not least, here is a king cake recipe from a much-beloved baker-blogger, Joy. Pull-Apart Mardi Gras King Cake on Joy the Baker.

How I’m Trying to Supplement My Immune Health in Grad School

Going back to in-person classes this fall means I’m going to have to take a critical look at my health and daily habits. As we all know, COVID-19 is no joke, and I’m about to be sharing a building with about 250 people each day. While I’m typically pretty healthy, I know there’s more I can do.

I’m starting with taking elderberry supplements. My mom started using elderberry syrup a few years ago. It helps your body fight off cold and flu symptoms (hello Corona virus symptoms) and supports general immune health. Elderberry is packed with vitamin C! It’s also anti-inflammatory and is a good source of antioxidants. I think it tastes great on it’s own (plus adults are only supposed to take about thirty drops a day) and I couldn’t taste it at all when I mixed it into a cup of water. It’s a super easy way to boost your immune system, so if you’re looking for something that’s approximately zero work, this would be it.

I use Mary Ruth’s Organic Elderberry Syrup

Stress can also weaken your immune system, so trying to be as stress free as possible will do your body good (and not just with immune health and COVID – limiting stress is good for heart health and cholesterol levels!).  

One thing that people are predicting about COVID during the school year is that people are going to be more stressed than usual – even children. Parenting blogs, and even the CDC, are teaching parents the warning signs of stress and anxiety in kids, and trying to provide ways to combat it. Exercise, nutritious foods, and limiting screen time outside of classes helps. Last semester, when my school went full on remote learning, I tended to do my work outside on the porch because I found that I felt better in the sunlight. I also gave myself time to stand up and stretch in between classes. A short walk is better than no walk at all! 

Stress lowers your body’s ability to fight infections like COVID-19. Limiting caffeine intake helps reduce stress (but honestly I’m being a bit of a hypocrite because I drink multiple cups of coffee a day during the school year because I’m constantly exhausted). Getting eight hours of sleep, on average, a night also helps your immune system regulate itself. This is also me being hypocritical because I am too often awake at 1am trying to finish a reading that’s due in less than eight hours. But the point is to try and get eight hours of sleep. Here it’s not the thought that counts, but if you’re pushing yourself to develop better sleeping habits then you’re doing the right thing for your body, even if you only manage to get a half hour more sleep than you usually would.

I’m also trying to eat healthier this go around to give my body a fighting chance against contracting any viruses. I was not very healthy my first year of law school, and I definitely ate out more than I should have. Whole foods and lots of fruits and vegetables are what I’m focusing on this school year!

What ways are you trying to protect yourself from COVID this school year?

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My Quarantine Reading List

Anyone else getting through books like nobody’s business? Because same. Here’s what I’ve read so far, and what I’ve got on queue.

Little Fires Everywhere (also a tv show on Hulu with Reese Witherspoon!)

Katherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Wine. All the Time.

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

The Perfect Child (this one I got for free with Amazon Prime’s book of the month club)

Little Women (such an amazing movie! Definitely a must see)

Just Mercy

Lincoln in the Bardo

Walking the Black Cat

Up next:

Valley of the Dolls

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Ninth House

Good Omens (also a great show on Amazon Prime!)

The Goldfinch (also a movie available to stream via Amazon, although I have heard too many not-so-great reviews to actually spend the time watching it…)

Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States

Untamed

To follow my reading adventures: Bailey Marshall on Goodreads

What’s on your quarantine reading list?

Mom, Are We There Yet?

This quarantine feels like a never ending road trip, only we’re not going anywhere cool, I’ve seen the same stretch of highway with the same trees a million times, and we ran out of snacks forever ago. It’s got me asking are we there yet?!

No. No we are not there yet. While states are slowly starting to reopen, we know there will be another wave of this come fall. And what do we do to prepare for long road trips? Snacks. Art. Stories. Music.

What are Americans eating the most of during the pandemic?

Not going to lie, I definitely have turned to comfort foods during this unpredictable time. Why? Because mac’n’cheese will never betray you.

Not exactly Bob Ross, but it’ll do.

The Providence Hotel has a free printable coloring book for everyone missing Paris (or travel in general).

MoMA is offering free classes! Skillshare is also opening up their archives for free for two months!

I’m currently taking a Walt Whitman poetry course through Harvard’s literature department via EdX – completely free and all at my own pace.

Why not make something for the Atlanta History Center? They’re looking for COVID-19 related artifacts to preserve!

Something to think about if you’re about to dive into Rachel Hollis’s audiobooks (which are great and I really enjoyed them! I just didn’t think about, well, I’ll let you read the article and figure it out).

Everyone always asks me how I have the money for all the audiobooks I listen to. I don’t! But I do have a library card. Here’s how to do that online.

In case you missed it – here’s my post about what I’m listening to during quarantine.

See you on the other side!

Little Things That’ve Helped

Here’s a short list of things that have helped me wrap my head around this pandemic. Hopefully they’ll help you too.

Penguins take a walk through the aquarium. See also: puppies visit the GA aquarium.

NY Times article about remembering the little spots of light in the darkness.

Rainbows in Brooklyn.

The Sudden Obliteration of Expectation.

What we’re feeling is actually grief.

Letter to all the UGA seniors missing out on spring semester of their last year of college.