Name: Ashley Larose
Role at UNH: Student
Year Started at UNH: 2016
What does being healthy look like to you?
Being healthy looks like practicing self-care in whatever way an individual sees fit.
What have you been doing to take care of your mental health while in quarantine?
In order to take care of my mental health, I have been staying in contact with my friends and checking in on them periodically. I schedule social distancing coffee dates with friends where we sit on the roof of our cars and chat. Getting outside has been a huge help, as well as ensuring that I have someone to talk to about things so that it doesn’t stay bottled up inside.
What has been your favorite tech-free hobby?
My favorite tech-free hobby has been spending time in the sun, whether I am taking my dog for a walk or reading a book.
What do you do to stay active?
In order to stay active, I created a plan for myself to stick to. It consists of going for a run, practicing yoga, and going on solo hikes.
What has been your favorite food to make while in quarantine?
My favorite food to make in quarantine has been omelettes in the morning.
How do you find motivation to stay healthy and active while in quarantine?
A lot of my motivation comes from my dog, because I remind myself that while I can find things to do around the house all day, she can’t go anywhere unless I take her. I also remind myself that when my body feels good, my mind feels good and it makes my days easier and helps in seeing the good in the current situation.
Have you seen or felt any improvements in your physical or mental well-being after making positive changes in your life?
Due to the circumstances, my mental health began to deteriorate, but once I was able to find my new normal and establish coping skills to help me easily deal with day-to-day stress, I have been able to process my emotions in the moment. This has helped me to improve my mental and physical health, and I have been using physical movement one of my useful coping skills.
Do you have any positive words of encouragement for others to create a healthier lifestyle?
I recommend doing what works best for you and not what has worked for other people. It could take a while to even find the motivation to begin, but once you start you won’t want to stop. The motivation has to come from you and not someone else.