Simple Tips From Dr. Phil During Uncertain Times

If you’re like myself and my family, we are living moment to moment during this COVID-19 pandemic.    It’s important that we stay well physically, psychologically and emotionally as we adhere to the social distancing.

Here are some simple strategies:

TALK TO YOUR LOVED ONES:    The research illustrates that positive relationships are associated with much better outcomes.

UNPLUG:   All of this constant news and media coverage around the COVID-19 pandemic can create anxiety and fear.  Do your best to limit the time you watch the news on TV, social media and radio.

PRIORITIZE SLEEP:  Try and set up your routine each night that can help get your mind in gear for a restful night.

SWEAT IT OUT:  If have not already, try an at home workout such as resistance training with your body weight, cardiovascular exercise, and/or calming stretches.  A favorite program we use at home is the whole beachbody workout series and for jumping/bouncing, check out  Walking outside is always a great way to get your exercise in too!

REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR MINDFUL MOMENTS: It’s important to set some time aside each day to simply focus on your breathing (at least 5 minutes)  I’ve been enjoying a great Free 21 day Meditation Series from Oprah and Deepak Chopra (they’ve gone complimentary to help us all out during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis).

Feel Better – Function Better,

Dr. Phil

8 fun and free family-friendly winter activities

It’s easy to find great, free and fun winter activities that will warm up your family’s winter. Stuck for ideas on what to do or where to go? Consider these eight simple and easy-to-afford family activities.

8 fun and free family-friendly winter activities

1. Head for the park

The first snowfall opens up a world of possibility at parks. Many offer frozen ponds for ice-skating and sledding or tubing hills. Some also offer free equipment and lessons to local residents.

2. Build a fort

If the snow’s deep enough, why not build a fort or two with your kids.

  • You can add to the fun by building some snow people to live in the forts, too.
  • Be warned, though, when snow forts pop up, family snowball fights may not be far behind.

3. Check out the mall

Odds are, a mall near you has a free play area with toys or rides for kids. In addition, malls often hold special events like concerts that the entire family can attend.

4. Hit the books

In this video-intensive age we tend to forget about books. On a cold grey day, the local library provides a welcome chance to get out of the house and catch up on a good read.

  • Most libraries offer free programs in winter, too, like storytelling for toddlers or discovery activities for older kids.

5. Volunteer

Many local charities welcome adults and kids for simple tasks like packing boxes or stuffing envelopes. Participating is a great chance to teach your kids to give back to the community.

6. Catch a family flick

Libraries, community centres and other organizations often host free family movie nights. Keep an eye out for one near you. And call ahead to find out if you can bring your own popcorn.

7. Play a game

Gather together for an evening of family fun with a popular board game. Odds are there’s one or two hidden in a closet in your home.

8. Make hot cider

Warm apple cider can chase away the winter blues.

  • Just heat some apple cider with a mix of cinnamon and nutmeg over a low heat.
  • When the mixture is hot pour it into mugs and let the drinks cool slightly.
  • Serve with whipped cream or a cinnamon stick.

Winter’s chill makes us long for warm rooms, cozy blankets and a fire. Still, even in the heart of winter, it’s nice to get out with the kids and have some fun

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Shared by Dr. Phil @ Forward Health

10 Healthier Holiday Treats For The Whole Family


Fruity Candy Cane
Delight your kids with this candy cane from Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth. All you need are strawberries, a banana, and a knife!
Banana Strawberry Candy Cane


Christmas Tree Pizza
Lunchtime looks delicious with this fun Christmas Tree Pizza idea shared by Caro & Co. Use our recipe for healthy Whole Wheat Pizza Crust and cut out tree shapes before baking. Decorate with your favorite holiday-inspired toppings. Here, sliced olives form garlands. How about topping the pizza in leaves of spinach and decorating with “ornaments” made from red and yellow bell peppers?
Christmas Tree Pizza with Olives


Snowman Hard-Boiled Eggs
Why did the snowman take a dip in boiling water? Because he was made from hard-boiled eggs! These adorable snacks from Roxy’s Kitchen are cleverly held together with a stick of dry spaghetti. Carrot slices form hats, sprigs of parsley shape the arms, and buttons and eyes are affixed with black peppercorns (you could also use black sesame seeds). Take it a step further and use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons of zucchini for scarves!
Snowman Eggs


Santa’s Belly Cheese Snacks
Ho-ho-ho! Santa’s belly is coming to town. Cute Food for Kids wrapped holiday cheer around Babybel individual cheese snacks and used construction paper to craft belts and buckles.
Cheese Santa


Snowman Snack Platter
This snowman is playing in a winter wonderland! We love this fun, open-faced sandwich idea from Creative Food. Use a cookie cutter to cut out circles of bread and cheese. Add a hat and scarf made from bell peppers, and a sliver of carrot for the nose. This snowman has eyes, a mouth, and buttons made from plum, but you can use black sesame seeds. Popcorn snow is the finishing touch.
Snowman Snack Platter


Reindeer Pancakes
Add extra holiday cheer to your morning with these Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer pancakes from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. For a healthier version use Greek yogurt instead of whipped cream, turkey bacon, and our recipe for Cashew and Oat Hotcakes or Multi-Grain Banana Pancakes.
Rudolph Pancakes

Tortilla Snowflakes
These pretty snowflake-shaped tortillas are dusted with a light sprinkling of Parmesan. They’re simple, savory, and kids of all ages will have fun cutting out snowflake shapes. Get the how-to from Carpé Season.
Parmesan Tortilla Snowflakes


No-Bake Granola Bars
Make your own granola bars like these from Life Made Sweeter. Kids will enjoy mixing the ingredients and pressing them into the pan! For a lighter version, try our recipe forCranberry Granola Bars.
Holiday Granola Bars


Grinch Grapes
Grapes get a dose of holiday cheer, just like the Grinch did in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with cute hats made from strawberries, sliced banana, and a miniature marshmallow.
Grinch Grapes


Fruity Christmas Tree
This decorative tree takes a little more effort than the other snacks on this page, but it will make kids (and grownups) ooh and ah, and you’ll have a healthy, edible centerpiece for your table. Click to find out how Ginger & Garlic assembled it!
Edible Christmas Tree


Looking for more holiday treats? Check out this Candy Cane Shakeology, theseGingerbread Protein Pancakes, and these Gingerbread Balls!

What are your favorite holiday snacks? Tell us in the comments!

Shared by Dr. Phil McAllister @ Forward Health

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