The whole world right now is experiencing the same thing – isn’t that crazy! It’s not just me, you or your friends friend, it is the whole, entire world. It’s not just the homeless, rich or poor, it’s not just the unhealthy, young or old. It is everybody.
Now, in some weird way that kind of makes it feel a little comforting knowing that we are all in the same boat, because that means we are (mostly!) all paddling in the same direction for the first time in a very long time. No matter who you speak to, the horrible ‘C’ word comes up and with it comes a lot of emotion.
Some people have been infected, some have lost family and friends, some are worried and others are not. But what we will all face sooner or later is the fact that we will feel lost. Social gatherings have stopped, catch ups with family are no longer allowed and dropping your kids off for a play date is now not acceptable. Our normal, everyday routines have been hammered by something we can’t even see, touch or feel. It really is incomprehensible.
However, there are many articles, opinions, posts and stories written about how to deal with the effects of the virus, what to do and not do, the best course of action and how we will all get back to normal eventually, so I have decided to provide you guys with 5 tips to help deal with the feeling of isolation in a more practical way.
The tips are simple, effective and a small way to help you along this journey, should you feel as though you need it.
Can I stress though, how important it is we all do our bit to stay home to help stop the spread. The more we work together, the quicker this will be over.
Enjoy, share and be safe!
(Please note I am not affiliated with any of the websites mentioned below, I have simply found them to be a great resource and decided to share!)
Tip 1: Keep a routine
Tough, but in my opinion really important. When you fall out of routine you start to lose direction and purpose. If you used to go to the gym in the morning before work, still wake up, go for a run, walk, do some home workouts. Whatever your routine pre-Corona was try and stick to it as best you can because it will help stop you forming bad habits during your lockdown.
Tip 2: Keep active
A healthy mind is often due to a healthy body so keep as active as you can, as often as you can. No need to smash out 2hr, gruelling home workouts every day. If you have 20mins spare, do some yoga, meditation or pilates. Put on a home workout and have the kids join you and turn it into a challenge. Play some basketball in the backyard, do some gardening or even run up and down the stairs – whatever it is, it will help your mental health just as much as your physical health.
A great resource is Top 50 Home workouts online and can be accessed here. Most, if not all the resources on here are Free, fun and full of variety!
And don’t forget, Rewards Members you have Free access to our very own Nutritionist, Rebecca, through your Member Account Page on the ‘Ask Beck a question’ tab. It is free for you to use and might come in handy during this time!
Tip 3: Start on online course
Yes lockdown sucks, however if you try to be positive you can use this time to start a course that you have been putting off now that you can stay home and do it online! There are tons of courses online, however a great resource is Masterclass Online. It is an online program where the courses are actually taught by professionals – think Basketball skills by Steph Curry, Cooking by Gordon Ramsay, Acting by Samuel L. Jackson and Writing by Dan Brown.
Tip 4: Slow down
How many times have we said ‘life is too short’, ‘time flies’, ‘I wish I had more time to spend with the kids’? Even though lockdown with the kids will at times be challenging, and I know I have 3 boys myself, why not look at ways to enhance the experience of being with them? Watch movies together, bake, do art, sing and dance – whatever it is this will be one of the very few moments in time where you have nothing else to do but be present.
If you don’t have kids, think about using this time to recharge and reevaluate life and where it is you are heading and want to go. While many of us will be thinking about the financial stress caused by the Corona virus, at the end of the day it will also put a lot of things into perspective for us about our need to ‘want’ so much, when all we need is so little.
Be careful though, slowing down doesn’t mean contemplating the worst and living in a state of panic. While it is perfectly normal to acknowledge these fears, and you should, don’t let them put you into a state of complete isolation.
Tony Robins has a number of great resources on his ‘Story, State, Strategy’ philosophy and you can listen to one here.
Tip 5: Limit social media
Controversial I know, however the more you immerse yourself into the world of social media, especially at a time when it is social acceptable to do so, the harder it will be to understand the difference between what is real and what is not. There is already so much conflicting advice, news, drama and chaos surrounding the situation the entire world is in right now that it can only breed more fear amongst us, locally. It can cloud your judgement, stop you from doing what you want to do and most of all challenge your mental health beyond what you can imagine.
While social media has its place, think about how much time you spend on it and what you are spending that time on. It is causing you more angst or bringing you joy? Are you feeling positive, or afraid? Are you clear on what is being said, or even more confused? These are important questions and ones that only you can answer.
I hope these 5 tips can help in some small way and if we can be of any help, please let us know. Our small team has a wealth of experience in health, and fitness and welcome any questions you might have.