2020 has been a challenging one to people from all over the world, with uncertainty rearing its head around the corner with each passing day. From the pandemic through to global economic and political uncertainties, protests and more, for many of us making time for our physical and mental simply hasn’t been able to be the top priority this year. I’m here to tell you that this is completely normal, and it’s OK to have been gentle with yourself through this time of adversity. As we move into a new season, it’s a great time to have a think about shaking off the dust, and starting to think a bit about what you can do to get back to making prioritising your health one of the most important parts of your day.
Self Care in Times of Uncertainty
If you’ve managed to make time for self care amidst all the chaos of COVID-19, I applaud you. Many pre-existing routines went out of the window when the pandemic first struck, especially as people had to adjust to being in a confined space, and working from the same space. If you haven’t managed to make as much time for you during all of this, consider journaling about it for a couple of minutes, which will help you to isolate what your primary struggles were, in order for you to try and overcome them in future when uncertainty strikes again. Even if you just take 10 minutes a day for your self care routine next time, you’ll already be taking a step in the right direction.
Getting To The Point Where You’re Ready For Action
You may be feeling drained from the challenges of the year so far, and might need some extra encouragement about taking the next step to getting back to your health. Remember that physical activity provides a wonderful release of endorphins, which will help with improving your mood, giving you a better capacity to focus on what you have to get to in a day, as well as helping you to improve your self-esteem. This by no means implies that you should be setting out a rigid workout schedule for yourself to “return to normal”. This is the new normal, and the environmental challenges we’re facing have become a part of regular daily life. Try to make peace with this, as you start to search for a new way forward for your health and wellbeing.
Start Small with Mini-Goals
If you’re wondering where to start in order to shake off the dust, remember that starting small is the best way to go. Set some mini-goals for yourself, like getting active for 30 minutes a day for two days a week. If you’re someone who loves an excel spreadsheet and have already calculated your BMI and a chart to help you reach your goals, remember that you don’t need to be too rigid during the process of getting back on track. We’ve all faced great adversities in the wake of the pandemic, and have had to adjust accordingly based on our individual circumstances. You’re allowed to be gentle with yourself, and allowed to go at a slower pace than you may be used to. The end result is the same.
Some Additional Tools To Help You Stay Motivated
If you need some extra encouragement to get to this end result, not having to take care of your workout schedule might help you to ease into things a bit better. For this reason, considering doing something like our free 4 week Yoga From Home program could be useful. The best part about the program is that you can do it at your own pace, it does not require a lot of experience, and there are fixed classes per week to help make the process easier to adjust to. We don’t have to rush to the treadmill when we start to worry about our physical health. It’s OK to start with something that eases you into your health and self care practice, and gives you the ability to prioritise your physical and mental health at the same time. Start small, and work your way up from there. We’re all in this together! Here's to getting back on the bandwagon!