We’re into week three of social distancing in the US and in week two of the Stay at Home order in Memphis. How are you holding up? I hope this note finds everyone well and healthy. At this point in the journey, we’re all getting a little restless and stir crazy. I want you to allow yourself some leeway right now. Give yourself space to not have it figured out. We are going through a massive change and this isn’t easy on anyone.
If you’ve been over-indulging on Netflix, junk food, alcohol and less movement, don’t stress about it. I haven’t been able to keep my routines like I used to. It can be hard to get motivated when all the days run together. I want you to think about a more minimalist approach to typical routines. If you are struggling to workout, start by doing micro workouts. Take 5 or 10 minutes multiple times during the day and do bodyweight movements–pushups, pull-ups, squats, lunges, and burpees. Set a timer and do as many reps as you can for each exercise. If you haven’t been walking in a while, now is the time. It is a great way to move and we all need as much vitamin D as possible.
You can take this same approach into other areas of your life right now. Over this next week, pick a few areas where you feel you’ve been slacking and try to turn it around in small steps. Read for 10 minutes, make dinner with the family one night with no TV or screens on or spend 1 minute every hour focusing on your breath.
While we need to keep going and make the most out of this time, we must give ourselves some leeway. Don’t beat yourself up if you are not as productive as you typically are. Use this time to embrace the freedom. Take small steps every day to get back on track and remember to help out someone else along the way.
While we still have to social distance, get outside with those you live with such as taking a family bike ride or walk, playing in the back yard enjoying some sunshine together. You can’t control what is happening right now but you can control how you respond. Make the best of these moments.