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The Long Game - Issue #160

We’re into week three of social distancing in the US and in week two of the Stay at Home order in Mem
Taylor Somerville
The Long Game - Issue #160
By Taylor Somerville • Issue #160 • View online
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.

You can see the stages of grief all over in how people are responding to this. A couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of denial surrounding the issue we are now facing. For example, spring breakers were all over the Florida beaches. I think some people are still in denial. The paragraph below is a great look into where you might be right now. Check out the article to learn more.
“There’s denial, which we say a lot of early on: This virus won’t affect us. There’s anger: You’re making me stay home and taking away my activities. There’s bargaining: Okay, if I social distance for two weeks everything will be better, right? There’s sadness: I don’t know when this will end. And finally there’s acceptance. This is happening; I have to figure out how to proceed.”
This is a great break down of what to do when you are overwhelmed. Times like this can cause a lot of people to freeze, go into shutdown mode and have no idea what to do or how to act. However, one of the best things you can do is to take action. What small step can you take to get going? Maybe it is just cleaning up a room in your house or writing a letter to someone. Check out the article to get more tips to help through this time.
In this time, we are learning to use technology for better purposes. We’ve had the ability to Facetime and zoom for years, but are now actually using it to connect with friends and loved ones worldwide. If you haven’t done one of these yet, get a group together and do a zoom happy hour. It is a great way to see others and socialize while you’re in your home.
Before I go, checkout a few more links I found this week.
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In Health,
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Taylor Somerville

The Long Game is a newsletter for people that want to grow and challenge themselves. It is about the drive to better ourselves mentally, physically, and spiritually while having the curiosity to enjoy the journey. I will include articles, podcast, videos, and blogs on a variety of topics ranging from psychology, fitness, meditation, and nutrition. I am a certified XPT Coach, I hold the Art of Breath certification, I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer and hold the Aerobic Capacity certficate. Checkout my website to learn more about the services I offer.

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