Over three months have passed since we first went into “lock-down” in the UK and during this period we’ve all had to adapt to a ‘new normal’. Everyone is struggling with something different whether you find yourself feeling bored and not knowing what to do or if you’re on the opposite end of the scale and feeling overwhelmed with the balancing act of work, family life and still trying to find some time for yourself.
It’s not always been easy however, this is an opportunity to reflect on what’s been most important to you, the highs, the lows and what you can do in order to to stay positive as this period of “lock-down” continues to affect our daily lives in many different ways. We’ve come up with some helpful tips which we hope might help you stay a little more sane during this challenging time.
Gratitude each morning
When you’re having your morning coffee, try to come up with 5 things that you are grateful for at that moment. This could be something small like “the sun is shining today” or “I got a great night’s sleep” or something bigger such as “my family is in good health”. It’s a great way to start the day in a positive way and remember that even though the news might tell us otherwise, there are pockets of joy to be found in the things happening all around us.
Get the kids involved
It’s not too late to maybe start a journal, take one picture a day or keep a record in your diary of what you get up to each day which you can all look back on together.
Be kind (to yourself)
Go easy on yourself. There’s so much pressure at the moment to be ‘making the most’ of this time, whether it’s taking an online course, cleaning out the cupboards or becoming a Science/English/Maths/Art/Music teacher, all in one. You don’t have to do everything all at once! Try to create a routine throughout your week and if you’re finding it difficult to motivate yourself, then try making a list of what you would like to achieve each day the night before.
Tackling a new task
Add one task a day that you’ve been putting off and try and start your day with it. That way, you’ll feel great a sense of achievement for the rest of the day. However, make sure you’re setting realistic goals and schedule in plenty of activities which you enjoy too.
Schedule some time for yourself
For those of you who are living with partners, families or housemates things are possibly starting to get a little tense. Try to take some time away for yourself every day, whether it’s a coffee in a different room, joining one of our online classes or going for a quick walk. We’re all living under each other’s feet and it’s important to have some time away to reset (for everyone involved!)
It’s important for both your physical and mental health to try and stay active during this time. Exercise releases endorphins, those wonderful happy chemicals which give us an increase in energy and boost our mood for up to 24-hour post workout! We miss being with our wonderful community at the Beattitude club but we’ve taken all of our unique workouts online. We now have over 50 ‘live’ classes taking place each week via Zoom, with our expert trainers on hand to guide you through each workout. Our online classes run daily from 7am in the morning through to 8pm in the evening so you can find a class that works around your schedule.
Getting some fresh air can always provide a new perspective on things and put a real spring in your step. Try to get out for a short walk/ jog/ run each day and really try to take in the sights around you. We have also just launched outdoor workouts following Covid-19 safety guidelines taking place in Garratt Park, just up the road from the club. So you might say, it’s actually never been easier to stay active!
Words by Amy Cooper – @cooopsy88