Steps toward wellness in the COVID era
Believe it or not, shelter in place orders could be one of the best opportunities for creating the life and body you desire.
Yes, I know it sounds crazy, especially given the increased fear, anxiety, and stress of close quarters and the uncertainty, but, as Einstein eloquently stated, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Each of us must look at our own situation to see what opportunities exist to live healthier, more full lives in these circumstances, but here are a few I’ve noticed in my own life:
More flexibility to exercise the way I’d like to, as often as I’d like to.
Better eating habits, since there is a diminished opportunity to give in to cravings with trips to the store, restaurants/drive-thru, etc.
Longer time dedicated to sleep
Stronger connections with friends and family I was previously too busy to engage with. We’re having nightly family dinners - a previously weekly engagement - and game nights and storytime. With friends, I’m having FaceTime/Skype chats, longer conversations, and opportunities to encourage each other.
Strikingly obvious opportunities for gratitude. With so much suffering, so much uncertainty, both in our own home and outside of it, the good things come more clearly into focus.
Certainly, this isn’t something that comes naturally. While all of these opportunities exist, they don’t become success unless we take advantage of them and make them work for us.
Stress, worry, and anxiety present significant difficulties to moving towards these opportunities. None of us - myself included - are immune to this.
Small, incremental steps and slight changes are what will make this a reality… only if you want it. (And if you don’t, that’s okay, too! Tuck this away for another day.)
Here are a few ideas for moving toward what you want during this time:
Start where you’re comfortable, or where you have accountability. This is why I started offering free virtual cardio classes on weekdays - I was struggling to stay consistent with my workouts, and this was an opportunity to provide support for others as well as myself. Join me - you’d be amazed at what a simple 30 minutes of movement will do for your day.
Do the bare minimum. The more burdens you put on your already burdened shoulders, the more likely you are to crumble beneath the weight of it all. I loved what my friend created at home - a “bare minimum chart.” Whatever it might be for you, reducing the burden is the best thing at a time like this.
Don’t guilt or shame yourself for where you are. So you ate the cookies. So you watched eight hours of Netflix. So you _____. As long as it wasn’t illegal (at which point you should make amends), don’t make it worse by punishing yourself. You’re an adult, and you can decide what you do with and to your body. Criticizing yourself is only going to keep you from making progress in the areas you actually are ready to change, which is the one place you should be focusing on. And, yes, eating one less cookie a day counts as progress!
Most of all, remember that while you may have to stay a body length away from the universe, you’re not alone. The collective nature of this time is that we’re all in this together, struggling and piece-mealing together a new existence - essentially, we’re pioneers!
And, we will get through this.
If you could use some support in the wellness arena, be it workouts, nutrition, emotional wellness, etc., learn more at www.517transformed.com or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. During shelter in place, we are offering free virtual cardio classes weekdays at 12:15. Sign up for those here.
Jennette Holzworth, 5:17 Total Body Transformations
Jennette Holzworth is the founder and CEO of 5:17 Total Body Transformations, a wellness company based in Campbell, California, that uses food and fitness as tools to empower women to realize their full potential. This wife, mom, and outdoors enthusiast is also an author and international speaker who uses her experience as a personal trainer and entrepreneur to inspire women to boldly pursue their passions and calling. Follow her authentic Instagram feed at @jfholzworth or email her at email@example.com.