The impacts of the Delta variant coronavirus outbreak, physical distancing and Greater Sydney lock-down measures can leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and worried. While we are in isolation and possibly experiencing these feelings, it is important that we consider how we best can look after our health and mental wellbeing.
Read on for some tips on what you can do to help look after your wellbeing, and for those around you during lockdown, as we tackle these challenging times together.
WHY ITS IMPORTANT TO LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING LOCK DOWN
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly changed the way we live. The last few weeks have been tumultuous for us, and in keeping with health guidelines, it is likely that our lives will be different for a little while yet to come.
When we aren’t able to see our friends and family regularly, it can be harder to keep on top of how we’re feeling. Being aware of how you’re feeling and knowing what you can do to look after your mental wellbeing is an important part of staying healthy during this challenging time. Something we will be working on during this time, is using it as a catalyst for establishing some new, healthier habits and working on establishing a positive frame of mind.
HERE’S HOW YOU MIGHT BE FEELING AND WHY
On top of the concerns we’re all feeling about the health impacts of a virus like this one, coronavirus has turned our lives upside down in some way or another. All of the things we’re used to doing each week – going to work/school, catching up with friends and family, playing sport, training together at Rev X, going out for dinner, on holidays etc, have mostly all ceased or at the very least, have changed drastically.
Many people have lost their jobs, been placed on a temporary stand-down or are without current work, may be taking on home-schooling responsibilities etc. Whilst we may not all be in the same exact boat; we are all weathering the same storm and there is much uncertainty about how this latest outbreak and lock down will affect jobs and the economy into the future.
For people working in health care and essential services, work pressures have never been greater. For business owners and employees in non-essential services, the stressors have never been greater either.
Under these circumstances, it is of course normal to feel anxious, overwhelmed, confused, even sad or bored. All of these feelings can take their toll, and we all need to take the time to care for ourselves and to look out for our friends, our family and our community.
SO, HERES WHAT YOU CAN DO
There are many things you can do that help contribute to taking care of your mental health and well-being.
1. Look after your PHYSICAL HEALTH
Exercising and eating well helps us stay physically and mentally healthy. Regular exercise helps us reduce the risk of health conditions, assists us in controlling our weight and body composition, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps us improve our sleep patterns.
Whilst we are currently restricted by physical distancing measures and we can’t go to the gym, visit public pools, play organized sports, attend classes, or exercise in a group (anymore), there are still PLENTY of ways that we can be active.
You can still exercise in some public spaces, or from your home. You can still participate in our online zoom classes, which are fully coached, and (we promise) WILL challenge you. You can participate with, or without equipment, and in the space you have available to you.
You can also incorporate activities into your day to improve your physical activity, like going for a walk, jog, riding a bike / scooter or even kicking a ball at the oval with your family. It could be as simple as going up and down the stairs or having an individual dance party in the living room. In any case, you will find plenty of inspiration following us and our coaches on our social media channels, and in our Rev X Members Page (you guys are awesome at supporting each other- its’ what makes our gym so special).
While it’s important to keep active on most days (or if you’re like us and want to keep active every day), it can be hard to stay motivated at the moment.
Some things that can help you keep on track include:
- Trusting in your coaches and the programming they are writing for our at-home workouts. If you haven’t already, give zoom training a try!
- Finding things that you enjoy doing… and doing