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How Do We Grow From This?

BY CATHERINE HELFERTY

 

Let’s face it, these are very uncertain times. Our lives have been changed in almost every facet. Either you are no longer working, trapped at home, and pulled out of your day-to-day routine. Or, if you are still working, you are likely under stressful circumstances and working in a high-stakes environment. The dire circumstances of COVID-19 has the potential to wreak havoc on our lives, families, physical well-being, and mental health.

So, why don’t we use these circumstances to change it up and improve ourselves instead?

I am focusing on looking at the potential of these times. Time off gives us a period away from the day-to-day grind that most of us, in one way or another, likely found ourselves in. A constant cycle of wake, eat, work, responsibilities, sleep, repeat. It is hard to establish new habits, put in place new routines and consider a different way of doing things when you are caught in an almost automated loop. Here are a few ideas of what we can do today to improve and better ourselves during our time apart.

Why not help ourselves feel better now and carry these habits over, so instead of getting “back to normal” we can create a new normal!

CHANGE UP YOUR MORNING ROUTINE

Instead of starting the day off in a rush, wake up 5-10 minutes early and set the tone for your day. Spend time quietly with no distractions enjoying your coffee, focus on deep breathing, or find your favourite quick meditation. Do something that establishes the pace and feeling you want to carry throughout the rest of your day!

FIND YOUR TYPE OF EXERCISE

Be it running, walking, yoga or a classic workout find a form of exercise that suits you. There is no right or wrong type, try something new or stick to what you love, as long as you are moving. The options are endless – ask a friend for a suggestion, download a free app, browse through YouTube. And remember, a little goes a long way, start with 10 minutes and go from there.

TRY SOMETHING NEW

How many times have you said, “if I had more time I would love to try…?”. Well now we have it! Try a new recipe, make bread, pick up a paint brush, learn an instrument, sit down and read a good old fashion book. Trying new things helps us build new skills, makes new brain connections, and expands our horizons in every aspect of our life. It is also refreshing to be doing something just because we want to!

Let’s use uncertain times to build some new certainly healthy habits! If you have questions, comments or want to know how I have implemented these suggestions feel free to reach out, catherine@vitalitytherapy.ca

Stay happy, healthy, and positive!

Catherine Helferty, I.O.

Intern of Osteopathy