Wow, where to start, these past few days have definitely been a little stressful and with constant news updates in a fast changing situation, it feels like we are living in a very different world to the one we are used to. It makes you wonder how to keep you and your family safe during this time.
The sense of fear is heightened and anxiety levels high, I thought what can we do to rally our community? Community is at the centre of what we do and it is so important that no one feels isolated or lonely at this time. So it’s business as usual, classes are on and we are here for a chat – as we always are. Following those important guidelines to keep us safe – hand washing, hand sanitiser, anti bacterial cleaning products and well ventilated venues. Which actually for us is what we do all the time!
You may be thinking how to keep you and your family safe at this time? What are the best things to do and action, that are quick and easy? With my health and fitness hat on, we should be looking to control the controllables’ i.e. what can we actually do. This will make us feel much more positive and its much better for your head!
- Hydration, how much are you drinking? Our cells rely on water to do their job, help them be more efficient by drinking lots of water. Its also great for flushing out toxins.
- Nutrient, have you eaten a rainbow? An easy one to skip for yourself but aim to eat ‘nutrient dense’ foods that will fuel your system with vitamins and minerals. The fresher the better.
- Sleep – do you feel rested? Sleep is when our cells renew and your body rests and re regulates itself. If you are grabbing coffee and caffeine to give your self a kick then maybe a nap would be a better idea.
- Fresh air, did you get some today? Blow out the cobwebs, get in some steps and clear your head. Fingers crossed you may even get a little Vit D too. Even better, walk somewhere green and take a walk through nature for a more calming experience.
- Stress, are you managing it? What are your strategies for stress management? Do you go out for a walk, read a book, run a bath, listen to a podcast? Breathing is a ‘go to’ for me to reduce your heart rate and create a sense of calm.
- Movement – are you doing any? This is my ultimate stress relieving, head clearing think that I can control. Ease tight muscles, stretch, move and get that endorphin hit. It doesn’t matter what, or how. We know exercise has a really positive impact on mental health too.
- Stay informed – keep an eye on the latest information from the Government so that you are able to focus on the facts and how best to protect yourself and your family.
I hope as I write this it is useful, no matter what the politics and our opinions on what should happen next I really hope that two things happen. We are all safe, and this is over soon.
With our ‘Great British Spirit’ may we ‘Be calm, and Carry On’ with our lives as normally as possible.
If you’re self-isolating, or worried about making your next class, book now to join a class online and workout from the comfort and safety if your own home. I