Do you ever feel like your days are melting into one? Does it take you until the middle of the day to realize that it is actually Friday and your weekend has begun? It will be three weeks and 3 days since Boris Johnson made an unprecedented address to the nation, announcing that new measures were being introduced to put the UK in a state of lockdown.
Since then, we have all been thinking or making plans to balance our time; keeping the children entertained and their school work ongoing; making the adjustment of working from home vs. the office and doing those odd jobs around the house, whilst maintaining a loving and happy home environment. Phew….that sounds exhausting!!
I don’t think anyone was prepared for the reality that was to happen. What did the lockdown actually mean? I think it is now starting to hit home and now that we had time to absorb it all and know that this will carry on for at least another four weeks, we can begin to look at things with a little more clarity.
Life is what happens when you are too busy making plans. You cannot plan for everything, because we have no control over emergencies, especially one on this scale. However, what we can control is how we choose to spend our time. How we respond or react to these situations. Do you choose to ‘sit it out’, spending your days lounging on the sofa, drinking endless glasses of wine and feeling very sorry for yourself, while you flip through the masses of motivational and workout videos on social media? Or are you a planner? Have you already thought of the next months jobs, projects or family schedules? Whatever you do, do not panic or stress or create anxiety around you or household. Instead, think about the simple things that bring joy to your life. Embark on activities or projects that add positivity and balance to you and family, no matter how big or small. Create memories now that you have the time.
It’s ok not to be ok. It’s ok not to plan, it’s ok to wear your pyjamas all day, it’s ok not to have a schedule. As long as you are happy and content. HOWEVER, if you are finding it difficult to get through your days and need some motivation, support and encouragement then don’t be afraid to ask. Maybe you need to get involved in an activity, maybe you need to exercise to stimulate your physical and mental wellbeing, maybe you need a phone call from a friend, maybe you need a plan.
As a fitness instructor and athlete, I know how important exercise is for physical and mental growth. Which is why I encourage all of you to stay active, if only for a few minutes a day. It was great to see so many of the Squat2Fit Mums joining in our online classes via Zoom in the past weeks. It was socially, mentally and physically uplifting.
Today, I encourage you to set time aside for you, no matter what the activity. If it brings a smile to your face, then those few minutes a day are worth it. Let’s learn from the admirable Captain Tom Moore, a WW2 Veteran, who raised millions for the NHS by walking 100 laps in his garden at the age of 99.
It’s your time! However you choose to spend it, make it count.