Wow! Talk about a way to come back from a vacation...
Last week I was sipping on margaritas and soaking up the sunshine in Puerto Vallarta while the world was seemingly falling apart. While away, I chose to completely detach from social media and phone use in general. Needless to say I was in for a rude awakening upon my arrival back to the states.
Sunday morning my husband, Lee, and I went to the grocery store and were pleasantly surprised at the sight of fully stocked shelves. We were lucky. A few days later we discovered multiple stores to be completely out of meat, toilet paper, frozen foods, etc. Thank goodness I had some meal deliveries scheduled over the coming days.
After reading about the pandemic, I decided that going to the gym was probably not the best idea either.
My plan of getting back to my normal routine post-vacation was quickly diminishing.
As messages were quickly hitting my inbox from clients informing me of gym closures, I scrambled to formulate some workouts they could do at home to stay on track.
I’ve since been posting on social media different recommendations in order to better yourself during this chaotic time. That’s the purpose of this post.
Times like these are make or break it for your body both physically and mentally. So, I thought, “What better time to write my first blog post than now?”
So, here we go…
First Tip: Stop Panic Scrolling.
I get it. You’re sitting at home as you practice social distancing and get overwhelmed with anxiety about what exactly is going on in the world. So, you open up your phone to Instagram or Facebook and start panic scrolling.
I get it because I’ve done it.
Although you might think this will make you feel better and less alone, it typically instills panic about what is going to happen over the coming weeks with this virus.
People are losing income, their social life, their sense of freedom… their summer bodies they’ve been working on… it’s sad.
But, to the best of my knowledge, the best thing you can do is to stay away from everyone else, so doing something like panic scrolling isn’t going to help anyone.
Put the phone down. You won’t regret it.
Second Tip: Stick To Your Routine
You no longer have your work commute (yay!), but that doesn’t mean you’ll never have it again. So, instead of sleeping in and completely disrupting your typical morning routine, stick with it. Use that extra time that you’re typically commuting to do something that you normally ‘don’t have time’ to do.
Keep working out at the same time of day that you normally do. Sure, it might not be the same workout, but something is better than nothing and now is the prime time to ensure you’re staying healthy and fit.
When your environment changes drastically, like working from home, your behaviors tend to change. Ensure those behaviors are positive behaviors that lead you to be 1% better than yesterday. The alternative is developing negative behaviors that you’ll have to work to break in the future weeks and months once all of this chaos has dwindled down.
Third Tip: Work On Something You ‘Don’t Have Time For’
Now that you have more free time without a commute and possibly without work (sorry if that is the case… we’ll get through this!), you’ll have more time to work on the things you’ve always wanted to do:
Read, workout, track your food, meditate, walk the dog, start a business, call your Dad, journal, etc.
Typically when we say we ‘don’t have time’ it means that ‘it’s not a priority’, so this will be a true test for those of you that now indeed have the time to work on something that will better yourself.
Fourth Tip: Practice Gratitude
I did an Instagram post on this, but wanted to elaborate a bit.
In times like these it’s easy to think of all of the negative things that are happening. However, it’s also a time to think of all of the good things that are happening.
People are willingly staying at home and/or practicing strict precautions in order to help fight the spread of this virus for the well-being of the entire world. That’s HUGE. That’s something to be grateful for…
If you’re reading this, you most likely have access to a phone or computer with the internet that provides you the ability to stay connected and productive. You’re fortunate.
If you have an online business like me, you’re very fortunate. You’re even more fortunate to have clients that are supporting you during this time of uncertainty.
Do you have a partner, friend, parent, coach, pet, or roommate that you can talk to when you feel lonely during this time? Be grateful.
With that said, if you know someone who doesn’t have one of those support systems, reach out and let them know you’re here for them.
Fifth Tip: FaceTime / Skype Your Friends & Family
I saw a client the other day post on his Instagram story a picture of about 12 people on a Skype call sipping on martinis and laughing away. That was a beautiful sight.
Friends practicing physical social distancing while still socializing.
Technology is amazing. We often condemn social media and overall tech usage for causing us to be more lonely than ever, but in times like these it might be the best thing to prevent us from going stir crazy alone in our homes.
Sixth Tip: Get Outside (if possible)
If you are healthy, get outside. Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to lock yourself up in a building and never come out. It means that you need to distance yourself from large gatherings to prevent the spread of this virus.
Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Breathe in the fresh air. I challenge you to even do this without your phone. Make the best use of this time possible.
Seventh Tip: Remember You’re Not Alone
The entire world is here with you. That is something to remember. This is something most of us have never experienced before in our lives. This virus is affecting every single part of the world… pretty crazy to think about, huh?
The uncertainty is unsettling, but we’ll get through this. Stay strong.
What I’d Like To Do For You
First, I am so happy to see my community of personal trainers stand up during this time by posting home workouts on their social media platform. I’d like to do the same in a different way.
Whether your gym is closed and you’re stuck at home not knowing how to workout OR you’re just interested in filling your newly found free time with something to better yourself, I’d like to help.
I’m offering 50% off the first month of coaching during this time of uncertainty. Details of my service offerings can be found here: bodybybuckley.com/services
Using this time of social distancing to start working on your fitness and nutrition goals is one of the best things you could do.
The next time you see your friends, why not have a better body, both physically and mentally?
If you have any questions, feel free to email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org or DM on Instagram @bodybybuckley
Together, we’ll get through this.