Staying Motivated During Covid-19 Lockdown
I know this is a difficult period for you!
This is something none of us youngsters have ever experienced before.
One minute we hear about some virus outbreak in China called the 'Coronavirus,' and we hear that it's going to change the world, but don't believe it...we hold firmly onto our beliefs that it's just some 'flu bug' that will quickly pass...
BUT then all of a sudden...
We're told to close our business (which we've worked so hard to build!), and stop going to the gym - which is our sanctuary for releasing all of our problems, blowing off steam, and getting a well-needed hit of feel-good endorphins to help us cope with the daily challenges of everyday life!
What more do you want to take away from us?
Do you remember the film Braveheart with Mel Gibson?
How about when he said the famous line...
"They may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"
Well, nothing could be further than the truth!
With lives being lost every day and our freedom is restricted to a meager one outside visit per day (either to the shops, pharmacy, or to go on a walk/run).
Accept & Move On!
That said, there's nothing we can do about what's happening outside, BUT what we can do is focus on our own daily actions and use this as an opportunity to rebuild and focus on 'what we can do' rather than what we can't.
5 Tips For Staying Motivated During COVID-19 Lockdown
#1 Take Some Time Out To Plan
The first tip I'd recommend is taking some time out to reflect and think about what you are going to do with this extra time.
Maybe you're working from home and will still be very busy?
Or maybe you've been laid off and have ample amounts of spare time and are wondering what to do?
Either way, pause before doing anything. Take at least half a day (or up to a full day) to allow yourself time to think. Ask yourself the following questions:
How can I structure my new daily routine?
What are the most important areas I'd like to focus on, and how do I accomplish these each day?
What resources and people can I use to help me best get through this lockdown period?
Remember this saying, "The quality of your life is determined by the quality of questions you ask!"
#2 Workout Everyday
Working out is more important than ever!
Not only for our physical health but our mental well-being too!
We need a well-needed boost and to get up and to do some activity every single day.
I know it's not ideal not to be able to go to the gym, but you can still workout at home.
Put on your favourite Gym Wear and do some exercise first thing in the morning, either before breakfast or 1-2 hours after!
You could purchase some dumbbells or resistance bands, and also do lots of bodyweight drills such as push-ups, squats, lunges, crunches, etc.
For all you bodybuilders and fitness fanatics, one way to create extra resistance is to slow your bodyweight movements down. For example, take 5s lowering yourself to the floor on a push-up, and then 3s as you push yourself up. This popular bodybuilding method is known as TUT - Time Under Tension.
You can also use this time to go out each day and go for a run or take a walk. If you are allowed, then get out each day and get some natural light and fresh air. This will do wonders for your mind, and also help you sleep more peacefully at night.
#3 Read, Listen & Learn
With more time on your hands, why not pick up a book?
A book that will inspire you and educate you on how to lead a more exceptional quality of life.
Here are some books that I'd recommend:
- Chimp Paradox
- Mans Search For Meaning
- The Richest Man In Babylon
- Think & Grow Rich
- Ego Is The Enemy
If you're not a fan of reading, then you could download 'Audible' and listen to a book while out for your daily walk/jog.
You could also check out health and fitness blogs online and use this time to learn as much as possible about subjects you want to know more about, for example, fat loss, building muscle, watch videos, learn new exercise techniques, etc.
#4 Connect With Your Loved Ones
I know we can't see all of our loved ones, especially our grandparents, in the flesh! BUT that said we can still see them using Facetime, Skype or Zoom! You could also check in with your loved ones each day via a good old fashioned phone call!
We need each other more than ever, and it's an excellent opportunity to speak to all of the people we love and care about more often! This is even more true for people trying to survive a long-distance relationship amid the coronavirus 'lockdown'. Being apart for months on end is hard enough. Having to also deal with the financial and emotional implications that the Coronavirus has brought has made keeping in touch even more critical. Being honest with each other and keeping in touch will help you and your partner better understand each other and hopefully survive the difficult times ahead.
Reach out to your family members, check in on your friends, and be there to support those dearest to you. Find time each day, at least 10-30 minutes to check in with your loved ones. This will boost your spirit and keep you motivated.
#5 Reach Out For Help
Don't be afraid to reach out for help. We all need help, no matter how independent we think we are! We all rely on people, whether that's family, friends, staff, colleagues, etc. and we are stronger when we work together.
If you are struggling with your mental and physical health, why not reach out to an expert?
You could message them on Instagram or Facebook and ask for some advice. Or perhaps you could book in for Zoom personal training sessions or counseling sessions.
If you're struggling at the moment, please don't despair and remember you are not alone. There is plenty of help out there for you.
At Mass Aesthetics, while we design stylish gym wear, we're also interested in the welfare of our health and fitness community, and we care about YOU as a person.
Yes, we design gym clothes that make you look amazing, but we also want you to feel amazing on the inside too!
We're here to empower through this period of time (and beyond!) and are making it our mission to deliver content to support you.
Thanks for reading.