Its ok to slack during lock down, but how to get back up?
Updated: May 12
How are you doing in lock down?
Have you been using this time to get things done that you have been wanting to do for a while? Have you been trying to eat healthy and get fit? Or have you been binge eating from the cupboards, and finding it too hard to get out and get motivated?
Do you know what, it’s all ok!
Many people are putting themselves under pressure, when considering how they are spending this time, feeling emotional about what they should have accomplished at week 6 of lock down, maybe gaining a few pounds. It is harder to stay motivated in these times because most people do not have the stimulus to do daily activities and chores or keep to a routine. Plus, the human body can struggle with drastic change. This is why many people can feel anxious at certain times and periods of their life. It is way too easy to get distracted, or not have the discipline to accomplish things we have been putting off for a while.
Sometimes, putting yourself under too much pressure to achieve things makes you have a “rebel” moment and not want to do it.
So, how can we overcome this?
First of all, acceptance. If we have slacked slightly, accept that your body may have needed it. Our minds like routine, with such a drastic change in routine and such unknown situations, give yourself acceptance. Having some slack time to realign yourself is ok. Spend this time to heal, re-coupe and enjoy the quiet time before the madness again.
Have a day off, if you wake up with yet another day of feeling a little tired, unmotivated and wanting to eat everything. Do it, but do it with the mind-set that tomorrow is a new day and time to get back on track. Do something which makes you feel better, have a pamper, speak to people who make you feel good, read a book, listen to a pod cast, write your to do list and start again tomorrow.
Making a to do list at the beginning of your day, and managing your time, is a great way to keep focused and ensure you feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.
Getting started is always the hardest part, there comes a time where you just need to start. Once you have taken that step, everything else will come naturally. Go for a long walk, start off with a short distance jog, wake up and have a fruit and veg smoothie, cook something creative but healthy, listen to something motivating and take action from it. The discipline to start is the hardest but will lead to great things. Setting too higher goals with no starting point will make you want to keep putting it off. If you have a goal you would like to achieve, start small and build on it.
We get so overwhelmed when considering the little time we have, the days go so quick and we put ourselves under pressure if we haven't achieved enough each day. Use this time to rest, recover, and heal when you can regardless of whether you feel ready. Find the time in your day to gain the discipline needed start a work out, go for regular walks, start a project, build a daily routine.
Your goal this week:
Drink 2 litres of Water a day.
Complete 3x work outs, no matter how big or small that may be.
Drink a green smoothie/juice or eat green fruit and veg every day.
The benefits of these goals will make you feel great!