Updated: Oct 23, 2020
There are a million memes out there to identify what kind of “quarantine” personality you have. Maybe you’ve mastered a sour dough starter, maybe you’ve learned to do a handstand, and maybe you’ve binge-watched all the seasons of Seinfeld six times. But the fact of the matter is – regardless of how you’re spending your down time – this is hard. There is a lot of uncertainty, we’re living in strange times, and we are all spending more time at home than ever before. As winter (really really quickly) approaches, and the opportunities to get outside for sunshine and fresh air become less and less accessible, the question becomes – how are we going to cope when the last little bit of our mobility gets coated in a blanket of ice and snow?
I know more than a handful of people who, when this whole thing started several months ago, bought up the hand weights and kettle bells, purchased exercise bikes or treadmills, and really got themselves equipped to hunker down. But then nothing really changed. The hand weights may still be in their packaging, the exercise bike is a glorified clothing hanger, and the kettle bells got dusty. The gyms re-opened, the restaurants never really closed, life went back to almost normal, and the world carried on.
Now, as cases seem to be surging or spiking or doing whatever it is that they’re doing, and we are re-evaluating how we manage our lives around kids being homeschooled (or partially homeschooled) and working from home (or working from home sometimes) and wearing masks, and being cautious again, maybe it’s time to take a look at all that stuff you have at home, and consider whether or not working from home and working out from home are things you might want to consider. At the least, it may save you some precious time. At most, it may save you some precious sanity.
Science is our friend. It tells us that we need to stay active and keep moving to maintain our energy levels. And right now, our energy is at an all-time low because we aren’t out and about, fueling ourselves with the energy we get from friends and family and shopping excursions, and fitness classes, and brunch and coffee dates. So how can we build up our energy levels, restore our motivation and keep going during what is (not to be trite) an unprecedented time in our lives? Motivation is definitely at a standstill for most people. Not necessarily for reasons related to Covid, but certainly that is playing a part. Every time you need to find an excuse not to do the things you know you need to do for your mental and physical health, you’re going to find one. It’s human nature. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
If we can’t self-motivate, we need to fill that void with accountability.
So. How can you make yourself accountable to your own wellness? The good news is you don’t have to do it alone. Now, I’m not volunteering to shake you out of bed every morning to get you on that bike or picking up those hand weights. But, I happen to know that connecting with a group of people who are, like you, wanting to get moving and wanting to be held accountable to their own wellness, is a great place to start. Are you looking for an accountability partner or group? Let me help you find one. I live for this stuff. For those of you who know me personally, you know that I’ve been living in a state of quarantine of sorts for almost three years. I’ve got home-motivation figured out. I don’t want to break my arm patting myself on the back, but I have to say that I’m a bit of a home-motivation expert. And helping people lights me up.