COVID-19 Blues? Now's The Perfect Time To Make Good On Your New Years Resolutions

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hopefully this post find you well, and the COVID-19 outbreak hasn’t affected you or your loved ones too grievously. However, even if you have not been directly exposed to the virus itself, it’s likely that this devastating respiratory infection has changed the way you live and work. With much of the world on lock down we now face a very different landscape to that we faced at the start of the year. You may now face significantly fewer working hours and less pay. You may even have been let go from your job altogether or maybe placed on furlough. If you run your own business or work as a freelancer, you may be stuck with much less work as your clients react to the lock down's effects on their own operations. 

For many of us, this is a time of inertia, depression and anxiety. A time when we feel as though the rug of stability has been whipped out from under us. However, as hard as it may be to see right now, this is also a time of great opportunity. A time when we can emerge from the chrysalis of self-isolation a better version of ourselves. 

It’s time to think back to all the promises we made ourselves at the start of the year, and start making good on them. 

There’s actually never been a better time than now!

Being cooped up in the house for 23 hours a day is, let’s face it, a pain in the butt for all sorts of reasons. But that doesn’t mean we can’t turn a bad situation to our advantage. The outside world is full of distractions and temptations that can keep us from reaching the goals we set for ourselves. The lockdown, however, gives you a chance to re-focus on your new years resolutions with renewed vigor by eliminating some of these barriers. Here we’ll look at the ways in which the lock down can actually help you to improve upon yourself and your circumstances.

Ask yourself, is your current job worth coming back to?

Remote working is a learning curve, to be sure. But there’s actually evidence to suggest that you could actually be more productive at home than you were in your old office. Indeed, the time you save getting your work done faster (not to mention foregoing those grueling rush hour commutes) could help you to meet your work goals. Especially if one of them was to restore your work / life balance. 

However, this is also an opportunity to be honest with yourself about your life and career. To ask yourself if this is really how you want to spend your life. And if not, to start thinking about your exit strategy. To think about what you really want to do with your life and learn more about the courses and qualifications. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life’s too short to put our loves on hold any longer.

It’s easier than ever to clean up your diet

The outside world, and especially the workplace, are anathema to maintaining a healthy diet. After a stressful morning, the allure of the fatty, sugary or salty treats in the break room vending machine can be all the more pronounced. And who among us hasn’t felt the temptation to ditch the cous cous salad and head to the nearest fast food outlet for “Fat Friday”on their lunch break at the end of the week? Not to mention the beers with the team on Friday evening.

However, now that you’re at home, those temptations are removed. You have every opportunity to head into your kitchen and make a healthy snack. What’s more, the act of cooking can actually be a much better source of stress relief than munching on a candy bar in the break room.

It’s time to load up on wholefoods. To eat more plants and less of everything else. To embrace meal prep, batch cooking and comprehensive meal planning in line with your caloric and macro nutrient requirements. And, of course, you can still get delicious food from your favorite local restaurants delivered to your door through services like Grub Hub or Postmates. 

With just a little discipline you’ll emerge from lock down leaner, happier and healthier than ever.

Create a gym you can’t ignore

It’s okay to admit it. We’ve all driven right past the gym on our way home because we’ve had a long and stressful day. Or done several laps of the parking lot before turning around and heading home because there “definitely” wasn’t a space. 

We’ve all been there. However, this is our opportunity to meet our fitness goals by creating a gym we can’t ignore. The great news is that you don’t even need any expensive equipment for this. You’d be amazed at what you can accomplish using just your own body weight to burn fat, build lean muscle mass and boost your metabolism. Here are some exercises that will give you a full body workout without the need for any equipment whatsoever. All you need is a little space to make your own. 

Be a better friend… even if it’s from a distance

In this digital age, we can all be a little insular. Especially after a long day’s work. Your Netflix watch list can seem infinitely more appealing than a sit down and catch up with a friend after you’re exhausted and stressed. You may have resolved to make more time for your friends at the start of the year. However, the lock down has made us all come to realize just how much we’ve taken our friends for granted. 

Your friends have never needed you more. Reach out to them today. Send out some text messages and start arranging a few phone calls and video chat sessions. Start reminiscing about good times and making plans for more. Your Netflix watch list will still be there when you get back. 

With the right planning and just a few lifestyle adjustments, now is the best time to start becoming the best version of yourself while on lock down. 

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