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FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE | reframing your thoughts

I choose to be content with my current situation because I get to focus on loads of things I’ve been neglecting for the longest time. I’m a huge fan of switching things up, as I find it super motivating. One way to manage your mental health is to reframe your thoughts. In a time of panic and negativity, choose to focus on the positives. Regardless of your thoughts on social distancing, there is no good that will come from focusing on the things you hate about it.

No gym? Home Workouts! Use this time to focus things you’ve been neglecting at them gym. Does it suck that your gym is closed? Of course, but let’s make the best of it! Fix any muscle imbalances by improving your flexibility, working on your balance, and focusing on unilateral training. Maximize your cardiovascular health by implementing some bodyweight high-intensity interval training (HIIT) into your routine. There are in infinite number of exercises you can do with just your bodyweight, hip circles, resistance bands, and dumbbells. Your current situation is NOT an excuse to be lazy. Honestly, switching up how you train is so useful for your body. Though you want to stick to your normal gym routine, set some goals on things like push-ups, planks, and sit-ups and accomplish them in the next month. Shift your goals temporarily.

Stuck at Home? Time to Catch Up! You’re probably paying an arm and a leg in rent or mortgage payments, so enjoy the time you get to spend in your well-deserved home. Use this time to finally complete that home project that has been on your mind. Catch up on laundry, organizing, and cleaning. Rearrange your room and do some spring cleaning. Declutter your life.

Restaurants Closed? Time to Cook! We all know that cooking our own meals is better for us than eating out, so this is a perfect time to mandatorily fend for yourself. Get creative in the kitchen or start slow by making easy meals. If you’re inexperienced in the kitchen, this is a perfect time to learn. Educate yourself on nutrition. Let this be a sign that it’s time to take care of your nutrition. My nutrition is my top priority right now (right after sleep 😊).

Working from Home? You’re Doing Your Part. If your job does not require you to physically go into work, the only thing you can do to help is to practice social distancing. I realize how lucky I am to have a job flexible enough to accommodate working from home and for that I am thankful to still receive normal paychecks. If you’re not a homebody and are discouraged that you are home constantly, think about all the people that you’re keeping safe in the off chance that you are carrying a virus without even knowing.

A HUGE thank you to the professions that are caring for our people and are keeping food in our fridges. Maybe we can spot the hatred in the world and learn to love again. Let’s make the absolutely best of whatever situation we are in, today and every day to live a happier and healthier life.


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