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Although things have improved somewhat, the pandemic continues. Life will not be back to normal for some time. It’s become a marathon, so we have to pace ourselves. Taking care of our mental and physical well being is more important than ever.


1) STAY POSITIVE
This may be the most important. We have all slipped into negativity and frustration at times because we cannot do the things we are used to being able to do. It’s natural to feel this way, but be careful it doesn’t become a habit. A negativity habit is very easy to form due to the negativity bias and hard to break. Notice if you’re on a complaining loop and try to snap out of it.

2) CUT BACK ON THE TREATS
Enough with the donuts already, I have never seen so many people walking around with so many donut boxes! It’s been kind of entertaining actually.
Yes, most of us have been indulging a little more than usual since the pandemic hit.
It’s time to get back on track. About a month ago now I decided, too many treats and cut it down to once a week. It is hard at first because sugar is addictive, so each day you crave it again, but stick with it and the cravings will go away within a few days to a week.
Limit it to one treat a week, eat healthier and the extra pounds will start to come off. Patience and persistence! PS. When you have a treat, make sure it’s actually worth it.

3) GET OUTSIDE
Get outside every day. This is imperative. Especially now that Summer has finally arrived, we have to soak it up while we can! Make time to go out for a walk, bike ride, swim each and every day, even two times a day, if you can. It’s important for your mental and physical health.

4) BE AWARE OF YOUR FEELINGS
How do you feel? We can go into auto-pilot and just plug along unaware. Notice if you’re feeling lonely, pent-up, irritable or are incessantly complaining. If you are, take steps to feel better, take control.

5) WHAT ARE YOU WATCHING?
What are you watching and how does it make you feel?
I just finished watching Ozark, and I did enjoy it, but it was pretty dark. When you watch a show regularly you can’t help but get swept up in it and think about it through-out the day. If you’re feeling down than it may be best not to watch a depressing, violent, etc. type show.
I just started watching Jane The Virgin and am really enjoying it. It’s light, fun and playful.

6) MOVE YOUR BODY
Exercise! Especially if you’re not working right now, make it your “job”. Exercise will make you feel better in so many ways, good for your physical and mental health.

7) APPRECIATE
Things could be far worse. We are not in a war, we have food, we have shelter.Given that we are really the luckiest people on earth, we can tend to forget how good we have it. There are people in this world, right now, who are suffering for lack of food, shelter, safety and worse. Appreciate what we have, because we really do have so much.

Hang in there everybody!

Accept what you cannot accept. Swimming against the current is exhausting – go with the current instead, life will be much easier.

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Hi everyone,

Hope you are keeping well. Who would have ever thought that we would be in this situation?!

It feels like a movie (have you seen Contagion? It is exactly this!).

The stress and anxiety sometimes gets to me, but overall I am feeling calm and know that this will eventually pass. It’s been a good time to reflect on life and appreciate what we have.

I’ve had a post-it note up on my wall forever, now it applies more than ever:

ACTION IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR ANXIETY

That anxiety, stress and fear we are feeling is in our bodies. We need to get it out. I find physical movement is the best way. Make sure you are not holding it in, breath and move!

I find that going for bike rides, listening to upbeat music, dancing and of course exercising does wonders. Always makes me feel better!

Getting outside is also important, getting fresh air and a different perspective. We have been so lucky with amazing weather and our city has never been more beautiful, we are so lucky to live here.

Teaching my classes and seeing your faces has also been so grounding. Thank you for joining me. It’s been a huge learning curve, it’s wonderful to learn new things.

Helping others is another way to take action. Here are 3 things you can do to help right now:

1) Give Blood
Given the situation, blood donation is very low. Consider donating if you qualify.

2) Assist Seniors
This website connects you with seniors who need assistance. Things you can do range from cooking, delivering food, shopping for groceries, driving to appointments or a phone visit.

3) Help Medical Professionals
Food delivery services are oversubscribed. Front-line medical professionals do not want to go inside grocery stores and expose the public. Volunteers are matched with a medical professional in their neighbourhood by postal code to help with delivery.

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A very powerful message.

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I just realized this morning that an elephant has been standing on my chest.

Although I feel I’ve been fairly calm about this whole thing – in large part because I do not watch or listen to the news. It has affected me.

Feeling the energy of people around me, hearing the stories and seeing the empty store shelves has made me anxious.

When I finally recognized that it was anxiety in a big ball in my chest it dissipated a little. I noticed that I was taking short breaths and my thoughts were spinning with worry. Having this awareness is so helpful.

Although it seems impossible not to talk about, I have been making an effort to not repeat the same stories over and over to everyone I talk to. When I get together with a friend (no touching), we agree to not talk about it, but we inevitably go back to it over and over until we notice and stop again. It is such a respite to take a break from talking about it!

Here’s what you can do to decrease the anxiety:

  • Notice your thoughts
  • Notice your breath and take deep breaths
  • Do something that will occupy your mind:
    • watch a movie or show
    • actively listen to music
    • put on music that you love and dance
    • meditate – love the Calm APP
  • get out in nature: a walk on the beach, forest, bike ride, etc.
  • read a book
  • read my blog! (there’s 9 years of posts!)
  • do a puzzle!
  • listen to a podcast
  • limit or stay off social media
  • cut down or cut out the news (people will tell you the important bits) check the government website instead
  • stop spreading the horror stories
  • choose to talk about other things
  • don’t feed into others anxiety, try to calm them down with compassion, not judgement

We are very lucky that the weather has been amazingly beautiful, make sure to take some time enjoy it!

The main thing you can do to protect yourself is WASH YOUR HANDS and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE and keep a social distance, no hugs and kisses.   

Also remember to:

– Sneeze or cough into your elbow or tissue, not your hand (regardless of the reason for the cough/sneeze, even allergies, etc.)
– Wash your hands immediately after you blow your nose
– Put your sleeve over your hand when opening doors
– Use your elbow to push the elevator button
– Focus on eating healthy, drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and exercising to boost your IMMUNITY
– Take immunity boosting vitamins
– Exercise is a great anxiety and stress reliever
– Listen to your body, rest if you need it
– Stay home if you’re sick

HERE’S A MEDIATION FOR YOU:

(from elizabeth gilbert)

Look at your current surroundings.

Name 5 things that you can see

4 things that you can hear 3 things that you can feel

2 things that you can smell

1 thing that you can taste

There.

Now you have landed in this moment, in this place.

And this moment, in this place,

is the only time and place where we ever have a chance to find peace.

by tallie nat

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Every joy disappoints.
What’s here doesn’t please you, what’s far off you crave.
                                                                               ~Anne Carson

I could so relate to this.

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This Valentine’s Day let’s love OURSELVES:

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For more than 30 years, psychologist Ming Kuo has studied the effects of nature on humans. She  became intrigued by the positive effects of nature after she started to dig into the data. “It’s only when you look at the patterns of what people are like with more and less access to nature that you start to see this pattern”.

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“Nature is like a multi-vitamin”
I have always felt this my own body!
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I highly recommend you listen to this fascinating podcast: LISTEN HERE
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#wisdom

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SELF-Esteem. Thoughts?

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I was really touched by this video of Mr. Rogers testifying before the Senate Committee to defend funding for the newly formed non-profit  PBS. Forty-nine years later his message is more relevant than ever.

I hope you will take a few minutes to watch, it will warm your heart.

 

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Being a fitness trainer for most of my life I can be a little obsessive about being healthy, it’s actually more than a job for me, it’s my lifestyle. No one knows this better than my husband, who is under my watchful eye and the receiver of my constant advice, warnings and chastising! (Even though he doesn’t seem to hear me most of the time 😉

Every once in a while though he’ll start giving me health advice, he reads a book a friend suggests or listens to a podcast that catches his attention and suddenly he’s transformed into a health advocate like me. So lately all I’m hearing about is the importance of sleep.

I’m so happy he’s finally onboard! Okay, I admit I can’t help but feel just a teeny bit of irritation that he’s now giving me the same advice that I’ve been giving him for decades as if he’s just heard it for the first time. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining! He’s finally going to bed earlier and making a concerted effort to get 8 hours a night. He’s not so exhausted after work and is in a much better mood overall. It’s actually been quite amazing!

So what had such a huge impact on my husband? He listened to this podcast (warning there is a bit of swearing, especially at the very beginning but then it dies down).

It’s an interview with Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at Berkeley University and founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science.

It’s fascinating and full of scientific facts about sleep, I highly recommend you take a listen.Or you can read all about it in his book Why We Sleep. You can get it at the library HERE

And here’s a short video I found:

Sweet Dreams!

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