In a few short weeks, terms that had previously been used to describe events happening in other countries and to other people have become our new world. The amount of change we have been subjected to in the past 7-10 days is unprecedented in today’s age. Most of us are now either working from home, unemployed at home, or caring for children who are now without spring break camps and school. We have been told to stay inside unless absolutely necessary and distance ourselves (physically) from as much of our community as possible.

So how do we find a way to do more than just survive in the midst of this crisis? Below are some suggestions for staying sane in all the uncertainty.

Stay productive, but not too productive

Do try to take advantage of any “extra time” you may have to finish or start projects you have been unable to attend to. However, do not feel obligated to fill every hour. Our world moved too fast for most of us before all of these changes and this is a perfect time to slow down.

Interact with friends…just not physically

Skype, FaceTime, phone calls, whatever. Reach out, visit, and check in. Community is important in times like these, and thanks to technology, we don’t have to be in the same space to feel together. Things are changing rapidly and keeping in touch with your community can help everyone deal with the stress more effectively.

Stay active

There will  be more posts on this later, but walks outside (if you are able); at home workouts; or any other kind of physical activity is still important. You don’t need to set crazy health goals or lofty expectations, just move whenever possible in as many ways as possible and get your family involved. Exercise reduces stress along with many other benefits.

A quick example for a fun active game with kids: Twister! The regular game alone is a great active challenge but you can level up by making extra rules like having to stay in a plank formation or hopping on one foot to reach the next colour etc. Get creative and have fun!

Don’t have twister? You can create a DIY version with a shower curtain and paint or felt markers. There are tons of tutorials online for this.

Stay tuned for online workouts for at home!

Be proactive but not panicked

Take the time to set your family and yourself up in a way that makes you feel safe. Discuss a hygiene protocol and set up a system to make that easy to accomplish. When you have that panicked feeling that you absolutely need to accomplish or buy something, take a moment, breathe, and discuss this feeling with your loved ones. Perhaps you don’t need to rush out immediately and buy “just in case” items. Maybe you just need to take a time out and refocus.

Media tells us to buy a lot of things in times like these and it can be difficult to figure what is actually necessary. Try to take the time to think and not just react.

Limit your information input

Set a limit on how many COVID-19 updates you encounter during the day. This can be done either on your own or with the help of apps that limit access to social media or other apps. Be cognizant that constantly having to react to scary or stressful information is not to your benefit and can affect your health.

Make sure people in your household get “me time”

Everyone deals with stress differently. Communicate with your family to make sure that you can get time away from each other if needed. That could mean being in a room alone or just having family quiet time. Parents, this is especially important for you and it is not an easy thing to prioritize, but do your best to make sure you get some time to yourself.

These are just a few tips to help with the massive adjustments we are all dealing with right now. We at Fitness Science are so appreciative of this community and we hope to see you all in person once it is safe to do so. Until then please do not hesitate to reach out via email and stay tuned for more online content.

Yours in health and performance,
Sido and the Fitness Science team