Isolation Things This Physio Wants You to Remember
So, 2020, took a pretty weird turn!
At the time of writing this blog South Australia is in a state of semi-lockdown with everyone encouraged to #stayhome unless venturing out for essential supplies/medical help or essential work; people are working from home, businesses are closed or converting to online platforms if they're able to and life as we knew it is SO different.
This is temporary. But it is important. We need to do this so that we can reduce the transmission rate and help slow the spread of the virus so that our health system can cope.
There are definitely some big challenges that have faced Australians during this time; loss of income, loss of lifestyle, loss travel plans and event plans and big changes to daily routine and work life! SO many changes.
So I've put together 4 big things to remember during this challenging time!
Number 1: It's okay to not feel okay.
It is okay to not be okay right now. There are a lot of big changes happening for us all.
One minute I was running two businesses and the next: both of them have had to pretty much close due the financial strain of COVID-19 and I'm running limited Telehealth appointments (because my clients have lost their incomes too) and just doing the best I can to keep afloat. We are ALL in this same weird boat, and it will get better but for now it's okay to be feeling a bit overwhelmed, stressed, tired (it takes a lot of energy to be stressed) and unsure of what's happening in the world. I'm right there with you.
If you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious reach out to your local GP and/or take a look at the excellent resources at https://headtohealth.gov.au/covid-19-support/covid-19 to get support. And remember to check in on your friends and family as well!
Number 2: Your health is really important.
Nothing quite reminds us to value our health and invest in it like a global pandemic.
I don't know about you but I feel like as a society we have really put our health on the back burner for a while now. The focus has been on our social media accounts, working ourselves to the bone, wearing "busy" as a badge of honour and soldiering on when we are sick instead of resting, recovering and nurturing our bodies.
Maybe, one of the things we take away from this experience is getting back to taking care of ourselves, really taking care of ourselves. To eating healthy and nutritious meals, drinking water, getting enough sleep, prioritising time to really rest and recover (not just tagging #selfcare on our insta stories). To working on ourselves, to supporting our mental health, to decluttering our lives of the noise of technology, winding back the demands so that we are less stressed and more productive. Wouldn't that be amazing?!
During a pandemic, there isn't a lot that we can really control so instead... let's focus on what we can control. We can:
eat delicious and wholesome food that nourishes our bodies
drink water and hydrate our bodies
put away the technology and spend time with our families and with ourselves
move our bodies, exercise, get creative with it
declutter our lives - time to get rid of apps you don't need, turn off notifications and only check in when you want to, organise that closet that has been bothering you for ages (I've watched SO many youtube videos about cleaning and organising - anyone else? Haha!)
get back to what is really important - family, friends, home, health.
Number 3: You do not have to be constantly exercising.
I have seen a lot of people on the 'gram posting about their "isolation bodies" and I could not roll my eyes back further into my head. You don't need to be training every day and come out of isolation absolutely ripped! That's pressure that we just do not need right now.
Tuning into your body more and moving more consistently = great!
Getting addicted to constantly working out = very bad.
No only is it more likely that you'll injure yourself if you don't remember to rest and recover, it's a lot of pressure on your body which is already coping with a lot of changes at the moment. Let's remember to be kind to ourselves, move often and move well! Now is the time to improve your posture, walk more, breathe more and build a beautiful base of strength, flexibility and mobility and then progressively add challenge so the body adapts, gets rest and gets stronger over time.
There are plenty of GREAT online programs at the moment - it's been wonderful seeing so much new free content come out from Physiotherapists and trainers! If you want some recommendations, I've got a few great ones!
Number 4: Think about what things you want to keep when it is time to return to normal.
This has been playing on my mind a lot lately. And I've spoken to quite a lot of friends and family and colleagues about this. I think that this pandemic has reminded people of what is really important, it's forced us to take stock, to think about what's important and to really pause and reflect.
I don't know about you but I really reflected on this in the first few weeks of isolation and realised that I had been "burning the candle at both ends" for a really long time. I love running my businesses but there are definitely things I can do that can help me run them more smoothly, there are passion projects that have fallen to the way side and I've been chasing my tail for so long rather than sitting still, taking time and organising my life so that it can run more smoothly.
Going forward, when life starts to return to normal, I want to remind myself that I don't have to be constantly busy, it is okay to pause, to sit still and really focus on what is the most important to me: my family, my health and my passion for my work.
What things about your life need to change? What reflections have you had?
These are my 4 things that I think are worth remembering and thinking about during these crazy and challenging times. Remember that this will pass and that we are all in this together.