I can’t go to the gym.
I know, in light of everything that’s going on in the world, this seems like a ridiculous thing to even mention. It’s not like the gym is essential! You can work out at home and walk or ride a bike, so what the big deal?
It is a big deal, because for me and many others, the gym isn’t just a building with fancy equipment. The gym is a haven. It’s a welcome routine that sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s a period of time where I can concentrate on the task at hand, pushing aside the worries that seep in when I’m not so occupied.
The gym helps me stay physically fit, but it also helps me stay mentally fit and I miss it. Not just because it makes me feel physically better when I go but because it’s part of my “normal”. Let’s face it, as much as we all complain about our “boring daily routines”, right now most of us would pay money to get back to doing what we used to do.
In the meantime, we have no choice but to adapt. For me, this means finding ways to work out at home. At-home workouts don’t feel the same as going to the gym or moving around outside, but it’s still very beneficial for your physical, mental and emotional health.
I want to encourage each of you to try a Stay Home workout for 30 minutes this week. Afterwards, take a break and write down three ways it made you feel good. Or simply write down three things you’re grateful for right now. (Physical exercise can help you think more clearly).
We can’t control what is going on in the world, but we can control our attitude and thoughts.
These are uneasy times and, more than ever, paying attention to your mental health is important!
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