Things have changed so much over the past few months in the world, and so much here where I live in the last few weeks. Calgary declared a state of emergency over the weekend – schools, gyms, movie theaters, and many restaurants have closed to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
I’ve been practicing social distancing. I stayed close to home this weekend and only headed out earlier this week for a doctor’s appointment, the grocery store, and the pharmacy. While I’m not at a high risk to have complications from coronavirus, I live with someone who does, so I’ve been trying my best to stay home and wash my hands as much as I can. It’s really scary to hear the things that are coming out of Italy and I don’t want that to happen here in Canada. It’s going to take all of us working together to get through this. If it means that I have to stay home for a few weeks to help flatten the curve, then I’m more than happy to do it. It’s a small sacrifice on my part to keep others as healthy as possible.
Part of what makes this so scary for me is the uncertainty. No one has gone through this before so no one can say what’s going to happen in the future or what to expect going forward. I’m one of those people who likes to know the next five steps that I need to take, and right now I don’t even know that my next first step will be.
I was very grateful to be able to have an online therapy session yesterday. My therapist knows I’m a yoga teacher and we were talking about how I’m able to stay present during yoga. It was such a simple question, but one that really made me realize that there’s so much that I can use right now that I’ve learned from yoga. Yoga is all about being in the present moment, not trying to hurry through a tough practice or even to the next pose. It’s about being okay with how a pose looks today without comparing it to yesterday, tomorrow, or even my neighbors. Being mindful in my yoga practice is about leaving my to do list and what I’m going to make for dinner at the door of the studio and focusing on my practice instead. It’s about being present in the moment and being okay with whatever comes up for me. It’s about being okay with those feelings, experiencing them, and letting them pass. It’s about being in the present and not thinking about the future and getting lost in the “what if’s” that could happen.
All of those same things apply to life right now. With all the uncertainty right now with that’s going on, it’s easy to start thinking about the future and what it could look like. Of course I have no idea what could happen, and neither does anyone else. It’s important for me to stay in the moment – even if it’s uncomfortable – and let the feeling pass. I know it’s not going to last forever, and that’s important for me to remember.
Being present is another thing that’s so important for me to do right now too. Dealing with anxiety it’s easy to worry about the future and what could happen. I tend to do that a lot, and right now my mind immediately goes to the worse case scenario. It’s so easy to get stuck in those thoughts which just adds to my anxiety. So I’m working on staying present, and when I get caught up in thinking about the future and the unknown I have a plan to get back to the present.
Well that was a lot of heavy stuff, so I thought I would share some things that could potentially help.
Looking for some at home workouts? Check out my workouts page. I have a whole section of at home workouts as well as bodyweight workouts, and many of the other workouts can be adjusted to at home versions too.
If you’re looking to be a bit more mindful, I’ve shared a few posts about meditation on the blog.
- Using the Headspace app to meditate
- What 100 days of meditation have taught me
- How I incorporate mindfulness into my day
- My top 5 stress relievers
Here are some posts about working out at home.
Looking for some ways to stay busy while you’re at home practicing social distancing?
- Books I’m loving: January 2020
- Books every yoga teacher should read
- What I’ve been reading: December 2019
- My favorite books of 2018
I have a workout post scheduled for tomorrow. I would like to keep things as normal as possible in my little corner of the internet. It’s nice to have a bit of a break from everything else that’s happening right now. If you have any requests for posts let me know.
Otherwise stay safe. I know there’s a lot of be scared and anxious about right now, but there’s also a lot of people doing good things out there too.