Stress is a normal part of being human. Sometimes we have little, sometimes we have more than any person should ever have to go through. Sometimes it can feel as if the world is coming to an end. Stress is here, stress will always be here. Many things that stress us out are out of our control. What we can control is how we respond to stress.
Your alarm sounds. Already? Maybe just one snooze…
No, what must be done, will be done. You roll out of bed, the sun just barely rising up. The birds are chirping in the backyard, but besides them, not many others are up at this time.
So why are you?
No, I’m not talking about infectious viruses or actual wars. There is a much bigger problem in America, and it IS the underlying cause of many dangers, many pre-existing conditions, many hospital visits, high healthcare costs, and overall quality of life.
Our nutrition sucks.
As things continue to ever change with lockdowns and stay at home orders, one thing is for certain – this will eventually end, you and I will eventually return to work, and our previous schedules will slowly become the norm once again.
How quickly, or to what extent, is the big question. As I stated in my newsletter this week, many of my clients have improved their health during this time.
Why and how? Well in an article from two weeks ago I covered the reasons why, and maybe some of these apply to you.
As we shift back into a new, new normal, how will you take what you have learned from this time and continue to apply it if you found it especially helpful?
Well, we are about 40 or so days into this whole stay at home deal. How are things going for you health-wise? Run through a quick systems check for me:
- Physical Health
- Mental Health
- Spiritual Health
- Social Health
- Financial Health
All of these can be intertwined, and affect one another, but for the sake of this post, I want to look at physical health. Now, more than ever, we are seeing that our physical health is literally a determining factor between life or death.
For the sake of right now, let’s dive into what has happened with your health lately over the past 40 or so days.
What do you need to succeed – at anything?
The right environment?
I argue it is all of the above, in a cyclical fashion rather than linear.
I’ve never been so close to the kitchen all day. 30 to 40 steps and I am there. Any food that I want, whenever I want it. Not going to lie – it’s difficult. I have written many times before on setting up your environment for success, and how this will eventually determine your success because you can only count on willpower for so long.
No food or pill can make you invincible. However…
…that isn’t the end of the story.
You have to love the world we live in. “Never let a good crisis go to waste” is alive and well in the nutrition and fitness world.
Every single fitness trainer’s business is on life support while trying to help as many clients as possible from a computer or cell phone via Zoom. Coming up with bodyweight and minimal equipment workouts to try and best serve clients, and pivoting to full force online coaching, for the time being, is a move that everyone in the fitness industry is (should) be doing.
And then you have the nutrition people...
By now things have had time to simmer. To sink in. Realities. Potentials. What ifs and If only’s.
People are mad, scared, tired, frustrated, and are feeling forgotten – and that’s okay to feel that way.
However, like any other time we need to remember to stick to the one main principle that we always know to be true – we are in control of our thoughts and actions.
Whether or not you are a fan of Nike, we all need to heed their slogan a little bit more.
Just. Do. It.
What is this? Drill Sergeant Mike coming on strong now? No more empathy, compassion, and love? Not so fast…this is where many go wrong.