Well, the consensus is in: social distancing and community lock down contributes to lack of motivation and stress eating.
Shocked? I doubt it. In fact, I’m going to guess you’re feeling a lot of that yourself.
Being in a different routine and a different role (ie. teacher to your kids) causes our little brains to crank up the anxiety and head straight to the kitchen to soothe ourselves as best we can. It tells us, “just sit here and watch some Netflix. Everything will be ok.”
You know what, everything will be ok….mostly. Don’t sweat the small stuff, and that includes getting in those home workouts and hitting your nutrition plan. Those things are NOT the most important and can wait. Keeping your family happy, your sanity intact and balancing work and home life are the focus, along with staying home of course!
However, there’s a fine balance between not stressing these things and heading straight to F*ckitVille.
The easiest way to keep some semblance of normalcy and to make sure you’re getting in some movement is to build it into your daily routine. Because that’s really the problem right now with being at home. We are out of our normal routines and habits, which we humans love (even if someone thinks they love spontaneity more, they still have plenty of habits and routines each day).
My advice is to get back into a “normal” routine and plan in a short workout daily, even if it’s just a walk. Ideally, you’ll do it shortly after waking so it can set the tone for your mood and food choices throughout the day. It will also mean that it’s done and you won’t even have a chance to shrug it off as the day goes on.
I also encourage you to make a loose routine to follow every day so that life can feel more “normal.” When you count on certain things to happen each day (think coffee in the morning, eating lunch at noon, walking your dog after work, etc), they will make your stress and anxiety go down because it’s one less thing you need to worry about. That’s the beauty with routine and habits, they are done with your brain on autopilot so you don’t have to think so hard.
I’m not saying thinking is the problem, but in this case it might be contributing to your anxiety/boredom/etc. So figure out what works for you and your lifestyle (regardless if that includes a workout or not), write out a plan and commit to following it for a few days until it feels familiar and you don’t have to try so hard to do it.
If you’re struggling, reach out to me. This is what I do as a coach. I got you! Also, thanks to those who emailed me back last time. If there is anything I can do for you, let me know. If you feel like someone else can benefit from this info, please pass it along!