As one of Thomas Rhett’s songs famously proclaims, “Life changes!”
There have been SO MANY changes within the past few weeks…seasons are changing, we are working remotely, school has gone online, workout habits have been disrupted, eating habits are shifting, mindsets are constantly in flux with the immediate threat of this virus and the anticipated changes it could potentially bring about socially and economically. How do we handle so much change? I wanted to offer you a couple of the ways my family, my team, and I have been navigating the confusion:
Oftentimes, this is the last thing we want to do in the midst of change. When everything is changing around us, our first instinct is to grapple for control…we want to preserve some sense of normalcy and comfort when chaos ensues. However, as much as we try, there are things in life we simply cannot control and to those things, we must surrender. By surrendering, we are better able to focus on the things we can control. The goal here is progress, not perfection and being willing to embrace the messiness of learning new things. Everything will not be perfect, but it can still be fulfilling. Throw your hands up and embrace the imperfect with me!
Try Something New
New can sometimes be scary, but nearly everything is new for EVERYONE during this season. Do not be afraid to put yourself out there (most people won’t even know because of social distancing anyway.) Perhaps you are frustrated that gyms are closed. Ask yourself, What type of body weight workout could I try? or What does an interval run look like? Maybe your “new” is having a cocktail at 4 p.m. after a long day of remote work and homeschooling your kids because it gives you something to look forward to. Whatever your “new” is, a season of change is an opportunity to take up a new routine, hobby, or habit.
Set a sustainable goal for yourself to get up and moving each day. I try to aim for at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Taking a sweat break is proven to trigger endorphins and serotonin in your brain. When these chemicals are released in your brain, they evoke feelings of happiness and focus, both things we could all use right now! Your time of activity could mean a dance party in the kitchen with your kids, taking your dog for a walk, or exploring a new hiking spot. Find something you love and make that activity a daily habit for you. Watch how your focus and mood take a turn for the better!
What are some other constructive ways to cope with change? Comment your favorites below.