Your mental well being is important. Especially, since we are living through the pandemic. How are we going to pay our bills, will I get COVID or will I still have a job? These questions has consumed our lives. I can tell you that I did go through this process. I had fears that seem to grow each day. At times, I was afraid to go outside. Since summer has rolled around, I did subdue some of my fears.
My wife and I wanted to get away, so we rented a cabin in the woods. The Cabin was in British Columbia. That area of the province has beautiful mountains and forest that I believe is unmatched.
During our stay in the mountains, we went on hikes to enjoy the beautiful scenery. We sat near the fire while having some drinks. Just listening to the sounds of nature, relaxed my mind from the fears that seem to be gripping me.
While on this trip, I was able to talk to my wife about how I was feeling. We discuss all about the fears we were having during this pandemic. I realize from our conversation that everything thing was going to be okay. Our bills were being paid and if I do lose my job, it did not define me. We were going to make it.
On this trip, I realize that talking about my doubts with someone else helps. It is a burden to carry this around by yourself. I’m so fortunate to have a wife that is caring and always willing to listen.
I know that not everyone has someone to talk with. Here are some resources to help you find someone to communicate with.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline (open 24/7): 1-800-273-8255.
United Way Helpline (which can help you find a therapist, healthcare, or basic necessities): 1-800-233-4357
While in isolation, I have been watching a lot of shows on Netflix. Other times, I have been on online getting lost in the countless YouTube videos. My days have been blended into each other. The reason is because I was laid off. After a few days, it got me thinking. This is the perfect time to set some goals.
I started to plan out my 1, 5 and 10 year goals that I want to do. I recently, listen to Dorie Clark. She is a marketing and a strategy consultant. I know that a lot of these life coaches can be unbearable. I tend to find them a bit of a turn off. What I will say is that some of them do have some great points.
I decided to give Dorie Clark’s philosophy a try. What I like is the planning of monthly goals to reach my yearly goals. This has helped me to focus. It is very easy to do and not a stressful process.
I’m going to share some of my goals but not all. The reason is that they are personal to me.
Year One Goal: I would like to be a multimedia designer in eLearning. I did work on an eLearning program at Football Canada and would like to focus on sports again.
A monthly goal: Learn more about eLearning techniques like gamification which I have been doing.
It is a tiny sample of my goals, but it is a thought out list that I created for myself.
It will be hard trying to follow my goals. At times, it will be frustrating. As long as I try to accomplish them, I will feel proud of myself.
Some might have noticed that they have been gaining a little weight during the isolation. Maybe you’re eating a little more or have a couple of adult beverages to pass the time. Some people have been calling it the quarantine fifteen. It’s understandable since there isn’t much to do at home. Usually I keep myself busy by playing recreational basketball. Unfortunately, the virus has postponed the season. The one thing that I’m doing to stay fit is yoga…….DDP Yoga.
I downloaded the app and paid for the year subscription. The subscription allows me to use the app on four devices. The features on the app are:
MY PROGRAM – This section has a 13 week schedule of different workouts. There are three different levels. Beginner, Intermediate and Advance.
WORKOUTS – There are many different workouts to choose from. There is no schedule and you can go about it at your own pace.
TRACKER – This section keeps track of your progress, such as calories burn and weight loss.
NUTRITION – Videos of different recipes that will teach you about healthy eating.
DDP TV – Documentaries of DDP helping people on their journey to a healthy lifestyle.
Personally, I use the “My Program” feature. I like having a weekly schedule to help me strengthen my muscles and improve my flexibility. I found that using the immediate workout schedule, I was able to lose 12 pounds in a month. I will say that I have cut out refine sugar in my diet, which is making a big difference. By doing this workout, I feel great and I will be in great shape for recreational basketball. Whenever that starts.
There are many ways to stay fit during this time. There are free YouTube programs and websites that can help you fight off the pounds. I suggest trying out DDP Yoga or find a program that fits your needs. You have nothing to lose.
Here is a link to DDP Yoga.
Here is a bio of DDP.
DAREBEE – This is a great website to find a workout for yourself.