At various time in our lives, events happened, and we were forced out of our comfort zone and into finding a ‘new normal.’ We changed jobs, had kids, got divorced, lost a loved one. Whether we were prepared for a change or not, it happened. And we adapted. This – the Coronavirus – Stay-at-Home – businesses closed – kids out of school – work from home – self-quarantine – lockdown – is really no different. The last few weeks have turned everything as we knew it upside down. We scrambled. We are sorting through the chaos. We are adapting.
Here are 6 Tips for Finding Your New Normal:
- Seek out gratitude: It’s really easy to be frustrated or short-tempered right now. Along with getting to work from home, some of you now get to take on the role of teachers for your kids. You may be spending more time together in the house with your spouse and kids than you really want to, and someone is getting on your last nerve!
This is the time that we have to sit back and count the things we are grateful for. I like to do this when I first wake up in the morning. What seems like stress now, we will miss later. This is precious time that you get to spend with your kids. (They won’t want to be around you when they are teenagers.) Be grateful if you still have a roof over your head, food on the table (even it’s some weird packaged stuff because that’s all that was left at the store), and toilet paper. Be grateful that you have daily workouts to burn off some steam and that your gym loaned you equipment! =)
- Have a plan and a schedule: You had a schedule before when you dropped the kids off at school, went to work, worked out, got dinner on the table. Now more than ever, you need to take a few minutes to plan your day. Make appointments for things you used to do automatically. Use your phone timer to remind you.
For instance, set your alarm to stop working at 5pm. If you find yourself wandering into the kitchen a little too often and mindlessly snacking, take some time in the morning to prepare and portion out your meals and snacks with a set time to take a break and enjoy.
Plan your workout at the same time of day as you did before. Set your alarm 15 minutes before a ZOOM workout class so you can change your clothes, gather your equipment and get in your workout zone. Working out is that stress relieving, time for yourself, best hour of your day – and we have heard from members that it is their ‘sanity’ and adds some normalcy in their day!
- Take action: Having a plan, a schedule and the intention is great. Now you have to execute. Write down your plan and schedule. Then each Sunday night or Monday morning, write down at least 3 things (or more) you will commit to for the week. It can even be a sticky note stuck to your bathroom mirror. Examples: 1. Four workouts this week, including 2 ZOOM classes, 2. Limit my alcohol consumption to no more than 2 drinks, 2 times per week, 3. Clean out the pantry, 4. Read for at least 10 minutes each night, 5. Three 30-minute dogs walks, 6. Drink at least 80oz of water each day.
The list goes on – it is up to you. What makes you feel good? Reduces stress? Make you feel accomplished? What helps you find a new normal?
- Find an accountability partner: Everyone can use some support, especially now. Are the people around you bringing positivity or negativity? Are they helping you stay healthy and focused on your goals, or are they bringing you down? You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with, so you may need to reach out virtually to friends outside of your house.
Luckily, here at CrossFit Grail, we have a great community of supportive people. We may come from all walks of life, but the one thing we all have in common is that we are willing to pull others up and offer support and encouragement. Just raise your hand, join us in a class, Social Hour Friday, Mindset Monday, scream it out on our community page or reach out to your Grail Trainer or Nutrition Coach. Accountability abounds in the Grail family!
- Give yourself some grace: We all handle stress differently. Things will not fall into place overnight. They may not be easy, and we won’t be perfect in trying to juggle everything. The house might be a mess. The kids may not get their schoolwork done or they might be driving you crazy. You may realize you haven’t showered in 3 days and you ate a pint of ice cream by yourself last night. It’s OK. You’ll get there. Be gentle with yourself.
- Remember – you are not alone. We are all going through this together. We may have different stresses, different worries, different focuses. But we are all under lockdown, doing the best we can with what we have. Be generous of spirit. Be generous of heart. Have empathy. Be kind.
- What are you struggling with to find your new normal?
- How can we help you?
- How can you help someone else?
- Take a few minutes to reach out to someone today who may need some support or may be able to offer you some support. We are all in this together and we will come out stronger on the other side!
~Michelle Ann Keely, CEO
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Precision Nutrition Certified Coach
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