Unless you have been living under a rock quite literally, you may have noticed the start of the world is spinning off its axis. It could be a whole blog post about just how fucked up the world is right now, but this is neither this or that. Honing in on one of the reasons for this, however, is where this article finds its relevance. We have been confined to certain practices for daily life, in all realms. Personal, occupational, and social. The list goes on and on. Quarantine is a real thing. It has been for some time now. It still is crazy to go to the store and see the sea of masks. Everyone needs to wear a mask, this is not to be taken lightly. But it is wild to see what 2020 looks like on paper. If you haven’t already lost sanity, it’s not too late to save yourself. Practice these three things to keep the straw from breaking the camel’s back.
Get moving. Who wouldn’t want to come out of quarantine flexing? Put it this way: you really don’t have much else to do. If you aren’t thinking that this is a great time to get your health in check, you are tripping. Your body is your temple, and you should treat it with the utmost respect. Quarantine is a great time to get it goin. There are tons of workouts that require zero equipment, and work from home makes it easy to swap out a long relaxing lunch for a taxing workout and quick bite before the shift starts again. Get sweaty. When you sweat and really push it, you get that fuzzy feeling that is similar to euphoria, but maybe without the intense thinking or illicit substances. A sense of pride for working out even when you didn’t want to also makes you feel good and that you did something productive that day. If your environment allows you, get out of the house. You’ve been cooped up inside for work, and most likely haven’t been getting the time outside your body needs. You have been looking a little paler, haven’t you? Now there are no excuses. Get out there.
This idea bounces right off the one above it. Gas it up. If you are working out, push it every time. Don’t want to be sore because you have something to do later? Well, there isn’t much to do. Push it. Get uncomfortable. This is huge because this mindset can transcend beyond your body. Put your brain to the test. Read a book. Learn something new. Learn something new that isn’t easy. Learn something new that you will use in the future. Learn something new that can help out your professional career. Onto that: kick ass at your job. Why not hustle and go hard? Not that you don’t already try this all the time, but put in that extra 10%. Try and go above and beyond, and see where the ceiling is. Use those things learned about above to start something. A business. An idea. A club. A project. Anything. Just make sure the fuel tank says F and that there’s always a gas station nearby.
And this ties it all together: count your blessings and be thankful. It can always be worse. No matter how dire a situation, you never know what the person down the street is going through. If you are 100% healthy, have a job, a place to live, good food, and a little cash in your pockets, be thankful. If you have all of that but one, be thankful. If you only have a couple, be thankful. People are going through very tough times because of this, and many are in a lot worse situations than you. If you are affected directly or are suffering more than others, stay strong. You will come out the other side with even more strength than before. We all get tested during our time on earth, so you could just be getting past the apex. Keep your head up and keep going.