Do you remember how it was before March 2020, before pandemic? We had a very consistent routine. We would get up at six. Walk your dog. Get some coffee. Take a shower. Get ready to go to work. Go to the gym for at least an hour. Return home. Have dinner. Enjoy a chat with family. Maybe watch a movie or some TV. Go to bed. Then, go to sleep.
That’s it! We no longer have to drive to work or go to the gym. Feeling helpless, scared, and confused. Worrying about what we did at the grocery store and if there was a virus in a recently delivered package. It was insane and we know many others felt the same way. If there are two things that we know about ourselves, it is 1) Many of us do best when we’re confined to a routine, and 2) bad things can happen when that routine gets disrupted.
What happened with us?
1. Eating too much
Many of us enjoy being around people. We found comfort in eating with people, despite not being able see my family and friends. We all felt the exact same way, we are sure. That’s why to cope with the social isolation, we started making rich comfort meals almost every day. While it’s fine to enjoy a meal like this once in a while, it’s not something you should eat every day.
There was a sense of fear, anxiety, and just plain terror about everything. Then, you felt trapped with no place to go and a loss of structure. What else can you do? Have a glass of wine? We don’t need to go to work. It’s 3 o’clock in afternoon…we’ll have a Negroni. Or two. Or three. Too many drinks can lead to a negative habit. It wasn’t because of any type of dependence.
3. Not exercising
We felt so bored, along with all the uncertainty and fear, that we couldn’t find anything to look forward too. Going to the gym was something we looked forward to every single day prior to the pandemic. We can still remember the day that we were walking to the gym when they closed the doors after a state mandate. Many people hate working out at home. Also many of us prefer to exercise in a different place and have all the equipment available. That’s why many stopped exercising after a very long time. Add in drinking and eating more than you need, and you can see the problem.
4. Don’t allow the mess to take you
We felt that we didn’t have control over what was happening. Instead of trying to control the mental space, we let it spiral out of control. This escaped into other areas of the house where we didn’t have the time to make order. Another way to say that we allowed a lot of mess to pile up. Those messes only added to my feeling of being out of control.
5. Not taking care of yourself
As we lost motivation, many people also stopped taking good care of them.
How to turn it around?
You need to get tired of it all. It was not how we lived before. We eat healthy and drink moderately. Exercise is something we enjoy doing. We enjoy a clean and tidy living space. It all comes back to the feeling that we didn’t have control over our life or a routine. Knowing these things, we can make the decision to make a healthier and better routine for ourselves. It is not easy. Bad habits are easy to slip into but difficult to break. It is much easier to do nothing than it is to do something. It takes time, especially when it comes to exercise and changing your body. It’s funny, but when you begin to see the results of hard work and dedication, it can become addictive. You want to keep improving and moving forward. You know that you have gotten into a routine. You have the power to control situations similar to yours. If we can do it, you can do it. One thing that we know is that investing in your personal style can have a positive impact on how you feel about yourself.