How are you doing?!
2020 has been a year that most of us would like to forget but can’t because we’re still deep within its grasps. The effects of this year have gone far past the pandemic, our economy, politics, and all the civil unrest. The unseen problems are the emotional and physical toll this year has taken on all of us. Have you noticed increased anxiety, depression, headaches, body aches, weight gain, weight loss, and an overall malaise within yourself, friends or family? When the world around us breaks our routine, everything else in our world has a tendency to fall apart. If 2020 has done anything it’s taken our normal routines and tossed them in the blender!
So what can you do? Find a routine!
Those of you that are working or going to school from home, act like you are going to work or school. Get up, work out, take a shower get dressed, and make your bed! I know it sounds silly but simply making your bed can have a crazy impact on your mood, motivation, and day! So is there some magic pixie dust in-between your sheets (who knows what some of you are doing in there…but that’s not what I’m talking about.) What making your bed does is it creates a delineation between you being asleep and awake. When you don’t make your bed, the lines can get blurred. Did the day ever start? Am I at work or school or still just lounging around. Your brain needs a clear hard stop so it can switch into the next mode. Making your bed can do that.
Now the other thing I mentioned was exercise. Exercise not only gets your blood pumping and activates your muscles but also releases endorphins that help energize and help you focus for the rest of the day. You don’t have to run 20 miles or be at a gym to count as “exercise”. Doing a few push-ups, situps and squats can be a good start to get your body moving. Maybe a little yoga or a video workout. It could also mean just putting on some of your favorite music and dancing around the living room for 15 minutes. Exercise can come in many shapes and sizes but the only true requirement is that you need to get up and move!
Try getting dressed to go to work or school, even if you are just moving from the bedroom to the kitchen. It works a lot like making the bed, in that it is creating a delineation between sleep time and productivity time. Getting dressed helps you feel good about yourself! When you look good you feel good. Put on a nice outfit, do your hair, wash your face. You will be surprised how just this little thing can affect how you feel for the entire day.
Lastly, a lot of us don’t understand how being in pain physically can affect us. Our brain only has a certain amount of capacity to deal with all the stimuli that we present it within a day. If it is using the majority of its resources to suppress that pain other vital functions are going to suffer. You might notice that you are tired all the time, not sleeping well, agitated easily, or more snappy with people. These are all signs of underlining pain. If you think something is not right, or you’re suffering from a backache or your neck only turns one way, give us a call.
We at MetaTouch are here to help you get out of pain and back to 100%