A Word from Any Neilson, local fitness and nutrition coach

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Advice for trying to love lockdown

Here we go again.  This lockdown is a weird one.

Many people are ready and excited for a reason to stay at home and reset, but that’s not the case for everyone. Many others are worried about work and events being lost and the sense of uncertainty that has been thrust back upon us.

So here are a few tips:

If you need to frame lockdown positively:

  • Precious time with your bubble that you wouldn’t otherwise have had.
  • No alarm clocks or tightly packed schedules.
  • An amazing excuse to get out your recipe book and rediscover that love of home baking.
  • Make the most of time to get out in the sunshine.
  • An opportunity to reset your work and home balance
  • The perfect opportunity to work on your business, rather than in it.

Possible causes of anxiety:

  • Uncertainty – are events still happening? When will things get back to normal?
  • Work  – what will work look like next week? Next month?
  • Wellness – will I catch Covid, or will I go nuts being stuck at home?
  • Financial worries still have a job/business next week/month?

Ways to try to overcome the stress:

  • Feed your brain   bodies sometimes struggle to tell which are perceived and which are real and immediate threats. What we feed our brain is just as important as what we feed our bodies. Vitamin D through sunlight, fresh air and good food are key.
  • Do not run from the tiger – Our bodies sometimes struggle to tell which are perceived and which are real and immediate threats.   Right now our bodies may confuse the what-if stresses of life with our need to run from a tiger. Try to avoid things that make you feel panicked. Develop a sense of control focus on simple pleasures. Home baking, hot showers, feeling the sun on your skin.
  • Stay present important not to worry about worst-case scenarios that may not happen (including reading too many views and articles that may cause stress).

If you want to chat get in touch: @amysfitnessandnutrition 027 265 0350

Amy has prepared some delicious recipes to try during lockdown – check them out here.