Our coffee chat this week was all about staying connected and not gaining “COVID-19” (Like Freshman 15) by hanging out in the kitchen, eating everything in sight.
If you haven’t seen it, go check it out here.
We joke a lot about gaining weight or being alone in our house but we know that it is not a joking matter. Depression and anxiety are at an all-time high and people are feeling lonely and scared. We get that. And we only joke as a form of “laughter as medicine” and will never take away from the seriousness of it all.
An epidemiologist says social isolation could lead to a range of mental health issues as people face the prospect of living under the current COVID-19 restrictions for months.
Sandro Galea, dean at Boston University’s School of Public Health, says the isolation, as well as, the uncertainty about how long it will last and how the pandemic will play out can all contribute to increased anxiety.
“We humans are ultimately social. We’re social creatures and we do need interaction — physical and social — with others.”
Connecting is so important during this time to keep your mind, body, and spirit healthy. We understand that. I have seen a slow decline in many people’s mental state as the isolation and unknown takes hold. We need to work together to help each other.
Get connected, stay connected and change things up. Our NORMAL has changed and will forever be different. Stop thinking, “I just want everything to go back to normal” That will not happen so to keep moving forward instead of being stuck, we need to pivot and make some changes.
Here are some tips to help you along the way:
1) It’s okay to eat chocolate. Be kind to yourself and allow the emotions you feel to be felt. And if you need some chocolate (or wine), do it!
2) That doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. Plan your day in advance so if you eat something off, you can make up for it somewhere else in your day.
3) If you do slip up and indulge, don’t punish yourself. It doesn’t mean all your hard work has been undone! Remember, it’s what you do all the time that matters, not what you do sometimes. We’re all human. Tomorrow is a new day and a clean slate. Pick up where you left off.
4) If you haven’t already, embrace home workouts. Many of us will be moving much less than usual in isolation, so your health and wellbeing need to maintain. If you have no idea what to do, our Online LIVE Interactive classes are a great place to start. These can be done in the comfort and convenience of your own home BUT with other people, so you are not alone.
5) Have a virtual meet up with friends. Have a games night with the family. Join our free KIDS CLASSES, have story time with Grandma over Facetime. Stay connected. ,
6) Remember, you’re not alone! We are all in this together, experiencing this to some extent in all areas of the world. Social distancing and self-isolation are one of the greatest acts of selflessness you can do to protect society moving forward. Stay connected to loved ones virtually. We’ll get through this!
7) Come and join our Social Distance Virtual Retreat. We are trying to navigate weight loss and wellness in times of extreme stress. Emotional eating is at the forefront, the guilt and shame are causing downward spirals and we are seeing regain happening at an unprecedented rate. We have always been committed to fostering community and encouraging connections, but in these current times of social distance – we struggled with HOW we could do this.
That is WHY we are announcing our first ever VIRTUAL Retreat!!
Date: April 18 (10am EST) – April 19 (12pm EST), 2020
Location: Your House (This is a virtual retreat, so we meet online)
** We will be donating a portion of the proceeds to a charity directly impacted by the COVID 19 crisis. **
We are here for you in every way!! Reach out – you are NOT alone!!
To Your Success,