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Life after Covid-19: Creating You Version 2.0

You can deal with far more than you think

If someone had said to you last year, that there was going to be a global pandemic and that you were going to be told by the Government that you had to self isolate in your home with only those you live with. That schools and non-essential work places would close. That around the world hundreds of thousands of people would die. What would you have done?


My guess is that you would have freaked out and gone straight into panic mode. Is that fairly accurate?


But yet here we are generally getting on with our day to day lives in our own bubbles. I’m by no means at all playing down the stress, worry and anxiety that I know people are feeling at the moment and the amazing, courageous work being done by all our frontline workers, but the possible Hollywood, apocalyptic picture you may have had in your mind if you were told this was going to happen, I’m guessing, would look very different to the reality we’re seeing now.


This just shows us how much we’re capable of dealing with - which is so much more than we think. So what else have you told yourself you’re not capable of? How can you use this learning to craft a healthier, happier you in the ‘new normal’ and what could that open up for you?



Prioritising you

You now know you can do so much more than you previously thought, so now’s the time to start planning ‘You version 2.0’. The exact same amazing human you’ve always been but with an upgrade to actually believe in yourself!


So, where do you start? You start by prioritising you and when you do, you’ll be amazed at what opens up for you.


Just like with a building, we need a good foundation to build on. You can’t take on the world if you don’t look after yourself and so below I’ve suggested some things to think about in the five main pillars that make up our health and wellbeing…



Sleep

This is often overlooked when considering our health but sleep is our foundation. Without a good night’s sleep, everything else will be an uphill struggle. How do you feel after a bad’s night sleep? Do you feel motivated to make healthy food choices, get some movement and feel positive? Not so much! It’s also the time when our body heals and repairs itself. Notice how you feel and how productive you are after a good nights sleep and a not so great one. Create good sleep habits by:


  • Going to bed at the same time every night.

  • Have a wind down hour before you go to bed and spend some time reading, have a bath or listen to music.

  • Stop screen time at least an hour before bed.

  • Reduce caffeine ideally from midday.

Nutrition

The food we eat is meant to provide our bodies with the nutrients and energy to keep us thriving, but as we’re so busy, more often than not we end up buying highly processed food on the go. This option has been taken away during this time out and so I’m guessing we’ve possibly been eating slightly better than before. As those take out services become available again, ask yourself how you feel when you eat less or unprocessed food. Notice your energy levels as soon as you’ve eaten and a couple of hours later. Then when you do eat highly processed food again, note how you feel then. The initial dopamine hit soon wears off and leaves us on a blood sugar rollercoaster, that’s not so much fun.


Every single person is different and so no one diet suits everyone. Don’t worry about a complicated diet plan, just simply eat a variety of whole foods and note how you feel afterwards. Then you know what foods give you energy and which don't, use that knowledge to eat things that work for you and make you feel good.



Movement

Just move! It doesn’t have to be hours at the gym (we can’t do that at the moment anyway), simply a walk outside is great and has the added benefit of getting you out into nature. There are also so many free workouts on YouTube to make use of. Yoga, low impact, high impact, there’s something for everyone.