BY TIFFANY JOHNSON
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What's up, MoTiFFated Mavens? I think that is new name for the So MoTiFFated community! I'm checking in to see how things are going with you these days. The whole COVID-19 situation is truly scary. It seems people are getting sick left and right, and somehow that isn't enough to convince other people to stay home and stay safe and to only go out unless they're an essential worker or when they need essential items like food, grocery, and household items. Ridiculous. STAY HOME!!
I am so thankful that I'm able to have the option to work remotely during this time, which allows for me to limit my interaction from others and practice social distancing. While most of my time is still spent working a 40-hour work week, I've somehow found a renewed sense of self. More than anything, I just needed time to be still. My life has been full of twists and turns over the past year, and being able to just be is something that has been refreshing to my mental health. Somehow in the midst of all the madness, I am somewhat calm. I have been reflecting on how far I've come, acknowledging my present, and remaining hopeful for what will come of my life.
A lot of people online have said that now is the best time to focus on yourself and to set yourself up for greatness by writing business plans, taking a new class, or learning a new skill. That is all well and good, but it is important for you to be real with yourself and to allow for yourself to feel what you feel in the moment. Whether you feel like pumping out content, watching television, or being glad that you had a healthy meal for the day, meet yourself where you are each day. This is not a productivity contest. It is real life, which happens to be traumatic for a lot of people and their families right now, myself included.
Before all of this got real, I was so proud of myself for having gotten up the nerve to head back to the gym. In college, I loved working out and it didn't really matter the form it took. I did strength training, cardio, and flipped tires. *Clears throat* I wanted all the smoke. Haha. Post grad life looked a bit different, and my back injury last year was not only a blow to my strength, but a hit to my confidence in my physical abilities. I always saw myself as She-Hulk. However, I have learned to give myself grace and consistently try to meet myself where I am in the moment. In addition to dancing around the house to music, okay more like doing the Toosie Slide, I got my hands on some workout equipment.
Hopefully, a stress reliever for me throughout this time can be beginner indoor exercises to get my baby muscles back in place. I know that I've got a medicine ball and a yoga mat around here somewhere, so I added two 5lb weights and a stability exercise ball to my collection, since my other weights are too heavy at the moment. Part of me wants to order a BOSU ball, but baby steps. My goal is to keep betting on myself and to strengthen all my endeavors by being consistent! We shall see how far my fitness goals come during this time, but I know I have to keep my body moving and heart pumping through exercise for my health.
How are you managing during this quarantine? Let me know in the comments below.
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