Stephen Walker

A year in lockdown

Posted by Stephen Walker Life Coach Over 1 Year Ago

A year of lock down, zoom fatigue, uncertainty may have left you feeling
unmotivated, or just plain tired. You may find yourself a little in a slump at
this time, or anxious without necessarily knowing why. At least I was feeling
some of all of that, and wanted to share with you the practices I am doing to
shift myself. I am happy to say it is working.

Here’s the deal. There are somethings that you can
do right now that are completely within your control to get
you back on track and feel energized.

I am enjoying the approach of spring time, as it reminds me of
blossoming and new growth energies emerging. But how can we create that
vibrancy and resilience independent of the weather and time of year?

Creating the physical, mental and emotional energy to feel vibrant and
resilient is there for you at all times to tap into. Here are some suggestions:

Find movement that moves you

I don’t know about you but I found myself moving less during this
pandemic as I was sitting on too many Zoom meetings. Finally, I decided to make
it a priority to move around, couch to 5k as well as kayaking when the weather
is good and when local lockdown rules apply. It has made a big difference.

Why? When you move, it changes your biochemistry, which changes how you
feel, how you focus, and how motivated you are. This isn’t “woo-woo” nonsense.
This is science. Creativity, passion, and clarity arise from your whole brain
and body, not from just your mind. As you move you release the tension and
start the flow of energy in your brain / body.

Cleanse / Detox

Cleanse / detox applies to your body, your environment and your

Body: Observe your diet. Claim your health by eating natural foods and
breaking free of the grip of processed foods. Make sure you are balancing your
protein, vegetables and fat. You may consider to do a detox to reset your body.
And make sure you are hydrating.

Environment: Clear your space, clear your mind. If your home and workplace is
cluttered there is a good chance that your head is too. Start with one drawer,
one room, one shelf… at a time. Inch by inch it is a cinch.

Emotions: Choose to bring joy and gratitude to everyday life, and share those
feelings. Positive emotions shared with others help us feel more energized,
make better decisions, and be more effective. Creating positive experiences
helps weaken the grip of negative thoughts and feelings.

Take time to connect to yourself and observe your thoughts and
find ways to accept whatever you find, as well as sharing (even by phone
or email, if necessary) with others.

Recharge your “battery” throughout the day

Stress is the ultimate enemy of good energy and well-being. Throughout
the day take pauses to scan your battery and recharge.