With yet another lockdown in Victoria, it’s easy to get dispirited and let things go a bit. When you might have had a run or a walk after work, now you reach for a beer or a glass of wine. When you might meditate or do yoga in the morning, you just watch more mind-numbing television.
Whether you are now busier than ever, because you’re an essential worker, or have more time on your hands, because you’re not commuting or aren’t working as many hours, devoting time to physical or mental health is important. In fact, it’s more vital than ever.
So how do you get motivated to stay fit, healthy and well? Let’s look at some tips for motivation, so you can fly through lockdown and come out the other side a better you:
- Setting goals is probably the most important thing you can do. They needn’t be complex and they shouldn’t be too big a stretch. If you haven’t run in a long time, start out with a goal of running / walking a few kilometers, two or three times a week, leading up to say runs of five kilometers. If you’ve never done yoga, start with small goals that you can achieve and work your way up. Document your goals so you can look at them to help stay motivated.
- Setting goals is great, but you should also set aside time. Make times in your calendar for a walk, a run, a bike ride, yoga, meditation or whatever you want to do. And barring emergencies, don’t let anything encroach on your wellness time. It’s important and it’s for you.
- Many of us are socially motivated, which makes lockdown difficult and for some, makes sticking to a wellness routine hard as well. While restrictions still allow a walk, run or cycle with another person, technology can also help. Organise a Zoom session to do a yoga or meditation online (see more on this below).
- Find something you enjoy doing. No use walking or running if you hate it, as you’re very unlikely to keep it going for long.
- Reward yourself when you achieve your goals. A reward might be as simple as a piece of cake at the end of every week that you complete all your sessions. Or it can be a little more elaborate, such as buying a new pair of running shoes or new active clothing.
- Keep track of your progress, whether it be on paper or in an app, of which there are many that do a great job.
- While it’s important to set goals and times, and do your utmost to reach and keep them, it’s just as important not to beat yourself up when you fail to reach a goal or miss a session or two. Don’t let this be a reason to give up, just get back on track to better health as soon as you can.
Yoga and meditation online
The Karma Studio has a number of online sessions for yoga and meditation. For example, you can do a private iRest Meditation Session online at a time that suits you. You can take part in our Active, Restorative or Yin Yoga Sessions held on a variety of days and times. Or you can enjoy a Private Yoga Therapy Session in the comfort and safety of your own room.
The other benefit of choosing The Karma Studio for online wellness sessions is that once this lockdown is over you can transfer your sessions to the studio. Only if you wish, however, as we will continue to hold online sessions for those who want to take advantage of them.
Book an online session today on The Karma Studio’s website or phone or contact Jennifer on 0419 500 594.
Keep motivated to improve your wellness during lockdown with these tips from The Karma Studio.