When I think of spring this year, I have this picture in my mind. We are walking, one by one, out of a dark cave. Hands cupped over our eyes to shield the bright sun, we emerge disheveled & unsure. Majority of us are in oversized sweatpants and pajamas. (ok some of us have a nice shirt on for zoom calls) But we are tired, unsocialized, and feeling a mix of excitement & anxiety that the world is opening back up.
It’s been over a year of hibernation. We look around and although it’s the same world, it’s very different. Life has changed. There are some who never left. They’ve hit a new level of exhaustion we didn’t know existed. As happy as we are to escape, we immediately grow uneasy. Some of us haven’t worn “real clothes” in months, we haven’t seen friends in a long time. Can we even see them now? We tense up from all the unknowns. We feel uncomfortable in our own skin. The discomfort whispers “you can’t do this, go back” and we freeze in our tracks.
If you can relate with this picture, covid has undoubtedly pushed its way into many aspects of your life. As a result, we are experiencing a spring like never before. Fear creeps in daily. The last year has been down right traumatizing. As hard as it feels, remember this, you are not alone. These changes didn’t happen overnight, it’s been over a year of masks, isolation, and restrictions that have wedged their way between us and our old life.
Clearly, it’s time to make changes. Don’t step backwards! Try to focus on putting one foot in front of the other. Whether you want to lose weight or incorporate an active lifestyle, just take small steps – tangible, applicable baby steps. You – can – do – it! Be gentle with yourself, start slow. Move a little more in the right direction every day, rest assured, you will make it happen. I believe in you.