Do you ever have deja vu Mrs Lancaster?
I’m sure at the moment it feels like Groundhog Day for a lot of people. Especially us Victorians.
Other than the small minority who can still work, eat and play as if nothing has happened, the reality for others is quite the opposite.
After being locked up like animals for weeks on end and still unsure where the finish line is it’s fair to say our spirit and hope is taking a proper beating.
And speaking to many people over the past couple of weeks, there’s definitely a common theme in every conversation.
There’s good days and there’s bad days. There’s a sense of anticipation and hope mixed in with disappointment, frustration and fear. Emotions are high and it feels like most people have had enough.
I get it. I feel the same. My emotions are all over the shop too.
It’s quite bizarre waking up everyday and taking in the extraordinary position we find ourselves.
Under constant supervision, a curfew, banned from working, under house arrest, can’t see people, limits on breathing fresh air and exercising, there’s pretty much restrictions on everything we can do.
I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying this but these conditions are akin to those that criminals endure or those taken prisoner in wars. It’s just incredible.
For those allowed to roam freely about and work and just be as if nothing has happened – we envy you!
Who would have thought at the start of the year a work permit would soon be considered a luxury in your own state.
I think the hardest part is not knowing when this will end. This is why it sorta feels like Groundhog Day. Almost like a bad dream on repeat.
But just like the movie, even though it feels like the same day, day in/day out we all still have the opportunity to make choices on how we tackle our Groundhog Day.
Even though most of us are in a ‘shit’ situation we still have super important choices to make every day on how we spend our time.
So make a choice on which Groundhog Day you wanna go through. It just requires a little more effort at a time like this to create a reality that brings you positivity, peace and contentment.
Here’s some simple reminders you can work on to help turn a ‘shit’ situation into a ‘good’ one…
Wake up knowing you’re another day closer to experiencing the freedoms that have been temporarily taken away.
Take one day at a time.
Make time for yourself to exercise.
Guard your mind diligently. Be mindful of negative thoughts creeping in. Question their validity rigorously and then either let them go or turn them into positives. Remember your thoughts create your reality.
Appreciate what you already have.
Be on the lookout for tiny snippets of joy throughout each day and thoroughly enjoy them. Make use of the sun when you can. Laugh. Love. Play. Give. Even if it’s by yourself.
Make time to plan and set goals for your future.
Remind yourself of the endless opportunities that come from being challenged.
Be ok experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. It’s called being human. Cry and laugh until you can’t anymore. Let it out. It’s therapeutic.
Relax. Consciously switch off. Read, meditate, paint, play a game, cook, pamper yourself. Whatever floats your boat.
Let go of trying to control anything externally.
Stop surrounding yourself with negativity including news and social media that only feeds and reinforces anger, sadness, fear or excessive drama. It’s simply unnecessary.
As hard as it is, try not to dwell in the past or predict too much. Try and stay in the moment as much as possible otherwise you could find yourself going down one ginormous rabbit hole.
And most importantly in my opinion – Embrace the unknown and understand it builds strength within you. You are becoming a tougher and more resilient bugger every day. Don’t underestimate how powerful a tool this will be for your future self so hang in there.
The IFP team are with you. We’ve got your back. And as always, if you need anything from us please reach out.
Happy Groundhog Day.
‘’If you have a body, we can help you’’
Infinite Fitness Peninsula