Much has changed in the world in recent months, and while there are still some uncertainties, many of us are preparing to re-enter society, get back to work, and otherwise resume some degree of normalcy. Of course, it may take a bit of confidence-rebuilding paired with philosophical and critical thinking strategies to make a comfortable re-entry. Ricardio PT can help you take stock of where you are, explore where you want to be, and help you find the appropriate path to achieving your goals.
Get Back in Shape
Pandemic binge-watching and a sedentary, couch-based lifestyle have left many of us standing by in comfortable stretchy pants, wondering how we’re ever going to squeeze ourselves into work clothes again. Self points out that you'll start looking and feeling better if you embark on a new exercise routine.
The physical routine will also help decrease anxiety, improve confidence, and make you feel better about your life and your overall health. If you have any underlying health conditions, or if it’s been a while since you’ve been on the treadmill, have a quick consultation with your primary care provider to make sure you’re cleared to work out.
Start Eating Right
We've all fallen into less-than-healthy eating habits, and it's now time to revisit a nutritional lifestyle that includes more whole grains, fresh fruits and produce, and less processed comfort foods. According to the American Heart Association, shopping at farmer’s markets and learning how to plan healthy meals can help put you back on the path to a healthy eating routine. If you still have a pandemic pantry full of snacks you’re trying to avoid, donate them to your local food bank, where they’ll be parceled out to families who need them.
Manage Your Stress
The pandemic created a global sense of unease, and as a result, many people have a lingering sense of anxiety. While this is normal, and to be expected, it’s not a healthy state to maintain over the long run. Learn how to better manage your stress by practicing meditation, yoga, or learning guided breathing exercises that can help you focus and tune into yourself. Adding more physical activity to your routine and ensuring you get plenty of rest and good food can aid in this effort. If you’re struggling with depression, a mental health screening might be beneficial as well.
Consider a Career Change
Chances are, the job you had pre-pandemic has changed to some extent, and it may no longer feel like a good fit. If that's the case, consider other career paths you might be interested in pursuing, or an educational pathway that would allow you to focus on new interests. If you’re interested in nursing, for example, it’s possible to go for an online degree, which makes the effort easier, more convenient and more affordable than ever. The RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, for example, offers five-week courses and a program that can be completed in roughly 14 months.
Even taking a few professional development classes can give you the confidence you need to re-enter the work world. Remember, everyone is facing a similar challenge in this respect. Talk to your supervisor, especially if you’re interested in a hybrid work schedule where you can spend part of your time working from home.
Shore Up Your Budget
Financial worries are a major source of stress for most people, but if you have equity in your home, now might be a good time to refinance your mortgage to a better rate with a lower monthly payment. If you opt for a cash-out refinance, you can have funds on hand to pay down high-interest debt, or simply stash away a nest egg that will give you a greater sense of financial security. Creating a budget and a savings plan can also be ways to feel more in control of your finances.
The world has changed significantly over the past several months, and we humans are changing with it. While we're all going through an adjustment and re-entry period, being kind to yourself, taking proactive steps toward normalcy, and fostering a positive, low-stress mindset can help you get back on the right track.
Ricardio PT can be a resource when it comes to helping you answer some introspective questions about yourself, your life, and your long-term personal and professional goals. Visit the site for more information, or contact us today to help you on your journey! Text or Whatsapp: +44 785 2408367 (or email: email@example.com).