Sometimes we just feel stuck.
Like we’re in a place and we can’t move forward.
Trapped within our own thoughts.
The constant battle of the hurry up and wait in life, alongside the new or fairly new addition of quarantine does not do any favours in these situations.
In some cases we can feel trapped in our own homes with our families, left with very little space to ourselves. With holidays rapidly approaching we’re faced with coming up with new traditions on a smaller scale. At the same time, we’re trying to keep our local economies in check while shopping locally, all while balancing a budget and keeping everyone happy, healthy and sane. This can be a tall order at the best of times.
Trying to keep up with the fast-moving pace of life, let alone the constant battle that is the year 2020 – sitting still or moving forward can seem like a mountainous task. When it feels like we’re constantly taking one step forward only to fall two steps back, just to keep in line with ever changing regulations, it can quickly become exhausting.
While these regulations are in place with our health and safety in mind and should definitely be followed to the best of our abilities so that we can all, hopefully soon, make it out ahead of this. It still remain a struggle for most.
With physical health and well-being the forefront of our conversations, the physical well-being that we would normally keep up with by using gyms and other fitness groups has been replaced with home gyms, solo workouts and new strategies. At the same time, a lot of us are sacrificing our healthy habits to the lull and monotony of a quarantine lifestyle where it can be hard to keep your active goals a priority.
One of the best things you can do to keep the forward momentum, is setting aside space for yourself to take a walk or a run.
One of the things that this year has shown is the power of community and with it being the holidays, this power his shone ever brighter.
Christmas lights are in full force and while we may have traditionally driven around to take in the sights, perhaps taking a walk at night time could be a new tradition that we all set for ourselves.
This allows us to not only take in the beautiful sights, and the hard work and efforts that our communities have put forward, but allows us space for ourselves. It also allows time for ourselves to wipe our mental slates clean and refresh and rejuvenate ourselves.
It can be a time where we walk to connect with our thoughts, or for a walk where we disengage from them. We can de-stress and declutter our minds. Embracing the opportunity for a little slice of peace.
While getting in the habit of taking a walk at the end of the day can be overwhelming and seem like the furthest idea of a way to relax, once you’re in the routine you may actually find yourself craving this end of day ritual.
As the weather turns, the days grow shorter and we find less and less ways and reasons to connect with the outdoors – this is a great way to embrace Canada on a whole.
Getting fresh air, clearing our minds, and taking in the beauty that is Christmas.
All while staying socially distanced, spending no money and enjoying the efforts our communities have put forward in making this a memorable year.
Memorable not because it was the year we spent apart, but the year we found new ways to not just survive – but thrive.
Adapting to things we never thought possible and coming out ahead.
Finding not just the silver lining, but the true meaning of Christmas, community, and the little things.
Guest Blogger Rayna Davies
Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management. She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security. Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details. These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities. She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration. Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.