The Covid-19 crisis has proven to be a formidable foe. For many people, their fitness was tested. Wellness as a whole has had a dramatic impact on how people handle the adversity presented by our current situation.
Contracting the virus is not the worst case scenario if the person is in great health with no comorbidities. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity drastically change the outcome of an infection. Fortunately, keeping these issues at bay is simple, but not easy. A healthy diet coupled with daily exercise is a proven way to help stack the odds in your favor.
The closer a person is to “fitness” on the wellness curve, the further he or she has to fall in the face of “sickness”. This applies to an individual’s mental fitness as well.
Mental resilience has proven to be paramount during the shutdown. I have personally seen the adverse effects of mental instability. As people slide further away from fitness, they are more likely to experience a myriad of mental health issues in addition to the aforementioned physical heath issues. Those who are mentally fit are more capable of managing stress and anxiety. Exercising and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone helps to build this mental resilience.
It’s understandable that this experience of social isolation has physically and mentally abused people. I think Winston Churchill’s words couldn’t apply to a situation better. “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” Use this challenge as an opportunity. An opportunity to discover your own shortcomings and attack them head on. We are coming out of this stronger than we have ever been. Do you have the guts to do it too?