You Don’t Have To ‘Make The Most’ Of This Global Pandemic

Whether you’re in lockdown or practicing social isolation, times are tough.

And it’s okay if all you feel like doing is napping, multiple times a day.

It’s okay to binge Netflix for days on end, your only exercise being treks from couch to fridge.

It’s okay if trying to work from home whilst taking care of your kids is enough — and rightly so!

It’s okay if you’d rather order take-in than cook a gourmet meal. It’s okay if that take-in is greasy, salty and comforting.

It’s okay if you don’t want to use this time to get fit, lose weight, start a side hustle, declutter your home or any of those things that are being preached to you from social media and across the internet.

You don’t have to use this global pandemic as a wellness retreat, or a Marie Kondo bootcamp, or a Masterchef course.

The important thing is to do what is best for you in order to get through this.

One day at a time.

One foot in front of the other.

If what you’re doing isn’t hurting anybody, or putting anyone in harm’s way, then do what you need to do.

If this means that you do need to set yourself some goals for some structure, or if you do want to exercise for those endorphins, go for it.

If you want to binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy whilst eating Cadbury Caramilk by the block, go for it. If you want to get abs and turn your arms into a gunshow, go for it.

But don’t feel obliged to “make the most” of this global pandemic.

You don’t have to use this time re-set or ‘better’ yourself. You don’t have to achieve anything right now except for getting through this relatively unscathed with your health and your loved ones’ health intact.

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more so, and if you feel like you’re already on the brink of what you are capable of handling emotionally, don’t burden yourself with more.

If your only goal during this pandemic is to survive physically and mentally, that’s good enough.

If you are happy to simply stay afloat rather than use this time to ‘pull ahead’, that’s good enough.

If you feel better by exercising, decluttering, or working, that’s good enough too.

Everyone gets through times of stress and uncertainty in different ways.

Just do what you need to do.

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