Lifestyle 16 March 2017
It was July of 2011, when a friend posted in our local moms' group that she was planning to host a psychic party at her home with a renown psychic medium who boasts A-lister clientele. It seemed like perfect timing as that same exact week, I had been overcome with the notion that my 11-month-old son had been carrying on conversations from his crib with my deceased maternal grandfather.
Even though I was excited, I was still filled with skepticism while waiting my turn. My name was finally called to go into the room where the psychic was meeting with each mom privately for the readings. I hadn’t even walked two steps into the room when he turned to me and said, “Normally I ask a couple questions before we get started but I can’t even ask anything because your maternal grandfather is here with us and needing to make his presence known. He wants you to know that he is your guardian angel and will always be for the rest of your life.”
From that moment, I was not only a total emotional mess but also all ears. After initially setting the tone by calling out my grandfather, the psychic continued on about my life and hit the nail on the head about so many things. So, when he made his predictions about my career, he definitely had himself a captive audience.
“I am looking at your career and I see great success in your future," he said. "Success is inevitable. You’re still learning at this point in your career but you’re acquiring all the skills … you will start a new endeavor in the future and it’s going to be great. I see March as a month where the floodgates open for you.”
I was so excited to hear this because I had left an executive level agency position to start my own consulting business in order to be home with my son. At that time in my life, I needed all the reassurance I could get that I hadn’t committed financial and/or career suicide. After the reading, I felt positive and invigorated about all aspects of my life.
Imagine my surprise the next day when I got a call from my biggest client to tell me they had just been acquired and were moving all marketing in-house. I was given my 30 days’ notice. I was totally bewildered; the psychic had been so right about everything - how could he have been so off about my career? In spite of this devastating call, the psychic’s words still rang in my head “Success is inevitable.” The days following, I networked with everyone I knew and landed a bigger and better client gig before my 30 days was even up.
Since that time, there have continued to be setbacks and sleepless nights in my career but I always go back to that psychic reading when I’m feeling downhearted. “Success is inevitable.” Whether the psychic is authentic or not, he has managed to plant a seed of positive thinking that has carried me throughout these past six years. Fast-forward to March of 2015, when I launched my current business: Gugu Guru. (Per the psychic’s prediction, the flood gates would open in March and they sure did!) Like everything else in my entrepreneurial journey, I have had some really high highs and really low lows with building this new business but I continue to go back to my mantra and it always seems to come through for me. “Success is inevitable.”
So, my fellow entrepreneurs, do I suggest that you go to a psychic medium? Not necessarily.
Truth is, who knows how things would have played out if that psychic had not opened the reading so powerfully by naming my grandfather. However, I do recommend that you find your success mantra and fully trust in the power of positive thinking. I have no real way of measuring the impact it has had on my career, but I know it’s been profound. If you truly believe that failure is not even a remote possibility in any aspect of your life, consider how it could possibly change the way you do things and the effect that it could have on your life every single day.
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With a lack of certainty surrounding the future, being and feeling healthy may help bring the security that you need during these unpredictable times.
When it comes to your health, there is a direct relationship between nutrition and physical activity that play an enormous part in physical, mental, and social well-being. As COVID-19 continues to impact almost every aspect of our lives, the uncertainty of the future may seem looming. Sometimes improvisation is necessary, and understanding how to stay healthy and fit can significantly help you manage your well-being during these times.
Tip 1: Communicate with your current wellness providers and set a plan
Gyms, group fitness studios, trainers, and professionals can help you to lay out a plan that will either keep you on track through all of the changes and restrictions or help you to get back on the ball so that all of your health objectives are met.
Most facilities and providers are setting plans to provide for their clients and customers to accommodate the unpredictable future. The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C. An enormous amount is on the table for this coming fall and winter; if your gym closes again, what is your plan? If outdoor exercising is not an option due to the weather, what is your plan? Leaving things to chance will significantly increase your chances of falling off of your regimen and will make consistency a big problem.
The key to remaining consistent is to have solid plans in place. This means setting a plan A, plan B, and perhaps even a plan C.
Tip 2: Stay active for both mental and physical health benefits
The rise of stress and anxiety as a result of the uncertainty around COVID-19 has affected everyone in some way. Staying active by exercising helps alleviate stress by releasing chemicals like serotonin and endorphins in your brain. In turn, these released chemicals can help improve your mood and even reduce risk of depression and cognitive decline. Additionally, physical activity can help boost your immune system and provide long term health benefits.
With the new work-from-home norm, it can be easy to bypass how much time you are spending sedentary. Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity. Struggling to find ways to stay active? Start simple with activities like going for a walk outside, doing a few reps in exchange for extra Netflix time, or even setting an alarm to move during your workday.
Tip 3: Start slow and strong
If you, like many others during the pandemic shift, have taken some time off of your normal fitness routine, don't push yourself to dive in head first, as this may lead to burnout, injury, and soreness. Plan to start at 50 percent of the volume and intensity of prior workouts when you return to the gym. Inactivity eats away at muscle mass, so rather than focusing on cardio, head to the weights or resistance bands and work on rebuilding your strength.
Be aware of your sitting time and balance it with activity.
Tip 4: If your gym is open, prepare to sanitize
In a study published earlier this year, researchers found drug-resistant bacteria, the flu virus, and other pathogens on about 25 percent of the surfaces they tested in multiple athletic training facilities. Even with heightened gym cleaning procedures in place for many facilities, if you are returning to the gym, ensuring that you disinfect any surfaces before and after using them is key.
When spraying disinfectant, wait a few minutes to kill the germs before wiping down the equipment. Also, don't forget to wash your hands frequently. In an enclosed space where many people are breathing heavier than usual, this can allow for a possible increase in virus droplets, so make sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Staying in the know and preparing for new gym policies will make it easy to return to these types of facilities as protocols and mutual respect can be agreed upon.
Tip 5: Have a good routine that extends outside of just your fitness
From work to working out, many routines have faltered during the COVID pandemic. If getting back into the routine seems daunting, investing in a new exercise machine, trainer, or small gadget can help to motivate you. Whether it's a larger investment such as a Peloton, a smaller device such as a Fitbit, or simply a great trainer, something new and fresh is always a great stimulus and motivator.
Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine.
Just because you are working from home with a computer available 24/7 doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your entire day to work. Setting work hours, just as you would in the office, can help you to stay focused and productive.
A good night's sleep is also integral to obtaining and maintaining a healthy and effective routine. Adults need seven or more hours of sleep per night for their best health and wellbeing, so prioritizing your sleep schedule can drastically improve your day and is an important factor to staying healthy. Make sure that when you do wake up well-rested, you are getting out of your pajamas and starting your day with a morning routine. This can help the rest of your day feel normal while the uncertainty of working from home continues.
Tip 6: Focus on food and nutrition
In addition to having a well-rounded daily routine, eating at scheduled times throughout the day can help decrease poor food choices and unhealthy cravings. Understanding the nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy can help you stay more alert, but they do vary from person to person. If you are unsure of your suggested nutritional intake, check out a nutrition calculator.
If you are someone that prefers smaller meals and more snacks throughout the day, make sure you have plenty of healthy options, like fruits, vegetables and lean proteins available (an apple a day keeps the hospital away). While you may spend most of your time from home, meal prepping and planning can make your day flow easier without having to take a break to make an entire meal in the middle of your work day. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Tip 7: Don't forget about your mental health
While focusing on daily habits and routines to improve your physical health is important, it is also a great time to turn inward and check in with yourself. Perhaps your anxiety has increased and it's impacting your work or day-to-day life. Determining the cause and taking proactive steps toward mitigating these occurrences are important.
For example, with the increase in handwashing, this can also be a great time to practice mini meditation sessions by focusing on taking deep breaths. This can reduce anxiety and even lower your blood pressure. Keeping a journal and writing out your daily thoughts or worries can also help manage stress during unpredictable times, too.
While the future of COVI9-19 and our lives may be unpredictable, you can manage your personal uncertainties by focusing on improving the lifestyle factors you can control—from staying active to having a routine and focusing on your mental health—to make sure that you emerge from this pandemic as your same old self or maybe even better.