The days are getting shorter and I think even more about wellness as we look ahead to the pandemic winter ahead.
A recent poll reported that 1 in 4 Canadians reported their mental health is worse now than in the first wave of the pandemic.
One thing I’ve missed a lot during this pandemic is the gym. It was my go-to wellness activity and I went 2-3 times a week during my lunch break.
But alas, if it’s anything the pandemic has taught us, it’s that we must do our best to adapt.
I always say that I‘m no good to anyone – my spouse, colleagues and most especially, our dear T – if I‘m not as close to my 100% as possible.
So I always make time for my personal wellbeing as this is so important, but often a challenge, to do as a special needs parent.
Here are a few ways I am making time and space for fitness and wellness during this pandemic.
Daily walks with hubby
The hubby and I are in a very privileged spot to get to work from home. It’s not without challenges, but we’re grateful to be employed.
When T went back to school, the hubby and I started walking breaks from work. We use this time to explore new parts of the neighbourhood while dreaming about the future.
One of my favourite times of the day – other than when T is in bed – is picking him up from daycare.
We spend an hour at the playground. It’s one of my happy times. It helps me unwind from work and helps T burn off his excess energy.
Running around after him certainly gives me good cardio!
Investing in Home Gym Gear
I regret pitching my dumbbells when we moved. It’s impossible to find them now and they cost a fortune in the resale market.
I recently invested in these high quality and still economical resistance band set from HomeProGym. They will never replace the gym but they are giving me a more-than-decent resistance training fix while gyms are closed.
Going for outdoor and nature hikes with T is one of my favourite things to do.
I also make time to go on walks by myself, even just around the block. It helps me clear my head.
The pandemic has motivated me to explore local trails. The photos throughout this post were from a solitary walk last week to explore the scenic and calming Port Union Waterfront and Highland Creek trails in Toronto.
Like most people, I’ve put on the COVID-19. It’s hard to keep the weight off when you’re eating 8 meals and 10 snacks a day working at home.
But generally, the hubby, T and I eat nutritious and balanced meals and also ensure we get additional vitamins and supplements as needed.
We really want T – who is a fussy eater (that’s another post) – to develop good eating habits.
I strive for 8-9 hours of sleep a night and I am thankful I mostly get that.
I know as a special needs parent, this is often the exception rather than the norm!
And complex problems seemingly become less complicated after a good night sleep!
I keep up with the news so that I am informed but I avoid “doom scrolling” and obsessively reading up on the pandemic.
I like to focus on things I can control and try not to expend energy on things beyond my control.
I know these are challenging times. I really consider my family so blessed in the grand scheme. So I focus on this as I help T continue to develop and grow during this pandemic.
What are your strategies for fitness and wellness during lockdown? Whatever you are doing, stay well and take good care!