Guest Commentator: Tiffany Griffin, Executive Recruiter, Accounting/Finance, Parker & Lynch @ParkerLynch & a member of our Membership Committee

Over the past year, we’ve been faced with many challenges: working remotely, unemployment, quarantine. We’ve all had to learn to adjust to these new norms and adapt our lifestyles accordingly. Learning how to stay mentally and physically fit should be a priority. I wasn’t successful overnight; it’s still a work in progress, but I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned along the way!

Stick to a Routine

It’s easy to roll out of bed 10 minutes before work, but I found myself becoming less and less productive. I’d work all day, but by 6PM, I never felt like I had accomplished much. Then I remembered a Denzel Washington quote:

“Just because you are doing a lot more doesn’t mean you are getting a lot done. Don’t confuse movement with progress.”

So I decided to make a change. Today, I wake up everyday with enough time to workout and get ready before sitting down at my desk. This has drastically increased my productivity — not only work-related, but overall.

Exercise Regularly

As an avid gym-goer, this was the most difficult aspect of quarantine for me. It’s now been a year since I last stepped foot in a gym, yet I managed to hit my goal weight anyway! Sticking to any workout, it’s so important to find something you actually enjoy doing; otherwise, it won’t last.

I started running every day – not only did this help clear my mind, boost my energy, and help me stay fit, but it was the only thing we were allowed to do in public. For months, it was the only time I even left my apartment; being outside and seeing people were the things keeping me sane. I started doing more HIIT/Tabata workouts, which evolved into making my friends and family workout plans and doing workouts with small groups, both virtually and outside. I started jump roping in the parking lot across from my house just as another means to get outside and see civilization.

As it got colder, this got harder to do. I started kickboxing classes, played Wii Tennis more frequently, and bought the MaxiClimber machine. We’ve all seen the popularity of Peloton skyrocket over the last year. There are so many free at-home workout videos you can find online too, like Sydney Cummings.

Practice Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness is another technique that might work for you; meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, etc. These help with reducing stress and improving focus. It’s a great start to increasing your emotional health.

Cooking and cleaning are other ways to exercise your mind; whether trying a new recipe or decluttering your home, these activities can help us feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

Staying both mentally and physically fit during quarantine is crucial for our mental health. Knowing what helps you de-stress and better focus is key to staying sane. No matter your technique, this a great opportunity for personal growth. So set some goals, make a routine, and stay positive through these challenging times!

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