I think with the recent announcement and additional restrictions it’s a good time to talk about this subject.
In my first blog I wrote about being in a rut when additional measures were applied because of the lockdowns. Knowing where I was then, I am better equipped mentally this time around. However, I know not everyone feels that way.
I can’t tell you how many people I have chatted with who say, “if they close my gym or studio I don’t know what I will do, it’s the only thing keeping me sane!”
And while that sounds hyperbolic, it’s absolutely the truth.
A publication on MentalHealth.org states:
Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in preventing the development of mental health problems and in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems.
Did you know that 17% of Canadians age 16-24 are contemplating suicide? This doesn’t just need our acknowledgement, it needs our serious attention.
Are lockdowns and extreme measures doing more harm than good?
I point this out because maybe some of you are struggling and are looking for a way to connect. And for others it’s a reminder that some of our family members, friends, extended family, co-workers and even business owners in our community may be struggling more than usual over the next few weeks.
If you have the capacity and are looking for a way to have an impact on that 17%, I encourage you to reach out to people.
Help them if you can, get them outside for a walk, help them move their body. Invite them to experience a little mental health boost and sense of community here at midtown-maybe a calming Yin Yoga or an IHP class that will challenge them and show them how strong they really are.
Support a small business in the community, share a laugh as often as you can. There is a lot of power within us when we truly take care of ourselves and even more between us when we are able to then show up and support each other.