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Currently, things are a little different than what they once were in relation to our daily structure. We're used to having structure in our relationships, work, play time, nutrition and sleep. How are you coping with the lack of structure in the past year?
Kids have been in and out of school, you may be chopping and changing your workspace or you might have no daily routine which makes it difficult to plan for some self-care or downtime. Maybe, you’ve got your ducks in a row but sometimes that constantly varied environments can make that weekly structure difficult and it can impact your goals negatively. Your favourite exercise class may be closed or your training buddy might not be around with current restrictions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep up your exercise routine.
Setting new goals can be important in order to keep pushing yourself forward. Setting goals in the right way allows us to see progress and not get frustrated or disappointed. Below are some tips that can help you stay accountable and structure goals so they are achievable in these current times.
Can be another important tool for performance. How talking to yourself both inside and outside your exercise environment can have a dramatic effect on your performance and mood in relation to your goals. Two types of self-talk can help you stay motivated and keep you accountable.
The use of mental imagery is another popular tool used in sports psychology in order to improve performance. Visualizing in our minds eye can be an effective way to prepare for a situation before it has played out.
Goal - Get an additional 2 hours of daylight per week
– Imagining how you want to act from a first person perspective. Experiencing the situation from your own eyes as if it was actually happening. This can be an image of a sunny day walking in your local beach/park.
– Imagining a realistic situation is important. The closer your imagery is to the real situation, the better your mind will be prepared to do the task at hand.
– Imagining the whole process is important and not just the outcome. Preparing yourself to act the right way and make the right decisions is key.
The final point that can help in improving both in exercise and in day to day life is to constantly remind myself that comparison is the thief of joy. We are all on different journeys and at different stages. Whether it's in our physical/mental health or in our day to day of living. If you allow comparison to rule your life, then there will always be someone new in your life that you’ll end up comparing yourself too. Don’t compare yourself to others! Just embrace your journey whatever that is.
The world is filled with pessimism. Take a minute to focus on gratitude to help you find perspective in eliminating negative thoughts. Focus on being the best version of you!