It’s very basic science that the more you move, the more your body releases endorphins and serotonin, which are the chemical messengers to help put you in a better mood. Throughout this global pandemic, we are all expected to operate as normal at home, at work, and in life. These expectations have shifted our way of living, which can take a huge toll on everyone’s mind, body, and spirit.
You are not alone if you are facing challenges! As a business owner, entrepreneur, mother, and wife, I always remind myself that it’s about progress, not perfection, when it comes to my own physical and mental wellbeing. The importance of mental health can not be understated at this moment and not enough is being done to make space for folks to take care of their mental health. Being in the fitness world, some may assume it’s all about external aesthetics, but it truly all comes from within first.
There is so much exciting innovation going on right now with businesses out of necessity. It has forced all industries to re-examine how we do business and how to pivot quickly. Despite the challenges throughout the pandemic, businesses have leaned towards creativity in how to continue to prioritize the health of their clients in a safe space. It is very tough to survive in these times, and it is important that the businesses focusing on health are around for the population right now.
I’ve seen many businesses that have reimagined how to serve their clients from virtual offerings to outdoor options to one-on-ones so everyone can feel safe. If you’re a health provider and the client doesn’t feel safe coming to receive your services, that anxiety is only going to hurt their mental health, which is antithetical to your mission.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Set realistic goals for yourself that prioritize both your mind and body. On days when you struggle to find the motivation, remind yourself that a quick walk around the block to your favorite local business, or 15 minutes of squats before you take a shower, all contribute to your brain chemistry in a positive way. Remember to give yourself grace and do what you can, we’re all in this together!