A TIME TO REBOOT AND GIVE BAD HABITS THE BOOT

IT IS SAFE TO SAY 2020 IS A YEAR TO REMEMBER. WHEN I LOOK BACK ON IT, THERE ARE MANY THINGS I FEEL I CAN BE GRATEFUL FOR, THE MAIN ONE BEING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME ME-TIME AND SELF-REFLECTION.

By Greer Krige, Lifestyle Content Creator

Time like this is usually in short supply. I feel like we have been forced to spend some time with ourselves under lockdown conditions, allowing us to get reacquainted with ourselves so to speak. 

I took this opportunity to reassess who I am, have my likes, dislikes changed, do I have new pet peeves? The short answer, yes! 

Something that became clear to me is that mental health and physical health are integrally linked. The instant calm that sets in after a run. My partner, blissfully unaware that yoga is really saving his life, not mine.

Once lockdown was in full swing I noticed a rise of home gyms, Zoom and live streaming exercise workouts, virtual therapy and support groups. This means I can now get sweaty and red faced (never been my best look) in the comfort of my own home and still get the guidance of a professional. 

Nature and naturalist healing have also become more popular. Taking walks, cycling, and hiking. Bonus point, all outdoor activities encourage social distancing, so there is still a sense of freedom with safety.

Our air quality is also under the microscope and thus air purifiers, humidifiers and houseplants are being bought to help purify the air. Enough with the city fumes.

The start of lockdown allowed for only essential items to be available for sale, I have had to find creative ways to cook, Bye-bye fast food, hello inner MasterChef! Food as medicine is also more and more prominent as is clean eating, which is immune boosting. I am trying out a vegan-based diet and it’s going well. With more eateries of this nature popping up, it makes dining out for those of us with dietary requirements easier, which has previously been a challenge.

There’s another silver lining, we have been spared annual cold and flu season- I have certainly not missed the usual achy body and blocked nose!

As for mental health, as we all know, relationships are possibly one of the biggest tests we will face in life and my word, no judgement but living with your partner 24/7 is tough one. Family dynamics can be a challenge at the best of times and I can now say with absolute certainty that all members of my family know each other better now. For example, I have learnt that my daughter cheats at Uno and my husband is without doubt “the boss” at work. I would hate to work for him. 

This has undeniably been a trying time and it’s not over yet, but looking at it from a positive angle, I can see it was actually a blessing in disguise. The hard work for me now is to not let the newly formed good habits fall away, especially with the bans said to lift so no more festive excessive eating, drinking and socialising, things I have been months without.

After being able to reflect, my key take-outs are being able to look at the long term picture of who you are and who you want to be, and start noticing the changes you made that will get you there.

They say it takes twenty-eight days to form a habit, let’s hope these healthy habits stick. 

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