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As we try to combat Covid-19, taking time to be mindful and stay active is more important than ever before. The effects of long-tern stress and anxiety caused by the current situation need to be taken seriously and it’s vital that we each do the best we can to look after ourselves, so that we can emerge from this stronger, more resilient and more positive. Below are lots of great resources as well as mindfulness quotes and images to help bring some all important zen to your day. You can connect with us on any of our social media accounts too. We hope you enjoy and make the most of this page!
As we all know, yoga is a great way to get calm and well as strong. These resources are great for anyone wanting to try their hand at some at home yoga. Perfect for unwinding after a long day, stressful situation or just for moments when you want to relax during the day.
Yoga Routine Poses To Try Out – (see infographic below)
You could also try out this fantastic 30 Day Yoga Challenge with Adriene to ensure you add the structure of daily yoga to your daily routine and benefit from it each and every day. Each day is labeled with a different aim in mind such as heal or ignite. You can get involved here.
Although team sports are at a halt, that’s no reason to not partake in any fun sport or physical activity challenges yourself whilst at home! Many of these challenges will also be supporting other important organisations and charities too, so whilst you’re doing good for yourself, you’ll also be helping a worthy cause.
Great Run Challenges are fab for those with a competitive streak! Choose a distance/ number of runs to complete in a set time. This can be linked to Strava to build a community of people taking on the same challenge. This is linked to the Great North Run too so fab if you’re in the North! More details here.
The Bring Sally Up challenge is quite simple, you choose an exercise and execute the up and down movements alongside the song Flower by Moby.
The Song lasts 3 and a half minutes, the challenge is a fun addition to the end of a workout rather than as a workout itself. Completing only 30 reps throughout the song
Try the Squat Challenge here
Try the Push Up Challenge here
Overgate hospice has devised this fun and achievable challenge that is designed to get you moving around your home and garden! You can pick aspects that most suit you and tailor your experience accordingly! You can read more about this here and via the infographic below.
Looking to try out some completely new challenges whilst locked in? Check out My Protein’s challenge list and set yourself some fun fitness goals for this month! Full details here. You’ll be able to see videos of other people doing their challenges too, which may help you decide which ones to try for yourself!
There are loads of fab join the movement challenges on the Sport England site that you can check out here!
Their challenges and fitness activities are centered around enjoying the fitness process and you can choose from online exercise classes using their live activity timetable. Search for free and paid-for classes for all ability levels, including yoga, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and dance.
If you or someone you know has been struggling over this lockdown, be assured that you or they are not alone. This is a hugely challenging time so we are sharing some mental health resources here for you, in case you could do with some help and professional advice.
Our County Durham Sport website has a really great page packed full of resources which are on both a local and a national level. You can check it out here.
The NHS also has some great tips about how to be at home during lockdown and care for yourself mentally. You can read the article here.
This podcast is all about How To Deal With Life’s Stressors and can be listened to here. Go grab a cup of tea, get comfy and listen to it, or put it on in the background as you do another task like cooking or cleaning.
You can also check out this Mental Health calendar for guidance and tips. Print it off and stick it on your bedroom door so you can keep checking in and implementing the tips:
The importance of being able to work as a part of a team is high, and these podcasts will explore team work in a bit more details.
Listen to the Talent vs Teamwork podcast
Listen to the Does Team Building Get Results? podcast
The Power of Purpose aims to explore how having daily purpose can empower you with confidence. You can listen to it here.
Building Self-Confidence In Sports is a really important topic and this podcast is helpful for those trying to do exactly that. You can listen here.
This blog post on MyZone.org is full of great tips for building confidence through exercise / sport. Below are some tips you can implement right away:
Positive self-talk = the way you think strongly influences self-confidence. If you notice that you are in the habit of negative self-talk, get into the routine of saying (in your head or out loud) “STOP!” and change your negative self-talk statements for positive ones. For example, change “I can’t do it” to “I can do it”.
Goal setting = Make a realistic plan of what you want to achieve out of exercising. Set a goal related to distance, time, weights, reps or sets; the goal is to make sure they are achievable but still challenging.
Peers = Exercise with family or friends who can help boost your mood and motivate you to challenge yourself. Set up zoom and do a workout at the same time! Peers are the best for being motivated and having fun!
Progress = Track your progress using the notes section in your phone, an app or in a journal/diary. This way you can keep track of your achievements and see the progress you’re making.
Celebrate = Celebrate your accomplishments no matter how big or small, for each goal you hit, make a big deal out of it! Decide in advance how you will celebrate your accomplishment and go for it. Take this time to reflect on the hard work that you put into achieving your goals.
Sometimes a little clarity and perspective is all you need and these quotes may be just what you need. Think about the meanings behind them and decide what actions you can take to ensure you emerge from this lockdown your best self.
“All we have to do is decide what to do with the time given to us” – J.R.R Tolkien
“Crisis either causes regress or progress, depending on the will of the people” ― Abhijit Naskar
“Things could always be better, but things could always be worse.” – Marla Gibbs
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.”– Robert H Schuller
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.”
We hope you enjoyed this page with fun and helpful ways to get through lockdown! Be sure to let us know which aspects you most liked and which you’ll be trying out for yourself too!