Who can focus on their health goals when the world is falling apart? Who can resist comfort food when all of our normal comforts have been pulled out from under us?
Who has the bandwidth to work on behavior change right now? Who could blame you for stress eating your way through the next few months?
If thoughts like these have been running through your head, I want to offer you a completely different possibility.
Not only has it never been more important to work on our mindset and habits, it’s also never been easier.
This unprecedented set of circumstances offers an unprecedented opportunity.
After all, what is it that has always kept us from making progress in the past? We’re too busy. We’re running from thing to thing, over-committed and over-extended. No time to think, much less plan.
Well, many of us just became full-time telecommuters. Most of our social lives and recreational activities have ground to a halt.
With nowhere to go, we suddenly have more time on our hands. Almost too much time. We’re bored and restless.
When else do we have time to slow down and observe our thoughts? To insert a pause between the moment we feel an urge or impulse and the moment we respond to it–and see what’s really going on in there?
To be more intentional about what, when, and how much we are going to move, eat, work, and rest. To put some real thought into how we are going to execute our plan. To try it out, analyze our results, tweak, and try again?
None of us have ever experienced anything like this. And it will not go on forever. But we can absolutely exit this crazy episode with better habits and mindset than we went into it with.
I hope you’ll give it a try.