9 Things You Can Do to Make Your Life Better During Covid-19

Updated: Jan 17




1. Build Your Physical Strength, Fitness Levels or Flexibility!


Building your physical strength is powerful and health-boosting! Not only is physical strength and flexibility life-affirming and good for our health, but feeling more physically powerful actually helps us feel more empowered and less helpless in life too!


So add some physical activity into your schedule - as little as 15 minutes daily.


There are many options to boost your physical strength and health. Here are some ideas:

  • Take up a yoga practice - excellent for strength-building, flexibility - and calm! There are lots of online options. Here is one that shares a 7 day easy yoga challenge with the beautiful Sinéad. http://www.loveyoga.eu/

  • Check out Joe Wicks the body coach for free home workouts for everyone, no matter what your fitness levels. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

  • Try some sea swimming if you are near the sea, its so good for the body, mind and spirit.

  • 25 Motivating 30 Day Fitness Challenge Ideas https://mycrazygoodlife.com/25-motivating-30-day-fitness-challenges/

REMEMBER: Being stronger = FEELING stronger and more in control! And building your PHYSICAL strength or fitness = REDUCED feelings of helplessness!



2. Learn with Non-Fiction Books:


Use this time at home to educate yourself with non-fiction books. There is so much to be gained - like self-confidence, negotiation skills, health (sleep, nutrition), how to have difficult conversations and much more.


Here are some book ideas to get you thinking:

Reading one book will expand your mind, reading several of these books is going to make you more interesting, help you learn new skills - and maybe even make you more employable too!



3. Gain a New Skill with Online Learning:


There are so many opportunities online to gain a new skill and they're growing by the day!

Grow your personal or creative skills or choose a new skill to learn and take back to work with online training providers like Coursera or Udemy.

Check out Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance - Future Learn



4. Explore your Life Vision:

Rather than watching endless news streams, you can choose to focus on a bigger picture - your future. What do you want from the rest of your life? What would you be disappointed you did NOT do? Where do you envision yourself in 10 years?


Having a clear vision of how you want your life to be is a powerful motivator. A vision helps us work towards our goals, take action and make change. Soon, we'll all be super-busy again - and a vision might be just what you need stay focused!


Here are 4 questions to ponder or journal around to go deeper:

  • What do you desire or yearn for in your life?

  • How do you want to feel?

  • What do you really, really want to be different in your life?

  • What's your dream for this lifetime? Imagine you're 90 years old and looking back over your life; what did you do that made you proud and happy?

TIP: Remember to think possibility not probability! Don't limit yourself and your ideas because you don't believe something is likely. Instead believe it's possible - and even if you don't get all the way there, you may get close - or even find something better along the way!

If you would like some help with creating a vision for your life, I’m offering a free life coaching session. Just visit my web site and book a discovery call. https://www.thrivewithmarian.com/bookings



5. Be in the moment:



In THIS moment you are OK. You are safe. Take one day at a time. One hour or even one breath at a time if you need to.


This tip is about being super-present, not thinking ahead or remembering the past, but practicing BEING.


This is a PRACTICE - meaning you will have to do it repeatedly - bringing yourself back to the NOW. Over time it gets easier, and it's a great skill to have to take back to "normal" life.


So when you notice you're worrying, feeling twitchy and want to pick up your device and find out what the "latest" is about the COVID situation, say to yourself, "It's OK. In this moment, I am safe. In this moment I am OK." You can also add or say, "In this moment, my children/husband/family are safe."


6.Start a Journal!