What a crazy first half of 2020! I remember leaving 2019 and a lot of people where ready to leave it behind. But 2020 brought its own challenges and threw the world a curve ball.
Everyone had a different viewpoint but for me it just reinforced the following philosophy…
We can’t control what happens externally. We can only control what we do as a result. Which brings me to ask you this question…are you a thermostat or a thermometer?
I heard this statement “are you a thermostat or are you a thermometer” earlier this week. And I really liked it. If you think about it, the basic difference is that a thermometer responds to the environment while a thermostat sets the environment.
So have you responded to the environment? Or have you made a conscious decision to set the environment to suit you.
As well as physical health, mental health is equally, if not more, important. Definitely our physical health will contribute to mental well being, how we move our bodies and what we put in our bodies has an effect. I don’t care what anyone says, I have felt the difference.
Mental wellbeing and emotional resilience will get us through this year and beyond. How we perceive our current situations will determine how we move forward. Is this an obstacle or opportunity? Is this the end of the world or is this a chance to recreate your world?
Physical movement and nutrition will help us with mental well being – have you kept that commitment to yourself no matter what and set yourself up to keep living a healthy active lifestyle. For a lot of us with a little bit more time is there really the excuse now of having no time?
I know it’s easy to be reactive and just eat (believe me I know that, I gained nearly 2 kilos in 5 days right at the start of lock down) I was responding to the environment. So I had to give myself a talking to and set up my environment to suit me and what I wanted to achieve.
Now if we dig a little deeper, where have you found yourself in the current environment? Have you responded to it or have you set yourself up to move forwarded?
For example, I know losing a job can be scary and it would be easy to view it as the end of the world but what if you looked at it as an opportunity to create something new? What have you been putting off doing that you want to do that you could start doing now?
Is this a good time for you to look at a side hustle? A home based business that you could start to generate a bit of extra income, especially now if you have the time. And when you go back to work you can carry it on and you’ll have already generated some momentum and income.
Or is there something you’ve always wanted to learn?
A few years ago I was working in a job that I really enjoyed but circumstance changed the situation and I no longer enjoyed it. Because I’m big on not wasting time being unhappy I changed the situation. I left and set myself up to work from home. Was it scary? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes. I set up my environment to suit me.
So are you a thermostat? I’d love to hear some of the ways you have set up your environment to work for you, especially for your health and wellness journey. Or if you’re currently a thermometer what are some of the things you could do to be more like a thermostat?
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