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Covid 19 is the cruelest disease I have faced in my lifetime.  I am sure most people feel the same way because it has caused us to change our lives in ways that we never thought were possible. It has caused pain that we never knew was fathomable. 

On January 1st, 2021 I lost my father to Covid.  I saw this disease take this man down so quickly it took my breath away.  When I received the call of his passing, I had no one to hug, hold or comfort me. I was alone, as I have been for nearly a year now. I had to lean on the one thing that has carried me through all these weeks and months.  My lifestyle has been paramount in getting through the tough times.  My regimen of a healthy diet, exercise and mindfulness is my closest companion.  It has provided me structure, discipline, and accomplishment.  These are vital in helping to make each day worthwhile. 

A few strategies I have focused on over the last few weeks since my father’s passing may help you, too:

  • Get up each day and find a positive affirmation to think about (search the Internet for good examples, such as: “I am in charge of how I feel, and today I am choosing happiness.”)
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.  It gets you off to a good start that can carry you through the day.
  • When you feel down, stop and immediately journal your feelings.  It helps to release them from your mind and move on to the next thing.
  • Exercise. Physical activity of any kind helps to release your “feel good” hormones and acts as a natural anti-depressant.
  • Find your reward. Create something positive to look forward to, such as a special meal at the end of the day or week…a movie you have wanted to watch or reaching out to an old friend to catch up.
  • Take inventory of your surroundings.  Feel blessed that you have a roof over your head, food in your fridge, a dog to snuggle and friends you can connect with.
  • Celebrate You.  Life is so very precious and this past year has shown us that.  Just being alive is a gift.  Good health has never been more important than now.  If you have it, appreciate it and continue to work on it.

by HealthEase fitness professional Eric Mamon