Any amount of change can be unsettling. And with the whole world currently working through some of the biggest changes we’ve experienced in decades, it’s perfectly normal for you to be feeling pretty worried and anxious about it all.
In fact, if you strip it all back, it’s quite likely that it’s the change, rather than coronavirus itself, that’s the real root of your anxiety right now. And if we’re not cognisant of it, and if we don’t try and deal with that change, it can manifest in some pretty unhealthy physical and mental habits.
Now, I’ve spent a bit of time in challenging environments. As a professional endurance athlete, I’ve run ultramarathons through India (twice!), the Simpson Desert, and South Africa. One of those India expeditions took 77 days, and saw me run over 3,200 kilometres as a World Vision Ambassador.
It wasn’t easy, and it taught me that change can come in many forms. But whether you’re dealing with smaller, daily changes to your environment or body – like you might on an endurance expedition – or massive, society-shifting changes, like we are right now, there are certainly some tricks we can employ to help. Here’s a little list of what I’ve learned so far: