24 Aug Call Me Gumby
Embracing change is always a good goal – living in the midst of a pandemic, it is necessary to survive and thrive. I’d been known to say ‘Call me Gumby’ in the past, however, the need to be Gumbyish (if you’ll allow me the latitude to make that a word) has never come up so frequently before. From the bigger changes – i.e. working and schooling from home, to the mundane – limiting errand trips to the minimum to avoid unnecessary exposure, we have all had to become more flexible and accept changes on a daily/hourly basis.
We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the new accessory that we all have needed to come to terms with. Kudos to those who have come up with creative designs for their masks and found a way to celebrate their identity in spite of this new requirement.
It’s easy to think that things will “go back to normal” once they develop a vaccine for the coronavirus. Or to think you are waiting for the environment around you to change. It’s harder to instead make the change yourself. We are naturally resistant to change, however, there are healthy ways to learn to embrace change.
Sometimes we are so busy going through the motions of our daily lives that we neglect to pay attention to our body’s needs. After sitting in an office chair for eight hours maybe you notice your lower back hurts, or as you’re going to bed you realize your feet and ankles hurt. You push through it because it seems to be the easiest thing to do. Consider though that there are simple changes you can make to adjust your position or ways to stretch afterwards to alleviate the pain. Alexander technique can help you find ease via changing your routine.
Adaptability is a word most of us are very familiar with at this point. Working from home and having the kids on a hybrid schooling schedule is certainly an adjustment. This ability to adapt and think flexibly will help us get through these different times. If you open your mind and push past the logic and fear of failure, you may discover it’s easier to find a solution to a problem.
As we limit our interactions, we are finding ways to create exercise routines that maintain our flexibility – physical and mental, helping us weather these unusual times with ease and grace.
Samantha & Brenda Raymond-Ball