manage stress, climbing a mountain

"Nothing stays the same, nothing remains static. Which way a thing changes depend on you."

Neale Donald Walsch, author

Life as usual is anything but usual. Instead of waking up and doing routine activities, we are all active players in the "gameday." Gameday is what I refer to as the moment an unexpected event arrives requiring immediate attention and action. 

It gives no warning. Gameday could be navigating a car when a tire blows out on the highway. It might be the need to perform CPR at someone's rehearsal dinner, or the immediate response to two fighting dogs tangled up in their leashes. It appears unannounced and says, "Ready or not, here we go."  

For many of us, coronavirus is gameday.

These events and how we respond provide an opportunity to learn and grow. Presently, we are facing challenges like never before: physical, emotional, medical, work, financial, transportation, shopping, and travel. Your health, fitness, and well-being give you the edge for this.  

Being able to manage stress under pressure will support you for the challenges ahead.  

We might be unable to control many of the decisions being made in response to the ever-changing landscape of the coronavirus; however, we can control how we respond.

Taking care of your physical health and mental well-being is necessary. Not getting overwhelmed by the news is a must.

Our friends at the Whole Life Challenge provided a great resource to help us care for all aspects of our well-being during this period of physical distancing and isolation.  It will act as a reminder of actions to take and not take to keep you healthy. Check out The Daily Action Do(n't) List. Print out several copies and use it to keep your health and well-being top of mind.  

As we make decisions about how we individually play our position in this gameday, it is important to note that because this situation has never happened before, change will be on the other side.

Taking care of your well-being is one way to ensure you are healthy and strong for this challenge and all the ones in the future.   

About the Writer

Kelley Rakow, Health and Lifestyle Coach

Information presented by W(h)ealth should not be relied upon to determine diet, make a medical diagnosis, or determine treatment for a medical condition. The information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Consult a doctor and/or medical professional before making any health changes, especially any changes related to a specific diagnosis or condition.