Updated: Aug 14
I decided to collaborate with lock down. To do so I had to get clear on what it is I usually didn't do when I was out each day breaking promises I’d made to my budget, health and business. I've chosen to see this time as a gift from god and to actively search for the benefits of its presence in my life. As a result, I've found unlimited time and energy to nurture the life I want to live whilst being completely free from any sense of debilitating fomo.
In order to maintain this positive outlook on lockdown, I needed discipline. To make a juice instead of a coffee, to go for a walk instead of instagram scroll and to FaceTime a loved one instead of spiral into my own loneliness. To reprogram the very coping mechanisms that had band aided me up until my present moment. With the time, freedom and space that lock down had brought me, I now had an opportunity to completely reset my habitual behaviours (not to mention doing so without the guilt or stress of maintaining my usual life.)
This was all inspired after a gruelling first week in lock down. The first mistake I made was trying to change everything at once. After moving house I made it my goal to improve my physical and mental health, fully furnish my new home, release new music and launch two new businesses all within the week. A short term mentor of mine Jay Shetty, once advised to take habit changes one at a time or to expect no long term results. He was right, I completely burnt out.
Making changes are not always easy but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try and try again.
So take two, I began a new week of lock down primarily focussed on one of aspect of my life, my physical health. I committed to a 9 day detox (Medical Medium's Liver Detox for those that are interested) and it hasn't been easy! I was very much ready to give up by day 3 and was quickly faced with uncomfortable aspects of myself that I'd usually numb with fried dumplings and coconut chocolate. I very well could have cracked on day 3 and every day there after but somehow I stuck to my unsalted, un-oiled asparagus and powered on. A profound shift happened within me as a result of my discipline and I broke through my glass ceiling. Lock down allowed me to comfortably give this a good go and without it I would've never known what I was capable of or how great my body was capable of feeling. The best part, as I sit here writing on my last day, is realising how easy it all is once I overcome my mind and how rewarding the other side of fear and comfort truly is.
I'm now treating lock down as my assistant, paid to help improve my life and support me into the next healthier, happier chapter of myself and you can too. Explore whatever aspect of your life you want to, just USE THIS TIME! For some that may mean a detox, for others it may mean dedicated rest and uber eats. Whatever it is, use it to your advantage and remember - just because it feels like a problem, doesn't mean it has to be.
P.S If you're new here I wrote a song in lock down last year to boost morale (it was my debut) you can check it out here if you'd like. P.P.S For my friends in the Northside of Melbourne, my mum runs a vegan Turkish restaurant called Kevabs and they deliver! To order food from her click here and for anyone wanting to educate themselves on the importance of shopping local click here. Some things to try during lock down: Free Yoga: https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene Cook up a storm: https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=rainbowplantlife&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 Learn something new: https://www.amazon.com.au/Medical-Medium-Secrets-Chronic-Mystery/dp/1401948316/ref=asc_df_1401948316/?tag=googleshopdsk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=341743264305&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6824796829810412306&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9071400&hvtargid=pla-69772811799
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