In this uncertain time and worldwide pandemic that is covid-19 it is now even more important to look after yourselves. We are not just talking about physically but mentally as well. So many people have now disengaged with each other physically and as martial artists we rely on each other to train, learn and progress and have that feeling of connection.
For me I love solo training it is a period where I can think, refine and contemplate, a time when I can look at what I am doing and to make any adjustments I need to improve myself not only as a martial artist but also as a person, a moment to reflect on how life is and what is important to you and what steps you need to improve your life.
This pandemic although very upsetting it has given us a chance to do things at home, that normally you would not get a chance to do.
I have painted the Dojo inside and out, this is one of the jobs I have to do every year but normally it is always a rush to sandwich it in between other things. Why am I telling you this? Well this is normally how we live our lives we rush like crazy trying to fit everything in during the day and we can liken it to fire fighting as soon as we put one out another one pops up.
These troubled times gives us an opportunity to make new habits and resolutions and to become more disciplined with our time. This is a chance to learn something new, a language, drawing, playing the piano, yoga, meditation or something more beneficial than just vegging out in front of the TV.
Now is the time to create good habits by getting up every morning and doing 30 mins of exercise or something you love to promote your health and well being. The best way to keep something going is to make it a routine or habit this way you will do it automatically everyday as if it is a part of you.
When all the self isolation is over and you go back to work the key is to continue the routine and habits you have created even if you have to cut the time down a little just keep doing it, the problem is always when you stop completely, even if you have to do a shorter work out or times at the piano just keep doing it.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.‘
Mary Anne Radmache
So many people have said to me I used to play the piano, I used to be flexible; I used to speak French or whatever it is. It is the stopping and getting out of the habit that is the problem. Keep doing it even if it is for a small amount of time, you can always do more when you are free at weekends or after work, holidays etc.
Just don’t stop.
Keep training and stay safe