So it's official the COVID-19 virus is here to stay for a while, and the only thing we can all do to mitigate its impact is to stay at home. The WSL has been putting out some content of their pro surfers simulating surfing whilst at home, as fun as these can be it can be tortuous knowing your home break is going off and all you're allowed to do is stay at home.
We can use this opportunity, because it is an opportunity to slow down and really evaluate what's important in our lives. Do we really need to buy into this consumerist nature the surf industry is currently heading? Do we want to buy into it or forge a different path for ourselves and future generations.
What about keeping our minds healthy as well as our bodies? We all know it's important to have some sort of exercise routine, but with most countries in state of emergencies and people self-isolating in their homes, we need to start getting creative. It's important to maintain a balanced diet and do what you can, whether that's some yoga in the mornings or a mini-workout at home.
In times of crises it's great to see so many legends step up and offer YouTube exercise/yoga/fitness classes online for free. Of course as well as maintaining some sort of fitness regime, it's important to keep your mental health in check.
For many people, spending so much time at home and with their loved ones/family/house mates etc. might cause some tension and arguments to occur. This is why it's so important to take at least 30 minutes of your day to do some self-meditation and/or find some space in the house where you can take some time for reflection and cut off all the noise. And if you want to use this time to prepare for when you can go back in the water, why not start learning about breathing techniques to keep calm for those holdowns and wipeouts?
For anyone interested in learning about breathing techniques and self-meditation here are some people to listen to/check out:
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