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Finding Balance

The pandemic has caused challenges for everyone, through no choice of our own we have had to adapt our daily lives over the past 12 months.

By Conor Donohoe, Personal Trainer at Bondi Junction

I am sure most of us thought the worst part was well and truly over. With new challenges dawning on us, it is particularly important to stay positive, focus that extra bit more on our health, wellbeing, goals and what we can do to stay emotionally sound.

If we live in constant stress, we can suppress our immune system, upset your digestive system and increase the risk of heart attacks or strokes. To put it in a nutshell, it can rewire your brain leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

Let us call COVID on example of a situation. In life it’s not always the situation that is the problem, it is our reaction to the situation that is the problem (as well as the solution). This is where growth and a fixed mindset comes into place.

A fixed mindset is when a person believes his or her qualities, their intelligence or talent are simply fixed traits. They believe they can never get smarter, faster, healthier. To bang the nail on the head they are the lazy people.

Somebody who has a growth mindset believes their success depends on time and effort. People with a growth mindset feel their skills and intelligence can always be improved and they make the most of every situation.

Now that you understand the difference between the two, it’s time to start building that growth mindset, yes, we are in the middle of a lockdown, but we can make the most of the situation. Maybe it's time to set some new goals, to commence that exercise program, eat healthier, enjoy the outdoors more or simply appreciate all the little things we may have took for granted.

Let us pretend your body and mind is like a house. Stressful situations will come and go. It as during these situations we can choose when to get to work, start digging and laying the foundations of good healthy habits, so when the time comes, we can start building that home we always dreamed of!

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