A client posted this the other day after proudly hitting another personal record in her morning training session and fitness wellness journey of dropping clothing sizes, and I thought it was worth sharing.
“With so much negativity going on around us and across the world, my workout training (online and in person with coach) and nature became my sanctuary more than ever. A place where I feel safe and forget what is going on. A place where I can relax, refocus, restore and rebuild my strength.”
After I dried my eyes (yes, I am sappy and love when people’s lives are changed), I realized there’s something here that we can all learn from. A sort of defense mechanism against everything we’ve endured over the past year, and everything we continue to endure through life.
Everyone needs a sanctuary.
It could be your fitness community and the outdoors. It could be a nail or hair salon. It could be curling up with a good book. But more than ever, we all need a safe space, and to be surrounded by positive, supportive people. When it comes to our physical and emotional health, it’s non-negotiable. We MUST take care of ourselves because no one else is going to do it for us.
I’m so proud that my clients have helped me create a place that feels safe and supportive, where they can accomplish incredible things they’ve never done before, and where they can celebrate those accomplishments with other amazing people.
Spoiler alert: You’re not going to get that from a Peloton or a Mirror, and not likely at a big gym where you are a check-in number at the front desk, just saying …
I’m all for the new way to success through virtual and in person workouts – heck, I have been doing the mix most of 2020 and even more so now in 2021. But at the end of the day, humans need human interaction. Be it on-screen chatting and training with new and old friends or in person with me or a small group of friends.
We need to be a part of something greater than ourselves.
We need each other.
In these challenging times, what’s your sanctuary? What’s the go-to self-care activity that makes you feel grounded, safe, and happy?