Two years into the Coronavirus pandemic, we’re all pretty tired of having our lives turned upside down again and again. And for those of us that see the gym as a central part of our lives (and our physical and mental health), it was especially difficult not to be able to go to the gym. When they reopened, it felt like we could get back to doing the thing we so love and rely on, but now with the Omicron variant, many gyms are closing down again.
If that’s the case for your gym, you might be feeling a lot of things: frustrated, upset, hopeless, angry. And that’s totally normal. But we’re here to offer a few words of encouragement.
There’s nothing you can do about the COVID situation or how your gym decides to handle it, but you can control your response. So, sure, take a day or two to be upset, but once you’re done with that, try to focus on the positive.
You can still go on walks and runs outside. You can still do at-home workouts. You can still move your body as a way to maintain your health and sanity. Sure, you may have gotten a bit sick of that from the beginning of the pandemic, but, thanks to 2020, you probably already know what works for you as far as non-gym workouts go.
You’ve gotten through it before and you will get through it again. The most important thing is to be kind to yourself. Missing workouts for a while is not a big deal, but maintaining your self-compassion and self-love through a difficult time is.