Learning from the Virus

First published March 30th 2020 by The Zone’s Editor, Fiona Bugler, on Medium

Running anchors me. It sets my body barometer for the day, whether I run, or have a day off. Not running makes me feel out of sync with myself. But as I type this, my 18-day coronavirus lingers on. I feel like have a sleeping lion in my chest, purring away at the moment, but, if it’s troubled again (as it was on Thrusday when I ran 10K), it’ll roar — and who knows where that will leave me… so I’m learning (or re-learning) some basic life lessons.

1. Be in the now

As content creators clamber to create positive stories (and that’s not a criticism, good for them), it seems movement and mindfulness are number one in the feelgood charts. If you’re tuned into any kind of social media or news you will have heard why the now matters — now more than ever.

I’ve also read three for four articles here on Medium, including, this one, https://medium.com/mind-cafe/coronavirus-has-grounded-me-in-the-present-and-i-dont-like-it-a3f2e13670ff. We all know the now matters but can convince ourselves we’re in control, as Darren says: ‘The uncertainty was always there, but before I could convince myself I had a way to manage it — to beat it’. And of course I’ve been listening to my old favourite Chris Evans, who’s between 630am and 10am is all about the now and being upbeat, and running, too! Finally, of course, my Headspace app, it says the same thing, in different ways, it’s my daily practise, to reinforce the message, it makes sense to stay in the moment, and breathe.

2. Be grateful

Again I was reminded to be grateful as I read LBC Radio Theo Underwood’s story in the Sunday Times, the 38-year-old nearly died from this virus — and yes, no underlying health conditions. And also in the Sunday Times Terry Waite, the archbishop’s envoy who was famously captured and imprisoned in solitary confinement in the Lebanon for almost five years, reminding us, simply, not to feel sorry for ourselves — there really is someone worse off. Anyone who’s listened to a meditation, or read a self help book, or just looked at social media, will know what I mean when I say be grateful. It’s simple, be grateful for your house and the safety it provides, rather than say you’re stuck at home. Be grateful for the TV, radio, social media, friends, food, family, soap, water, and opportunity to do something different.

3. And for running: getting back to basics

How often have I started weight training or yoga and thought, oh I really should do this more often. Then I slip to my default way of training — running — and forget about the stretching, the stillness, and tuning into my ever-tighter muscles. I suspect many people are finding running now and thinking the same as me. Let’s all stick with this!

Tag @thezone_mag on Instagram or tweet us @thezone_mag to share your lessons from Covid19:
What positive lessons have you learned? Has your wellbeing improved? What will you do when this is all over and things return to ‘normal’?

Published by thezone2020

Writers and editors from publishing company Intrinsic Wellbeing. We explore ideas, conduct interviews and share news and thought pieces on wellbeing focussing on the workplace. We launched during Covid-19, so lots to talk about!

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