Getting Through Quarantine – a note from Todd

Dear CrossFit Albuquerque Community,

Aaron asked me to share some thoughts on the quarantine and current climate both as a psychologist and a member of our CrossFit family. Many of you have been inspirational and supportive of me in ways I can’t express, so it’s important to me to do this humbly, without sounding like a know-it-all with all the answers. I hope this is helpful.

Times are Tough

This is tough. Our lives have changed and coping with these changes is challenging. Things that used to be easy and consistent are now inaccessible or altered in bizarre ways. This is tough, don’t fight it, accept it. Now focus on what you can control.

Focus On The Right Things

  1. Your Mind

First, it’s easy to find your mind wandering to how stressed out, anxious, and depressed you may feel and how you shouldn’t feel this way and all the reasons you’re feeling this way and how it’s bad to feel this way and ….
Internally repeating negative conversations/statements to yourself over and over and over impacts how you feel and potentially your behavior. Maybe you stop working out or consume more and more news leading to or maintaining emotional distress. Maintaining a healthy headspace is important. Don’t dwell in negative thought loops. When you find yourself doing this focus your thoughts and actions on things you can control, enjoy, and find meaning. Challenging but worth the effort.

2. Staying Connected

Second, lean on your social support. Make the calls, ask for support, share your experiences, show gratitude, and support others. Social support can be a protective factor in times of stress, use and be a part of this coping strategy. We know this, CrossFit is an awesome source of support. It’s what we do. Covid-19 makes this challenging, but get creative and stay safe. Covid/the quarantine changes how we access this support, but doesn’t eliminate it.

3. Stay Fit

Finally, working out is hard, it hurts, it’s uncomfortable, it takes effort. But the effort can become part of the enjoyment. Be creative and challenge yourself to find joy and meaning inside this mess. Cope the same way you would during a tough work out. Accept it, focus on what’s in front of you, be compassionate and flexible as you struggle and adjust, and find a way to do the work. Physical distress and emotional distress are similar, so is dealing with them. Accepting the challenge at hand, being willing to feel uncomfortable, do the work, and find a way to enjoy yourself.

I have leaned on and been inspired by many of you in the CF Albuquerque family. Thank you for the support you’ve given me. My observations aren’t meant to solve this challenge or make it easy. That doesn’t appear to be an option. I just wanted to reach out and let you know I hope all of you are well and offer something to think about.

Best,
Todd Sewell, PhD

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