What is the #1 way to beat COVID fatigue?

What is the #1 way to beat COVID fatigue?

By Published On: November 27th, 2020

It’s hard these days when the global pandemic has upended so many “normal” parts of our lives.

Many of my clients, friends, and people around the world are feeling COVID fatigue.

I’m sure you know a few too.

I want to do something positive for people to find joy every day, regardless of their environment.  

People can use a little inspiration these days!

So what is the #1 way to beat COVID fatigue?  

I have a solution – it’s called #twentyeightdaysofplay.  

Toronto is back in lockdown for 28 days, so why can’t that include play?  

Play isn’t only for children – it’s essential for all human potential.

Simply stated, it’s one of the few ways to help us make sense of emotions, gain more energy and feel truly alive.  

It’s also one of the best ways to reduce stress.   

“The moment I decide that a sense of play matters, opportunity for playful engagement shout at me from every corner. It’s a choice.” Achim Nowak

I am posting on the Play for Life Facebook and Instagram pages simple ways to move a little more into your day. Please share with anyone you think who could use a little motivation right now too!

Whether you chose to play inside or outside doesn’t matter – what does count is that you take time to move.  

I’m so grateful to live in a city that recognizes the need for outdoor recreation during the pandemic, especially in the upcoming winter months.

Our mayor, John Tory, announced this week a “Welcome T.O. Winter Park Plan” to encourage people to continue to get outside for much needed fresh air and recreation.  

“The Welcome T.O. Winter plan provides safe ways for people to get outside in Toronto’s parks, including at our 54 artificial ice rinks and five golf courses.”

There are so many incredible things to try – skating, tobogganing, walking, snowshoeing – what a great way to enjoy the outdoors and winter during COVID.

As a coach, my goal isn’t to tell you how to get fit. I want to motivate you to find the right health solution for yourself.

I want to help you focus on the reasons WHY you play or not and to help empower you to make the choices you are ready, willing, and able to make.

With this series, I hope to inspire you to understand:

  • Play can be anything you want it to be as long as it gets you up and moving a little bit each day
  • How to develop a playful mindset
  • How to find opportunities to play every day, even when life, or the weather, throws you curve balls
  • How little time you need to devote to play every day (it’s less than you think)
  • How to play so you minimize your risk for injury

Before you know it, the 28 days will have passed, and you will feel different.

You may feel like you’ve rediscovered the joy in the simple things that are right in front of you. 

When you make your health a priority, you will reap the benefits of more energy, more focus, more courage to try something new.  

The key to forming a new habit of play is changing the way you talk to yourself. You’ll need to throw away the “should” and foster a “get to” attitude.

It’s not “I should play.” It’s “I get to play.” It will be fun, I promise.

The good news? It’s never too late to rediscover your love for play.

The great news? You don’t need to be athletic!

Truly my inspiration comes from the world around me. You can find a longer list of 150 ways to move a little more in my book – The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health. 

So, I hope you will tune in and find some inspiration to invest in your health and well being during this crazy time.

You deserve to find a little fun, joy and good health today and always.

Play on!

xoxo Coach Jan


P.S. Whenever you’re ready, here are three ways I can help:

1) Download the first chapter of The Play Book for FREE 

Discover how adopting a playful mindset can help your health no matter what age you are!

2) Join The Play for Life Facebook Page

Get inspiration every day on a range of topics that involve exercise, nutrition and managing stress.

3) Work with me privately

Want to be more consistent with your health and wellness objectives? Willing and able to invest now to see BIG results in the next few months? Book a Discovery Call so we can see if you’re a good fit for coaching and daily support. 

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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