January 13, 2022

How Laura Prioritised Her Mental Health with COVID

It has currently been about two weeks since I tested positive to COVID, and while my fatigue has definitely improved, I am still taking it really easy.

A big part of my morning routine is doing my KIC workouts, and I have really missed them through this time. I know it can be really hard to rest away from exercise if it is a big part of your life, but it is so important to let your body rest and recover and rebuild your strength to be able to do your workouts again.

My core motivation for moving my body is for the incredible impact it has on my mental health, and so through isolation I have really tried to make sure I have been doing things that positively impact my mental health while I am still resting. 

The thing I have done that has made the biggest impact is swapping my morning workouts for one of our KIC guided meditations. I find they really help me feel present, and calm any thoughts of worry and unease – all it takes is about 10 minutes and I couldn’t recommend it more.

If you’re currently experiencing or recovering from COVID, remember that you’re not alone. Our incredible Physio & Women’s Health Expert, Ash, wrote a blog on Returning to Exercise Safely after COVID, it’s so insightful and I’ll be following her guidance when I am feeling up to it. 

In the mean-time, I thought I’d share some of my favourite meditations that have made a positive impact on my mind over the last two weeks: 

1. Confidence Booster

My all time favourite meditation that I always keep in my back pocket. I’ve been listening to this in the mornings when I’m in need of extra motivation! COVID aside, it’s such a good meditation to listen to before an interview, presentation or anytime you’re feeling a little nervous. It really is a great confidence booster! 

2. Clear & Calm

As we’re stuck at home with not much else to focus on, it’s only normal for our minds to start racing. If you’re experiencing any worrying thoughts, I highly recommend this relaxation meditation with Meg. It’s only 6 minutes long, so it’s perfect if you don’t have much time (or patience) or you’re new to meditating. 

3. Release Stress & Pressure

When I’m feeling worked up or overwhelmed this is the perfect meditation. It’s 18 minutes long, so it’s a little longer than the others, but it allows me to fully switch off as I focus on Meg’s soothing voice. Tune in to this meditation before bed or anytime throughout the day when you’re looking to de-stress and calm your mind. 

4. Evening Gratitude Meditation

This meditation is such a beautiful way to end the day. It reminds me that even though I am not feeling the best and isolating at home, there is still so much to be grateful for. Like the roof over my head, my friends & family and my two loving dogs – one who is a bit crazier than the other! 

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