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Wow you guys.

Change is hard, especially when it’s unsettling and unexpected. Then throw the unknown of when life will return to “normal” into the mix and wow…it’s more than hard. It’s scary. Right now, the entire world is being forced to change and deal with a new normal, with no real end in sight. Some lives have been uprooted more than others, but I think it’s safe to say everyone is experiencing some level of discomfort.

But what if we looked at the discomfort as opportunity instead? Like, instead of settling in and waiting for “normal” to return, maybe we need to try to lean into the change and make the most of it.

1. If being stuck at home is making you feel trapped or anxious, think about all the things you previously wished you had more time to do. Things like organizing or updating your home, exercising, getting better sleep, getting back to a hobby you love, eating more meals with your family, or even just spending more time with your family – NOW is the time! Purge that closet. Move your body every day. Go to sleep earlier (or sleep in). Pick up that book you want to read. Try a new recipe. Play board games.

It’s crazy that all of these things feel GOOD. But they are always the things that get thrown to the wayside when life is normal and busy.

2. If you have a service job that isn’t functioning, use this time to freshen up those skills. Or learn a new one! You’ll go back to work feeling refreshed and more confident than ever. Or you know that side hustle you’ve always wanted to start? Get the ball rolling. It can be as small as starting a vision board! Once you start that momentum and that brainstorming process, who knows what you might accomplish.

On the other hand, maybe you desperately needed this break and you need to just breathe. DO IT. Don’t feel pressured to be productive or busy. Relax and recharge.

3. If you’re stressed about your kids being out of school, think about soaking up your time with them. When life is normal, schedules are busy and the days fly by. Now’s your chance to actually see what they’re learning in school, to have more meals together, and to make memories. I know, I know. Helping kids with e-learning sounds like it’s a bit of a nightmare and too much time cooped up with your little ones is probably tough. But you know what I’m saying. Go on walks! Laugh when neither of you can figure out their homework. Make the most of it.

4. If simple errands like grocery shopping feel difficult and stressful, maybe now’s the time to finally try grocery delivery! Treat yourself and eliminate some stress. Or, open that Pinterest board with hundreds of freezer meals you saved and ACTUALLY MAKE SOME. Yeah, it probably require one big trip to the store, but you’ll save yourself from shopping (and cooking) for at least a couple of weeks after.

I love the idea of supporting local restaurants in your community too. Let them do the cooking if you’re comfortable with takeout and your budget allows. Or, buy some gift cards to use later. Local businesses are dealing with a lot of scary change too, but watching the community come together to support is a really good feeling!

We’re all dealing with change together, and I seriously think there’s some good buried down under all the scary, uncertain stuff. If you’re struggling, try leaning into the change. I believe in you!

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  • Heath says:

    Thanks for putting this piece of information together, really helpful

  • Hillary says:

    Being in the house means I have time to FINALLY try a Blogilates calander. So far I’m loving it and I’ve even got my mom and best friend to join me (virtually of course). It’s been tough since I haven’t worked out in months and gained more than what I initially lost back, but I can feel myself getting stronger each day! Yay!

  • kimberly says:

    Thank you for the post! It was really helpful!!! With the whole toilet paper scare, we decided to start using our bidet more. That has really helped us a lot to still stay clean and it really lessened our anxiety when it got to toilet paper duels!

  • Caryn says:

    Hi Cassey,
    Thank you for posting workout videos on Youtube, I enjoy your workouts and following you on social media. My friend introduced me to your videos and it was with your first 1000 squat challenge from five years ago. During this quarantine it was definitely challenging with not having gym access. With your workouts it motivates and gives me great workout motivation! Keep up the great work and I’m looking forward in completing your April Calendar .

  • Salla R says:

    Dear Cassey,

    You cannot imagine how important your motivation and videos are during these difficult times! I live in Spain, and for some time we have not been allowed to go out, except to the nearest supermarket and pharmacy…Tomorrow it will be 1 month that my 10 year old son has not set his foot outside of our apartment…he misses school, friends and the walks and bicycle rides so much….But he is doing your exercise videos with me – which is really great mom – son time! We have some trouble with the downstairs neighbours, as they are bothered with the noice we make when exercising, especially if jumping etc.. You have some great apartment friendly workouts, but we would really appreciate if you could make a hard Covid-19 apartment friendly cardio/fatburn workout to compensate not being able to exercise outdoors and the increased appetite…
    Thank you so much! Take care and keep safe!
    Hugs from Salla and Joel from Madrid

  • We’re all going to emerge out of this quarantine having a spic and span clean room, made a hundred vision boards, and a empty closet.

  • Mic says:

    Great Tips! And dear any readers, please be extra nice and understanding to essential workers! I started a job at a really busy target after the restaurant I worked at closed. Lots of people are bringing their spouses, adult kids, or friends with to shop. Please only one person per household so that us workers can feel more safe!! Thanks <3

  • Delrae says:

    Thank you, Cassey! The family and I have taken up walking when weather permits. I’ve been following the Calendar & doing the 100GluteChallenge … sometimes I get discouraged because I can’t do some of the routines. But today was a day to celebrate a small victory! I can finally touch my toes! I tip my hat to you and thank you for all your hard work and dedication to your subscribers ❤️

  • Sophie says:

    Thanks Cassey! I really agree… we should make the most of the time we have which is normally so limited. Its what I’m trying to do. Stay busy and spend more time with my kids and husband. And do you workouts! Which I love btw… they are so fun and make me feel great which I don’t always get when I workout. You are so positive so thank you for everything you do.🤗💖

  • Jacquelyn Savage says:

    Can you do a low knee stressed workout, or a silent piit workout please

  • Masha says:

    It’s so good to see a YouTuber with a healthy and wise view on the state of the world because if COVID-19. I’ve noticed many people just stressing us out more or ignoring the issue as a whole but you really do help us all and clearly know your stuff! By the way, you are absolutely amazing and I’d like to say thanks for every time I’ve felt insecure and you helped lift my spirits! :)

  • norma says:

    I loved reading this in the morning! Great post cassey!

  • Sharon says:

    Thanks for the post Cassey! All good points. It’s always good to keep our sights on what we *can* do vs what’s out of our control. :)

  • kwertz says:

    I just started with your videos, due to my gym being closed and unable to ride my horse (Yes, fell off a ladder…of all things) But I started today and can’t wait to continue. Thank you so much…. this is a much needed addition to lessen my stress…since I will be going back to the ER tomorrow. Rock on, Stay Strong, Stay safe…stay home. Kim

  • Hannah says:

    Thanks Cassey, such a motivating and inspiring blog post! Focusing on the positives is so important right now!

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