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  • Ollie McCarthy

Now is the time to take control of your health

I think this is particularly important right now because people will inevitably feel the impact of lockdown. It’s also worthwhile thinking, what the bigger impacts of Coronavirus and this pandemic are going to be on your physical and mental health.

If you take the first lockdown, for example, people drank and ate a lot. Mainly because they didn’t have much else to do. They also didn’t move that much and then there was a huge spike in people getting in contact when restrictions lifted, because they didn't feel good about themselves. They didn't feel healthy because of the way they had been living.

So they got in contact, and then we're trying to reverse engineer the effects of the lockdown period. We're now in our third lockdown, and I think people are beginning to think, actually, I don't want to be in the same position as it was after the first and maybe even second lockdown.

Reality is, we need to begin thinking longer-term.

This is why I talk about health a lot, rather than anything else. We need to think about the longer-term impacts of our health, mentally and physically and we need to begin addressing it now rather than when this lockdown lifts.

If you just have that mindset of, I'll think about it later, then inevitably, you’re going to feel even worse. Further to this you will have even more work to do to rectify your health.

We've had such a long period of dealing with these stresses, that the time to begin taking responsibility for your health, if you haven't already, is right now

Not at the end of lockdown.

Each person has an individual responsibility for their own health. There's no one that's going to come and save you. There's no one that's going to be able to, come in and do it for you. You need to make sure that you are doing things every day that are going to help you mentally and physically for this period and beyond.

If you need help, you need to ask. There is no point struggling through. If you don't have ideas, if you don't have the information, there are people that will help you, and this doesn't always come at a cost. There are a lot of good people, a lot of good coaches that want to help people, and that want to help them stay happy and healthy throughout this period.

You have a duty of care to yourself.

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