“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch.
With the rapid spread of Covid-19 across the world earlier this year, much of the globe has been thrown into an unprecedented crisis.
Many countries and states have issued stay at home orders. Businesses including restaurants, shops, and even hairdressers have been forced to close their doors.
With much of the world’s population in a state of lockdown, people everywhere are being forced to change and adapt to a strange new reality.
Life as we know it ‒ our comfort zone ‒ has been left behind. We have adopted a simple, stripped-back lifestyle. In fact, we can look at the Coronavirus as a unique opportunity for a fresh start ‒ the chance to overhaul our health and wellbeing.
Positive thoughts are most welcome in times of crisis, and this optimistic attitude is right up our street! As Neale Donald Walsch said, we’ve reached the end of our comfort zone and our new, healthier lives are only just beginning.
If you want to go back to the drawing board and seize control of your health and happiness, then grab this opportunity with both hands. We’re right there with you, so keep reading to find out more!
Unlike any pandemic that has come before it, the 2020 Coronavirus has swept much of the world off its feet.
Flat on their faces in fact. Yes, the social, political, and economic consequences of the virus might just make it the most significant event in our lifetimes.
The virus has completely and utterly changed life as we know it, particularly for those of us who live in the western world.
We are used to enjoying simple freedoms, such as going for walks outside, meeting up with friends and family, and treating ourselves to meals out.
Besides our social lives, our everyday habits and routines have been completely disrupted. We can do little more than simply stay at home.
Sadly, for many people, the pandemic has had a terrible impact on the quality of life. Many are out of pocket, having lost their jobs and livelihoods.
Others are confined to small apartments, with little space to move around. The pandemic has made it easy for us to drift into a sedentary lifestyle, doing little or no exercise. Meanwhile, the anxiety we feel only increases our stress and damages our mental health.
These really are unprecedented times we live in. This crisis has certainly pushed many people right to the end of their comfort zone.
Do you remember that famous quote we mentioned at the start of this article?
Despite widespread suffering and uncertainty, this pesky pandemic might have some positive side effects on our health and wellbeing.
While many of us typically lead hectic lives with long commutes, financial stress, and difficult deadlines, the pandemic has allowed us time to simply take a breath.
We’ve been able to reconnect with our families, our communities, and most importantly… ourselves.
Many are using this unexpected downtime to learn a new skill or enjoy a hobby that they never previously had time for.
People are producing art and reading more books. Some are taking the time to give their homes and gardens a long-awaited spruce up. The western world is getting back to basics, and enjoying the beautiful simplicity of life.
While we might have imagined the lockdown lifestyle to be quite sedentary, many people have enjoyed this unique opportunity to try home workouts, long outdoor runs, and calming yoga.
And the health kick doesn’t stop there…
Without our favorite restaurants offering their tempting selection of unhealthy meals, we’ve been forced to don our aprons and get creative in the kitchen.
In fact, it is believed that we will see a reduction in chronic diet-related illnesses amongst Americans as a result of the Coronavirus. Fantastic news!
The past few months have been extremely traumatic, with so many people around the world losing their lives to Covid-19.
The pandemic has forced many of us to give up the lives we were comfortable with, and take on new challenges.
People from all backgrounds have had to adapt and learn how to cope with their new reality, whether that be illness, unemployment, or isolation.
But these are just the negatives.
Let’s think about how the pandemic has allowed people to step outside of their comfort zones for the better. What do we mean when we say ‘life begins at the end of your comfort zone’?
Can you imagine what the world would look like today if no human had ever stepped outside of their comfort zone?
It would be pretty different, right? We would likely be decades behind where we are now in terms of science, technology, and medicine. Who knows if Neil Armstrong would ever have set foot on the moon?
The truth is that to achieve amazing things, we must all step out of our comfort zone and start to challenge ourselves.
Coronavirus has forced all of us to move away from the things we knew, and start to live our lives a little differently.
While it’s easy to dwell on the negatives, sometimes it takes a dramatic event or a change in circumstances to push us out of our comfort zone, and start to improve ourselves and our lives.
If you’re somebody who suffers from illness as a result of a poor diet, there has never been a better time to take back control of your health and wellbeing.
Your comfort zone might have been doing you more harm than good, and now it’s time to break out.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so let’s embrace the change!
Research shows that prior to the pandemic, Americans got around one-fifth of their calorie intake from restaurants.
While it might be delicious, the food that restaurants and fast-food outlets tend to serve is low in nutrition and generally very unhealthy.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic swept across the world, lockdown measures have prevented many of us from leaving the house and getting our fix of unhealthy food from our favorite eateries.
Plus, with many people having to tighten their purse strings, those tempting weekend takeouts are simply not a luxury many can afford.
The coronavirus has presented us with a brilliant opportunity to cut back on the food that was making us unhealthy, and start preparing nutritious, satisfying meals in the comfort of our own kitchens.
That’s right. We’re waving goodbye to that health-damaging comfort zone!
Getting your diet back on track is extremely important if you want to live a long and fulfilling life. An unhealthy diet can lead to a range of different health problems, some of which can be life-threatening.
If your body mass index (BMI) and weight are too high, you could be at risk of developing nasty illnesses later in life.
These include heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and you could even suffer severe pain in your joints and premature aging.
Besides the physical side effects of unhealthy eating, not getting enough nutrients and eating too much harmful food could also damage your mental health.
An unhealthy diet could increase your stress levels and make you feel anxious and depressed.
Let’s face it, with so many worries and uncertainties, the pandemic itself is putting a huge strain on people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Be sure to show your mind some love and feed it with the healthy and nutritious food it needs.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so take on the challenge and start living a healthier life now!
We all know how easy it is to snack on unhealthy foods when we are upset or stressed, and with so much uncertainty in the world right now, it can be tempting to grab another sugar-packed snack.
After all, there’s nothing like a sweet treat to put a smile on your face!
With many people currently without work and unable to go outside, it’s also easy to develop a habit of boredom eating.
If you overeat regularly, your body could begin to store the excess calories you are consuming as fat.
To maintain a healthy diet and avoid gaining fat and weight, try to include the following nutrients in your meals every day:
carbohydrates (preferably complex carbohydrates)
vitamins and minerals
Although it might be tempting, you should also try not to drink an excessive amount of alcohol. Alcohol consumption can make you gain fat, since it’s full of empty calories.
To keep up to date with official government advice on maintaining a nutritious diet, visit this page.
To step outside of your comfort zone and start enjoying a healthier lifestyle, you should pay special attention to your metabolism and start eating foods that give it a boost.
Your metabolism is the rate at which your body burns calories and uses up energy.
The higher your metabolic rate, the easier it is to manage your weight and body fat. This is because your body will generally use more calories, and less will end up being stored away as fat.
Although your body burns more calories when you’re being active or exercising, you’re actually burning calories pretty much all the time.
Your body is complex and hardworking It needs a lot of energy just to do its everyday job. That’s right, think about how much energy your body needs just to breathe, think and digest food!
The rate at which your body burns calories when you are resting is known as your basal metabolic rate and is largely determined by your genes.
If you have a slow metabolism, don’t worry. You can give it the kickstart it needs by eating metabolism-boosting foods.
Protein-rich foods: your body uses more energy to process lean meats and other protein-rich foods leading to an increase in your metabolism.
Pulses and legumes: as well as containing plenty of protein, pulses and legumes give your body a lot of fiber which aids digestion.
Chili: chili peppers contain capsaicin, a chemical that can increase the number of calories your body burns.
Spices: some spices such as ginger and cayenne pepper are thought to increase a person’s metabolism. You could try drinking hot water infused with ginger at mealtime to burn some extra calories.
Coffee: studies show that people who drink coffee have a higher metabolic rate than those who don’t.
Apple cider vinegar: this type of vinegar is thought to have metabolism-boosting properties. It can also help you to feel fuller for longer, which could reduce overeating.
If you want to boost your metabolism and maintain a healthy BMI, it’s crucial to include the right foods in your diet.
Many fat-loss diets are misleading. They contain ingredients that encourage your body to store fat, such as sugar, sweeteners, or occasionally a non-essential amount of fatty products.
During this pandemic, more people have the time they need to properly educate themselves on how to enjoy a metabolism-boosting diet.
Eating the right foods in the right quantities at the right time of day could lead to a life-changing reduction in harmful body fat.
Step out of your comfort zone, and change your life for the better!
You can find out more about metabolism and how to increase it here:
Take the opportunity to get back to basics and start to focus on what really matters ‒ your health and wellbeing.
Although change can be scary, it can empower you to make incredible changes to your life.