Earth Day – 22 April 2020

Theme – Climate Action

“HOPE for the future…be better people on this Earth for it to heal” by Chris Andrews

As MD, the easiest subject matter is what you can do to stay active. But Personal Touch Fitness is about much more than this – it encompasses a holistic approach to your wellbeing including the environmental impact. Recently, I have taken the decision to sit back, watch, reflect, note down thoughts and then write from my soul.

I chose not to write about the exercise you can do. There are many online examples already and most of us will probably admit we know what to do! It is a choice. Instead I wanted to go deeper to think and reflect.

I have received many different messages from others about the positive and the negative of lockdown. Social media has many messages and videos being sent. Some of them are funny and others well….no comment. However you find yourself feeling day to day, one thing is for sure, Coronavirus is real and is happening.

My hope is everyone takes this time to reflect. Here are a few of my mental health building ideas:

  • Enjoy each day
  • Complete a journal
  • Appreciate tasks we are able to do freely
  • Do those jobs you have been wanting to do but have not had time
  • Embrace the moment
  • Show gratitude
  • Appreciate those who are working tirelessly through this (please consider this when you want to complain)
  • Use your energy in a positive way – draw whatever your thoughts are…don’t think about it and just put pen to paper –  a way to express yourself and your emotions.

Stay positive, healthy, safe and embrace the Earth. It has been asking for this hug for some time now. The elbow bumps were not enough. Just as humans need attention and love, so does our planet.

I ask you to keep embracing the moment. Perhaps when we get to the point where we can all live freely again we do so with more thought, compassion and love.

It is 50 years since Earth Day started. The idea came from founder Gaylord Nelson (US senator from Wisconsin at that time) after he witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. Those of you who don’t know me, I was born and raised in Wisconsin. The majority of my family still reside in Wisconsin.

On April 22nd 1970, 20 million Americans (10% of population at the time) took to the streets, college campuses, and cities to protest about environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for planet Earth.

Embrace the moment, reflect and journal on what your household will do differently after this time. I think many will see how simple their life can be and what you can live without.

A few environmental ideas to consider:

  • More walking/cycling/running especially for short journeys
  • Actively use green spaces
  • Growing herbs
  • Trying new recipes with leftovers or unused food. Try to get one more meal or perhaps if not keen use the leftovers for compost
  • How many times you jump on a flight for a meeting. Is it necessary or can you meet virtually and still reach the same outcome
  • Exploring your own country for a holiday perhaps once a year instead of always travelling abroad

May all those effected around the world heal and everyone else stay safe and keep well. Take care of one another and find your inner resilience and courage.