Love in the Time of Quarantine

Wow! What a difference a month makes. This time last month we were planning all sorts of spring events at Retrofit and looking forward to travelling and attending international conferences and training.

But as Judy Blume said, “That was then. This is now.”  And now of course is something completely unprecedented, unexpected and uncertain.

Now we are at home, if not technically quarantined, effectively quarantined. It’s not as strange as it was last week or the week before. Humans are remarkably adaptable.

As Canadians, most of us are incredibly lucky to be able to shelter in the safety and comfort of our homes. We are informed and aware of what is going on. We have access to high quality, universal health care and internet. Many of us can pick up the phone or go online and connect with family or friends across town or across the country.

Still, it’s hard not to feel fear. Uncertainty inspires fear, as does misinformation or even too much information. We may be adapting to our new normal, but we can’t help but wonder what will it look like on the other side. And when will we get to the other side.

Gratitude is an antidote to fear. Even in the direst of circumstances, we each can feel gratitude for something or someone. I am grateful and humbled at this time for the love and support of my family and friends, our leaders, and all of you, our Retrofit Pilates community.

So, what’s next?

On the one hand, it seems we have all sorts of extra time (unless of course you are trying to revamp your entire business, homeschool your children, care for vulnerable family members or just trying to survive your spouse working from home)!

On the other hand, its very difficult to be our best self when we are living with uncertainty, removed from our routine and maybe feeling really lonely – whether our household is full of people or not.

What follows are some simple strategies I try to follow every day to manage the mental, physical and emotional stress.


  1. Practice acceptance. This is what it is and there is nothing we can do about it except stay safe.
  2. Stay present. Listen to the quiet. Notice what happens when you stop doing.
  3. Keep in touch. Reach out to people. Ask for help. Isolate physically but not emotionally.
  4. Exercise daily and get outside for a walk or run if possible.
  5. Limit media.
  6. Keep imagining possibilities and setting goals.
  7. Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  8. Go to bed. Get up. Do it all over again.
  9. Be patient.
  10. Be kind and generous.

We are all in this together. Stay safe. Stay in touch. Stay home.