I feel lonely, is that normal?
First, rest assured that yes, it’s normal to feel lonely.
That said, you can contact your friends or teammates who are experiencing the same thing.
This is a difficult period for everyone, but the important thing is to talk and stay in contact.
With your loved ones or assistance services if you need to talk or confide in someone.
I find time long and I’m bored.
Do you have any advice?
It’s normal to find time long since you no longer have the same schedule.
You must first adjust to this new situation and establish a routine as well.
Continue to set your clock in the morning, plan periods for training, studying and meals.
By keeping busy and focusing on what you can do and control, you reduce your feeling of uncertainty.
I miss my friends and teammates…
I understand and they probably miss you too, since everyone is experiencing a bit of the same solitude.
That’s why I remind you that you can still see them physically rather than limit yourself to texting.
In these difficult times, the important thing is to stay in contact with your friends.
Fortunately, there are many ways on the web for you to get together and share good times.
It’s hard to get motivated and stay in shape with no competition to train for.
How do I do it?
I understand very well that the lack of a competition could affect your motivation.
This break may therefore be a good opportunity to focus on aspects that you usually have less time for.
For example, what would you say to taking advantage of this time to improve your mental skills such as confidence or visualization?
Finally, other sometimes neglected habits such as rest, recovery or relaxation deserve your attention.
I am afraid that I will have lost my skills and my shape when things start up again.
Is it normal for me to feel like this?
First, this concern is perfectly normal and many athletes like you feel this way.
That said, you must focus on yourself, your well-being and the efforts you have to make during this period.
If you succeed, you will come out of this in better mental and physical shape than others.
Take advantage of this period to get well-prepared.
How can I stay in shape despite this inactivity?
Despite the interruption of your activities, you can still invest in your training.
Right now, it may be easier to take advantage of this time to improve your flexibility, your strength and your mental strength.
By establishing a routine, you can maintain a level of physical activity which will help you maintain a positive mental attitude.
Even if you can’t go to the gym or your sports centre, there are other alternatives to help you remain active.
Confined at home, can you tell if there are ways for me to train at home?
First, if you run outside or practice an outdoor activity, make sure you respect the social distancing recommendations.
Otherwise, if you train at home, use what you have in the house. To help you prepare or plan training sessions, you can also search online for programs that propose various training options according to your needs.
It’s a good time to try a few, especially since certain platforms on the web are available for free.
I spend a lot of time on the social media to stay busy.
What else can I do?
First, let me tell you that it’s very good that you want to do other things and spend less time on social media.
Since you’re talking about social media, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you to be careful if you find your information on social media. Make sure that you consult reliable sources and maintain a balance which will allow you to fully understand the situation and the measures put into place.
That said, you could adopt a routine with predetermined times that would allow you to do different things and find an interest outside of sport.
Painting, drawing, craftwork, sewing, stamp collecting, music, cooking, etc. And don’t forget your studies.;)
I find it hard to be at home like this… with my parents and my family. Is that normal?
It’s perfectly normal for you to feel that way… and the members of your family probably feel the same way.
This situation is unusual and destabilizes many people since it generates sudden and unexpected changes for everyone.
The result is that these changes have probably shaken up your family’s daily life.
It may be the time to take care of yourself with your family and take the time to talk and have fun together.
I need to talk and I don’t know who I can turn to. Do you have any suggestions?
First, I have to congratulate you for recognizing your need to talk. Bravo, because in this case it’s important to seek support.
To do this, you can stay in virtual contact with your friends and loved ones to discuss your feelings between yourselves.
You can also ask for help and contact us at Sport’Aide. We are there to listen to you and to help you.
Finally, there are regional organizations (e.g. Excellence Sportive Québec Lévis, Excellence Sportive Île-de-Montréal, the Centre régional d’entraînement et d’événements de la Mauricie, etc.) which can recommend other assistance sources to you.
Can I train outdoors despite the recommendation to stay at home?
Yes, you can train outdoors but you must make sure you respect the general recommendations.
Therefore, you cannot train as part of a group and you must respect the physical social distancing rules and stay at least 2 metres away from another person. Also, remember that if you are coming back from a trip, you must respect the 14-day quarantine period where you cannot leave the house.
After the quarantine period, if you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you can walk, run or bike!
I will not experience my end of season championship and it really frustrates me. It makes me mad and I find it unfair.
It’s perfectly normal to feel this way, but I invite you to think about later on, when activities resume.
Yes, it’s unfortunate that you cannot finish the season, but you are not alone in this situation.
Think about those who may not even be able to start their upcoming summer season.
I understand you, but I recommend that you take advantage of this break to benefit from a longer period to prepare for the next season.
If you have a question for us, do not hesitate to contact us. We will answer it.