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It’s OK not to be OK

The world is in a strange place. A COVID-19 outbreak has divided our communities. Differing opinions on its severity rage. The economy has taken a downward turn. Businesses are failing. People’s livelihoods are flashing before their eyes. Jobs are being lost, pay is being cut, and a government bail out is looking bleak.


We are walking down a dark tunnel seemingly without a pin point of light. The media paints a bleak picture, politicians are hard to believe. Governing powers continue to play their hands without first strategizing with their partners.


As a small business owner, I’ve had to pivot businesses in less than 48hours. Like many parents I have had to embrace homeschooling, admittedly not as gracefully as most. Quite honestly, this has been the most mentally challenging event that I have taken part in, except I didn’t pay or even sign up for it this time.


We have all hung in there, but three weeks in it’s ok not to be ok.

I stay up way too late and get up way too early worrying about the future. My heart aches for the uncertainty my city's fitness community faces. My stomach flips when I hear of elongated extensions. My eyes sting with tears and it’s hard to swallow the lump in my throat when I think about the possibility of losing what I have worked so ard for.

And that’s ok.

It’s ok to feel sad, nervous, and anxious. It’s ok to feel ‘over it’, mad, and powerless. It’s ok to ask for help from your friend, mentor, or community. It’s ok to ask for help from a professional.

Turn off your media channels. Mute them. Unfollow them. Don’t go down the rabbit hole of news. Instead, phone a friend. Call on an acquaintance. Make an appointment with a professional. As cliche as it sounds, we will get through this together as lonely as it feels.

Stay well however you feel you need to.

In health and fitness,

Joanne Cogle


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