Take this time to reflect!

“Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are” – Karen Maezen Miller

I know I know, just what you need, another self-help type blog post. But before you click the x and go back to your daily social media scrolling, take a couple minutes and hear me out.

Trust me, I get it. There are TONS of articles and blog posts being sent out about health, fitness, diet, nutrition, immune systems, business plans, courses you can take, you name it. What they all have in common unfortunately is this conception that because you have all this “time” being quarantined, you “should” take advantage and be “productive”. Notice I put time, should, and productive in quotation marks. That’s because those three words are all relevant to what each particular person is going through. Productive for one person might mean having a clean house and dinner ready by 5 pm, while for others may be just simply getting out of bed by noon and taking a shower. (We’ve all been there). Constantly seeing and reading these posts can have a negative impact on our mental health and psyche. We WANT to be productive, but we’re also just trying to survive. I get that.

Here’s where we can start to shift this mindset.

What if I told you that you can be productive without actually doing anything at all?

You would think that’s a trick right? There has to be some type of catch. NOPE. No trick, (treats optional 🎃 ), just facts. Or words. One word actually. That word is embrace. Yes, really EMBRACE this quarantine. The world has slowed down, dramatically. Events are cancelled, weddings are postponed, schools are online, restaurants are take-out only, gyms are closed, the list goes on. While this is not great for our economy, it IS great for us. We are finally given this opportunity to really SLOW down and REFLECT on our current lives.

But D-rob, how do I embrace the quarantine?

By first ACCEPTING it. You need to accept the current situation for what it is. It’s not going anywhere. No matter what our leaders are saying, it seems that the virus will not fully go away until we get a vaccine, which can take up to a full year. I know when people hear that time frame, they start to worry and get anxious about what that will look like. Try not to think that far ahead. Accept that time frame. Your anxiety and thoughts will not change that.

Okay, so I’ve started to embrace this, now what?

Awesome question. Once you accept and start to embrace this, you’ve already won half the battle. Now you can look inward. Really look inward. Slowing down naturally allows us to reflect on our life. This is where you can start to ask yourself some important questions. Notice I just said ASK. Not answer. You don’t have to answer anything that you are not ready for. By simply asking yourself these questions, you will trigger your subconscious to actively start answering these questions without you thinking about it. I like to call this process “marinating”. Just let those questions marinate for a while. Your answers will come to you when they are ready.

I want to reflect and ask myself the right questions, but I’m afraid I won’t know what to ask. What are some good questions to ask myself?

This process can scare people away because we don’t know the correct questions to ask. And for each person the questions will be noticeably different. Here are three general questions to get your ball rolling. (Physical Education teacher reference 🏀).

1) Are you happy with your current _____?

Simple, but effective. Are you actually happy? Happy with your job? Your relationship? Friends? Health? Weight? Whatever the topic is can apply. Happiness is something that gets overlooked. We get comfortable with our current situation and are often blinded by that level of comfort. However, comfort is not always happiness. Ask yourself that question with each topic and let those marinate for a while. No rush to answer. Remember, you now have all this “time”.

2) If you can change anything in your life, what would that be?

Change scares us. Just seeing that question probably made you cringe. That’s normal. Hopefully for you, the weight of that question is lifted somewhat because you do not need to come up with an answer. Just ask the question. That’s it. Simple.

3) What is your DREAM ______?

Same concept as question number 1. Fill in the blank with your life, relationship, job, health. Many times, we lose track of what our dreams are, or simply become off-course. This question jumpstarts the process to get back on track. Your subconscious is filled with your inner most dreams and desires. It’s time to wake them back up.

How do I ask these questions? Do I read them aloud? Write them down? What works best?

Each person will have a different approach. What I have found that works best is writing them down with a pen and paper, like in a journal or notepad. For some people writing it in their phone works best. For others, repeating the questions aloud helps them. Find what works for you. The key is being relaxed when asking these questions. Right before you go to sleep is often the time when you are most relaxed. Use that to ask yourself these questions. As you sleep, your brain is doing ALL the work for you. Answers will come. (Just like that father who appeared in a baseball diamond in the middle of a Iowa cornfield 🤔⚾️🌽).

I hope this post serves to help you in this reflective process. Reflecting doesn’t have to be this big scary thing. We naturally are reflective creatures, the trick is quieting the noise around us. And in this time, that is the hardest part.

Be patient with this process, and be patient with yourself.

Peace and love,

D-rob ✌️🧘🏻‍♂️

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Three healthy tips you can start doing to improve your immune system

I know during this time you’ve probably seen a MILLION posts and articles similar to mine. Everyone suddenly is either a health professional, doctor, nurse, CDC expert, fitness trainer, or nutritionist. Luckily for you, I’m none of those things. I’m simply a Physical Education and Health teacher with a passion for being fit, eating a healthy diet, and sharing that knowledge and passion with others.


Here’s what that means for you. I have decided to take the THREE best tips from various articles and put them into this one post to make it easy and convenient for you to follow. In this post I will tell you what you can do at home, where you can find certain products, the cost, how it can keep you healthy, and how it will benefit your immune system. Some things are really basic (like just being hydrated and drinking water), while others may involve a change in your diet. (cough, eating fruits and vegetables….) Okay maybe I shouldn’t have put the cough, but you get it. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to ask, either below the post or anywhere you find me on social media.

Tip #1 – Drink water. LOTS of it!
You see this a lot. However when we are just sitting around the house not doing as much, we tend to forget this simple rule. We are made up of 75% water. Our cells, tissues, organs, and bodies thrive off it. Water regularly maintains the upkeep of our body systems, including our immune system. Water helps flush out toxins, brings oxygen to the blood, and is the pillar of maintaining proper health. And since you’re most likely working from home and maintaining adequate social distancing, you don’t have to worry about being near a bathroom! (If you’re interested in leveling up your water drinking skills, you can buy a Brita filter pitcher, 19.99 on Amazon for the 5 cup turquoise edition and you have clean, purified water at your convenience).

Tip #2 – Exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.
This one can be tough. Gyms are closed. You may not have the space or equipment at home. Motivation is low. Anxiety is high. I get it. But somehow you need to muster up the strength and move your body for at least 20 minutes a day. This can include various bodyweight exercises, Yoga, Pilates, or form of stretching or movement is beneficial. If you want to get out of the house and exercise outside that’s even better! Walking, biking, hiking, jogging, and/or running are all great options to get some exercise in outdoors. Local parks or trails are great options, if they decide to stay open, but if not, performing those activities outside on your street are just as beneficial. Plus, being in the sun provides you with Vitamin D, one of the micronutrients I talk about in the next paragraph that also helps your immune system. Exercise on the body does a couple of things. First, it improves blood flow and the amount of oxygen that your heart and body are receiving. Second, it can help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. That’s because exercise causes change in our antibodies and white blood cells. Our white blood cells are our body’s immune system cells that fight disease. When they are able to circulate more rapidly like after exercise, they can detect illnesses much earlier. So think of exercise as a much needed boost for your immune system.

Tip # 3 – Eat MORE fruits and vegetables!
Suddenly when there is a nationwide panic to overbuy at your local supermarket, everyone goes for the pasta, the chips, the cookies, and the junk food. (And apparently toilet paper 🤦🏻‍♂️)
Yes, that food tastes good. No, I am not telling you not to eat it. However, your immune system works BEST when it eats fruits and vegetables, not Oreo’s and Doritos. (Or McDonald’s, Sorry Chris 😜) Fruits and vegetables have one thing that junk food does not, and that is micronutrients. The micronutrients in fruits and vegetables include different vitamins and minerals that helps our bodies and immune system thrive. The more colorful the fruits and vegetables, the better. Think blueberries, strawberries, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, peppers, etc. That’s because they also carry antioxidants. Which is just a fancy word for a substance that inhibits oxidation, or reduces damage done by oxygen. But in truth, they provide considerable help to your immune system. By supplying these nutrients and antioxidants to your immune system, you improve your body’s ability to FIGHT illness.
“But D-rob, what happens when the store doesn’t have any more fruit or vegetables, can I do anything else to help get these nutrients?”
Solid question, glad you asked. Luckily, there are great supplements and green powders out there that offer various servings of fruits and vegetables through one little scoop of powder. They are also not too expensive. One I recommend is from the company Amazing Grass called “Green Superfood”. On Amazon, it’s currently 21.97 for 30 servings, and if you get lucky, can sometimes find it in stock at Stop and shop for the same price. Adding one scoop to any liquid and shaking it up will do the trick. Buy some frozen berries, (all supermarkets I went too this past weekend had these currently in stock), put them in a blender, add some non-dairy milk, one or two scoops of the green superfood, and boom, all your servings of fruits and vegetables in one healthy delicious drink. You want to pig out on your snack food, I am not going to stop you. But add some fruits and vegetables to the mix. Your immune system depends on it.

There you have it. Three of the best tips to staying healthy during social distancing. No I didn’t include washing your hands and general cleanliness because let’s face it, if you still don’t know you should be doing those things than no article or expert will be able to help you. If you want more tips, you can scroll down and read my previous post on tips to eating a healthy diet. They are a little bit more extreme, but provide even more benefits to your body and immune system.


I hope these tips are useful and can help you in the next couple of months.
Don’t forget the power of staying connected to one another and offering support to your friends and family during this hard time. Social distancing does not mean social isolation. We need interaction. We need support. We need love.
Stay healthy my friends,
-Drob