#TheQuarantine15 is not a thing and we aren't fearing it
This week many of us in the U.S. faced the reality that we will be isolated in our homes for the next few weeks, if not months. Amidst fears surrounding Covid-19 and the economy, a hashtag popped up regarding another concern - weight gain. #TheQuarantine15 has been circulating social media, making a comparison to the freshman fifteen one is often assumed to gain during their first year in college. As the media takes this idea and runs with it we see the promotion of weight loss products being pushed on all platforms. That only further speaks to the ever present diet culture that is still so prevalent in society. Despite the more pressing issues of the global pandemic, we can't seem to escape the fat phobia and body shaming. However, we are here to tell you that #TheQuarantine15 is not a thing and we aren't fearing it. Here's how:
This is a new way of life. We most likely have different schedules and perhaps we don't have access to the food we usually do. But that's okay. By living in the present moment, we will learn what works for us and adjust accordingly with time. As Founder of I Weigh, Jameela Jamil, said recently, I know now might be an unsettling moment as you may be eating different foods, maybe more food, and moving around less, and generally just feeling out of control in life. Know that it's all going to be ok Click here to read her full post.
For many of us our roles are changing. Perhaps you're working from home or you've now found yourself homeschooling your children. It can be tempting to set goals for yourself that may not be realistic at this time. Instead, give yourself the space to navigate these new situations. Unnecessary pressure to perform a certain way does not help you, especially during times like this.
Be kind to yourself and each other
You're amazing just the way you are. This can be a traumatic time and it's important to tap into your whole being - mind, body, and spirit. Take the time to appreciate what your body is capable of in the here and now. As diet culture continues to push their body shaming agenda, we must strive to love ourselves and each other now more than ever. We have a unique opportunity to join together and support each other as a community. Here are some positive resources and people we are loving right now: