• Jake Shaw

Some Things to do during an apocalypse

We are going on 7 days now with this massive viral outbreak.

The world, as we know it, is seemingly coming to an end.

Unexpected vacations are happening for parents and children all over the U.S as there has been requests by the government of no more than 10 people in public gatherings.

With all of that being said, I figured I would try my best to make a list of things to do during an apocalypse. Things that will help prevent "cabin fever" if you will. Things that will help local businesses stay afloat in dire times. Things that may actually cause you to laugh or have fun when fun seems completely out of the question.

Without further ado, here is said list (in no particular order of significance)

1. Walk you dog -- it's good for you physically and now mentally as well. Your doggos will love it. I don't see any negatives. Use this time to "take a break" from the craziness that surrounds us.

2. Watch (or re-watch) your favorite movies or tv shows -- God only know how long we'll be in this predicament, so I personally recommend a show or movies with more than 1 or 2 seasons or sequels (i.e Harry Potter {8 movies}, Lord of the Rings {6 movies; if you include the Hobbit trilogy}, Supernatural {15 seasons}, CSI (15 seasons} just as a few examples.)

3. Go get your haircut, you filthy animal -- Now I know that haircuts can be seen as a frivolous expense and during a time of crisis, why is that necessary? Because, even during a crisis, hair stylists and barbers are working. Trying to keep their doors open just like many other small business. The least we could do is help one another in trying times. Plus, it'll make you feel a little better. (at least I always do after a haircut!)

4. Exercise -- For those of you that always say, "I don't have time to workout.", I think time was just opened up in your schedule. I'm not saying you have to go to the gym. I, along with many other trainers/coaches, am offering at-home workouts to follow along with using minimal equipment. It's not always about the amount of weight you can move, but more about the overall health and well-being of you body. Obesity, Cardiovascular health and our overall immunity can be directly related to your lack of regular exercise.

5. Skype, Facebook Portal, Facetime friends, relatives, neighbors -- In a time when we are being asked to avoid contact, why are we not using the technology that is readily available to us? So what if you don't have Facebook portal, use you phone and messenger (video capable). Use a laptop or Phone for Skype also. it's 2020 people!It's time to embrace technology.

6. Read a book -- I don't even care what book. A romance novel, a How-To book, A Hardy Boys book, a Self-Help book. Whatever it is, read. Learn. Be Inspired. Lose yourself. Even if its for a short amount of time.

7. Hone a new craft -- Maybe you have wanted to become better at wood working? Maybe you have wanted to write a novel? Maybe you have wanted to learn to drive a manual transmission vehicle? (Does anyone under the age of 30 know what that is....?) Maybe you have wanted to learn to ride a unicycle, juggle, jump rope etc? Whatever it is, DO IT! you have lots of time to get the hang of things.

Now my thoughts with this is not to overwhelm you or make you feel inadequate (because who am I kidding, I can't ride a unicycle either) but rather motivate and inspire you to take advantage of the time we have all been given, whether it was planned or not. Despite the current circumstances, life will go on.

As long as we all do our part to do what is necessary to keep everyone a little bit healthier, this too shall pass. During an unprecedented period in our nations history, will you just sit back and continue to fall victim to you unwillingness to adapt or will you be proactive and learn, share, grow with the rest of us?

It's easy to feel dejected. It's easy to feel sorry for ourselves. It's easy to give up and quit trying.

What's not easy is knowing that you haven't truly cherished the time you are gifted everyday. To sit back and not do anything is exactly what you've been doing all along. Now is the time to branch out!

I am always preaching that "Easy" is not always "Right". This is you time to not only stay motivated and help one another, this is also a time to show your true strength in showing you kids, friends and family members that you are proactive. You are tougher than your excuses. You are strong.

Wash your hands. Support small businesses (purchase gift crads to use at a later date or whatever, they have mouths to feed too), be a light beam of hope.

Because we're all we've got.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.


Jake S.


BST Fitness

"All the BST Things" Podcast

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