10 Ways to Deal with the Boring Times Ahead

Stuck in Quarantine? Home detention? Yes, I understand that we are the lucky few to have the option to be safe, more than hundreds of thousands in the world. We are lucky, we can work from home, we have paid holidays, or we just are scrambling to find ways to survive (like me) I may add to make yourself feel better; we have time. And now more than ever we have time alone.

Being a footballer, travelling the world and often being alone. Gives you time to obviously work on yourself and here are 10 ways to unbore boredom during this time.

1. Exercise! Are you shocked that this is my first one? Know more than ever you can see what works for you. My gym @performanceplayground has gone online and I watch the “gymnastics”, “sweat” and classes online and due to all this commotion on playback for the late nights. I get that it is so easy to crack open all that booze and yeah why not? Try gymnastics, try yoga online, just try what you like, you may decide that online is for you.

2. Update your LinkedIn. Yes, what a geek Aimee? Do you even know what LinkedIn is? Well, it is important and in times like these your “brand” and presence in cyberland will keep you floating. What was that job you did last year? Does it matter? Yes, and when you need a CV just take it off there. You have time to make time.

3. Create an Action Plan. I know a lot of people just go from day to day, yeah life is for living but if you are like me. Reflection and action plans are something to get excited about. What do you want in 5 years? Well go get it. Time now to figure out if you are actually doing what is right for you.

4. Reach out – An easy one you would think. Take the time now to see those beautiful faces. Appreciate them. Although, I ring my parents every day. It is not often that I take the time to really see them. I mean see them and breathe and realise that that moment may not last forever. Screenshot it, breathe it, dream it, live it. SKYPE, I use Facebook Messenger, make time to have a reunion, why not.

5, Write, this is my one. All these feelings and with work I didn’t write. I know it was my goal, it makes me happy but I guess I didn’t and I haven’t because I thought there was no need. There is so much to read these days, why would I need to blog? Well, for me, it is something I love to do and now we have time, so whatever, blog it away.

6. Take time to look at jobs that you never knew existed. I know that this may be pointless but seriously, due to this outbreak, what job has even been safe? What jobs have been created? And what will pay the bills? Take it as a time for adventure, trial things and get working.

7. Read. You hate reading. Well read something you like. Reading equals learning. Anything you read will enhance you in someway, let it build perspective, let it make you forget what is happening.

8. SLEEP – thank God for this one.

9. Go online, honestly it is time to go online. Surf whatever you want and do not feel guilty for it. Try dating, try memes, yeah a new Tiktok Revolution, do what you want, this is your time.

10. And 10, last but not least and dragging out a little. Believe, do something that makes you believe, makes you smile. Falling over in a hotel room the other day trying to do an online gymnastics handstand, yeah. Made me believe that everything is going to be ok.

Football Sucks

I am so sorry to tell you this…BUT there will be some days where football sucks, it will not only just suck. It will ruin your day, it will ruin your night, it will make you doubt yourself, it may make you do none of these things, it may make you want to prove the naysayers wrong, it could do a lot of things BUT from my experience, there will be days where football is just going to SUCK and there is nothing really good to say about it. I understand the feeling too well and empathise with you. I can’t always tell you that it will be ok, because it won’t BUT I will give you hope. That it will only take one game, one game for everything to click for you to feel like you love the game again. And you do love the game. You just don’t like everything that comes with it.

Live with it, use it to be better. There will be a team for you, there will be, you just need to TRUST that with hard work you will get better and continue getting better.

On those days especially, I want you to be good to yourself (I know that it is easier said than done). I want you to really take in this blog post and UNDERSTAND that there are thousands of people out there who would LOVE to be you. However, that thinking does give me perspective but not enough these days. What keeps me going is being kind to myself. I watch my game, I take in what I can from feedback (I do not let people, even coaches perspectives drown my inner soul), I focus on what I did, what I can do better and I MOVE the hell on.

I forgive myself. Yes, that is right, I forgive myself for being so mean and having these expectations on myself. I move on and realise that I am my investment, and I will continue working on my craft. It will get better. It will get better.

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