Top 10 Lockdown Lessons You Need to Learn from Hollywood
Are you struggling to cope with the Covid 19 Lockdown? Most people are.
Here’s a list of movies to inspire you.
1. Groundhog Day
Narcissistic weatherman Phil Conners must re-live the same crummy day in perpetuity. After years of lamenting his situation, he decides to take up some hobbies and help others. It gets to the point where he has to run around all day just to keep up. Keeping busy helps Phil enjoy his imprisonment, and he learns to love acts of service.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: HAVE A DAILY SCHEDULE
Each night before bed, set out a few things you want to get done tomorrow. And if you have a partner, delegate who is doing what. And if you have kids, write out who’s “on duty” at what times. This will reduce arguing, improve work productivity, and improve task completion, and peace of mind. Furthermore, ticking things off a “to-do” list feels great! We need those positive feelings!
2. King Pin
Perpetual loser Roy Munson is going nowhere. But after an adventure and some new-found wisdom, he realizes his life is better without alcohol. In the penultimate scene, he is found dumping bottles of booze down the drain. He knows his weakness and is removing the temptation from his home.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: FIGURE OUT WHAT ISN’T WORKING FOR YOU. CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT
Understand which foods have power over you. Take some time and really think about the pros and cons of eating those things. They are the kind you can’t stop eating. We call those “trigger foods.” They must never be in your home. In fact the less junk food you have in the house, the better you are going to eat. Keep lots of healthy food in the house.
3. Old School
Mitch “The Godfather” Martin and his gang are a resourceful bunch and stick together. They throw “the sickest parties” and beat Dean Pritchard at his own game.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: USE THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO YOU
Here are the services my wife and I rely on here in Toronto:
- Lowblaws click and collect – they bring the groceries to us in the car
- Grocery Gateway .com – they bring groceries to your building
- Trulocal .ca – they bring small farm meat and fresh-caught fish to your door
- Nutrition Balance .ca – meal delivery service
- Virtual babysitting via family members
4. The Pursuit of Happyness
A painful movie to watch yet it’s difficult to stop since Christopher Gardner epitomises resilience and the human spirit. A well-timed joke got him the break he needed and it all paid off.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: MINDSET IS EVERYTHING
Human beings are negative by nature and it’s not your fault! It’s just the way we evolved. But now it’s killing us! We have to be positive! Here are ways to build resilience:
- Positive thinking
- Stopping negative inner critic
Each day, try writing out three things that went well, and how they came to be. Stopping the inner critic is a 24/7 job. I say, ‘Don’t hate – evaluate”. Forgiveness is part of this process.
5. Terminator 2
Sarah Connor lives in a world that thinks she’s crazy. She endures abuse in the institution. She stays in peak physical condition and observes her surroundings, successfully mounting an escape. Her fitness helped keep her sane and it sure came in handy when she had to be physical.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: MAINTAIN SELF CARE & FITNESS
First of all, talk about resilience. She simply won’t quit. Secondly, full marks for her adaptive exercise (she turns her bed into a chin up bar). Exercise gives all of us a sense of control and achievement. It also provides “feel good” brain chemicals like serotonin. Exercise obviously is medicine but it’s not so easy to go from a gym to your kitchen floor. So if you need workout ideas, you can speak with your local trainer, myself, or my YouTube channel.
A NOTE ABOUT DIFFICULT TASKS
Psychologist Angela Duckworth, author of GRIT, suggests that we should do our difficult tasks in the same place every day. Also wearing similar clothes, at a similar time, with a formal workout program, listening to similar music, and so on. This removes negotiation, procrastination, etc.
6. Cast Away
Chuck Nolan goes to extreme lengths to have social contact while alone on an island. He literally “makes a friend” out of a volleyball. The relationship was a key element to his survival and daily enjoyment.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: MAKE EXTRA EFFORT TO HAVE SOCIAL SUPPORT
Community is even more important when we are isolated. Being a part of something bigger is motivating. Don’t just text it in. Get on a phone or video call.
7. Alien (series)
Things always seem to go bad for Ellen Ripley, and I’m talking sci-fi horror bad. But to say that she can take care of herself is an understatement. She’s extremely brave and cool under pressure. She uses her brain as often as she uses force; but when the job requires a huge gun, she can handle those too. Everything in her environment gets utilized to her advantage.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: ADAPT!
We can’t predict what next week is going to look like, let alone next month or next year (this is more true than ever). Be flexible. Try not to lament the situation. Instead, be creative. Adapt your mindset and routines. Move forward! Survive, or better yet, come out of this thing ahead.
8. Spiderman (series)
For most of Spidey’s life, the media portrays him as a criminal. Being a hero is a thankless job yet his core value of “great responsibility” ultimately guides him. So it’s true! One person really CAN make a difference! Don’t pay too much attention to the media.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: DON’T READ TOO MUCH BAD NEWS
There is no benefit to putting names, faces, and ages to all the people who are dying. That merely makes us feel even worse. Definitely take 15-30 minutes a day to keep apprised of what’s going on. Take dedicated time to mourn the tragedies and loss of life. Then move on to your positive thinking work.
9. Million Dollar Baby
Maggie Fitzgerald is tough. But “tough ain’t enough” according to her coach Frankie Dunn. That was his first piece of advice to her, and the start of his quest to protect her from her stubborn self. He taught her how to protect herself. He made her a champion. Granted she would have been a very good boxer without him, she would got punched in a face a lot more often.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: GET HELP
Coaches help people do things the easy way. Coaches hold people accountable to their goals in a supportive way. Success in fitness and nutrition often comes down to getting a coach. I can help you keep your head above water when you feel like you’re drowning. I’m not just a calorie counting machine. If you want a profound life-changing experience, give me a call.
Mulan was preparing to be a bride and have a chill life. Shit gets real and her family really needs someone to step up. So she does. She even does the ultimate isolation hack – she cuts her own hair. Mulan also learns that things have to happen in their own time.
LOCKDOWN LESSON: RISE TO THE OCCASION!
(BONUS) 11. Shawshank Redemption
You can’t have a movie list about lockdown isolation without Shawshank Redemption. Convict Andy Dufresne utilizes every attribute on this list: Making friends, keeping busy, patience, being positive, showing resilience, exercise, and more. “Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”