Late on the 15th of July I was inspired to start doing Insanity again… but I did not. I had planned to start on Monday and I joined a fb group for the sole purpose of doing insanity…instead I did something different – I was stressed out from work.
Stress from work can push you to your limits a couple of times a year. It’s not always that work is the stressor, but that there is a whole life that adds stress and the one time I especially need not be stressed out is work. For me, there are a few times a year that I am pushed to the brink. I have a very chaotic life that I’m unsure how I manage it. I can tell (that I’m stressed out) because I have an increase in migraine-like headaches, an increase in depression (just wanting to sit on the couch or take naps at night), and a hatred for all things (meaning I get short-tempered about everything – which I do my best not to take it out on people – and I feel horrible if I do.)
For 13+ years I’ve worked the same way. I rarely take a lunch, opting instead to work through lunch so I can get done a little early, which I end up working a little later. It is only in the last year that I have been forced to set an 730-330 (no lunch) or 730-430 (with lunch) timeframe as I have not had a whole lot of time that I could bill overtime. I must say that it’s been nice. I’ve managed to get my days into a 7:30-430 or 8-5 schedule, and take a lunch, and walk/run twice a day (just in the last two weeks.) I’m very happy with how that’s going. Back to the stress – I felt like I was so stressed out that if I didn’t step away from the computer I was going to have a stroke or a heart attack…so what did I do instead? I got workout clothes on, grabbed my phone, headphones, sunglasses, and car keys then drove to the nearby trail around a local campus and started walking. Disclaimer: If you feel like you’re going to have a stroke or heart attack don’t just go walk like I did, call 911 or go to urgent care.
I was in a zone – I already felt better stepping away from the computer. From doing yoga at lunch a few months earlier I knew that once I got started my brain would basically stop focusing on whatever I was doing and “clear out” so-to-speak. And towards the end of the walk that’s exactly what happened. I had run/walked this trail with the kids before (they rode bikes) and so I knew about how far it was and what to expect. As I neared the end of the session my mind had cleared and I felt a bit calmer. I was still stressed out (I would almost say burnt out,) but I felt better – I didn’t feel constrained…so I did it again later in the day.
Since starting walking on the 16th of July I have walked an average of about one time a day. There have been a few days that it’s been rainy or over 90 degrees and I didn’t feel like it was safe; the path I walk winds down by a creek and has steep slopes so rain can flood part of it…and while a lot of the path is shaded by trees 90+ degrees is still quite hot and I didn’t want to have some sort of heat episode and not be in a position to get help (even with my phone right there.) So, I went out and bought a baby Camelbak – it’s actually a Mini-M.U.L.E. which is a kids Camelbak (though it holds 70oz of water) and I purchased these very nice bicep sleeves that hold my phone (I only need one for my workout obviously) that wick water away from the phone. These sleeves are fantastic! I highly recommend them – I don’t even notice that I’m wearing them and they don’t get hot. They’re a spandex material that is very comfortable.