The weather is really starting to change in New England and it’s getting darker earlier as we approach the winter solstice. A lot of people in my office have been coughing and sneezing as flu season commences. Seasonal changes occur all the time in New England (sometimes even daily!) but it seems like the fall/winter transition tends to hit us the hardest.
Transitions create stress and it seems like a lot of people I know have been exceptionally stressed recently, including myself. I personally haven’t been pushing myself a lot physically and my health has been off for weeks. It’s been a combination of not feeling so great, not eating super well, and not having a lot of energy — it seems as if I trapped myself in a sort of vicious cycle I couldn’t see my way out of.
I met a very kind woman who convinced my to try hot yoga after we talked about me dabbling with it on my own and with friends. When we first talked I thought to myself: yeah, once I have more energy I’ll definitely do it. What an excuse! Sometimes you just have to give yourself a chance and give something a try.
I gave warm yoga a shot a few days ago at a place near where I work. I typically get to work around 7 a.m. so I decided to try the 6-7 a.m. session. I ended up really liking it, it’s a type of yoga calling “vinyasa” which is also called flow yoga.
I ended up enjoying it so much that I decided to try another studio near where I live an sign up for a newcomer pass which means I can go to an unlimited amount of classes for 2 weeks. I’ve gone at least one a day for the most part. It’s been wonderful. I haven’t felt this clear-headed, energetic, and focused in so long. It’s utterly refreshing.
Besides yoga, I decided to take a weekly hip hop class (I’ve been dying to for several years not) and it’s been super fun. It’s neat to see a lot of parents in the class. One woman explained that she had 3 kids at home (including a 4 month-old) and how she and her husband try to find activities like this to get a small “break”. Life seems a lot more like a juggling act when we get older!
I’m not saying that everyone should go out and try yoga and then everything will be okay (although, maybe that’s true!). What I’ve found is that sometimes we tell ourselves “oh, I’m so tired” or “oh, I’m so busy” when we’re often really just being lazy and making excuses. I am an incredibly busy person and I do a lot of different activities but I’ve forced myself to balance everything out and think deeply about what I need to do in order to be happy with my life and be healthy. Maybe these activities aren’t your thing but there must be something you would be willing to try!
I don’t want to be like some of my friends and co-workers who live weekend to weekend. I want to enjoy each day as it comes to the best of my abilities. I want to actively take part in bettering myself and others. Making sure our lives are balanced and that we enjoy enough challenges as well as recreational time to have our lives be more complete.