Personal space, Dreameater. PERSONAL SPACE.
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I mentioned a few pages back how busy I’ve been. I’ve been noticing a lot of health issues cropping up. Back muscles that seize, chronic head-aches, insomnia, weight gain…little things that add up over time. I used to attend yoga classes, and after that Tai Chi, but haven’t done either in the last year. I’ve been devoting all of my time and money to this story and growing my small business around it, so whenever I thought about going to a class I always said “I don’t have the time,” and “I don’t have the money.” However, the stress level got so bad last week that I decided I had to do something, and the easiest way to get around those excuses was to buy a yoga DVD. Total cost: $9. And I don’t even have to leave my house or get out of my PJs to practice. No more excuses! It arrived two days ago and so far…I think I really, really needed this.
It’s amazing how much flexibility and stamina I’ve completely lost. I knew I’d lost a little, but I had no idea it was that bad. More encouragingly, I’m surprised at how much just 20 minutes of stretching can improve my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. I feel better about myself and my body, and feel more equipped to tackle the challenges of the day. I’m very excited to make yoga a part of my routine again. I’m also glad that this time it’s a solo activity. It’s allowed me to recognize some of the background noise of my mind. When I was in a class, I was always trying to push myself to be stronger, better, more precise, more correct. Had to do things perfectly. Couldn’t show any sign of strain. I told myself I was doing it for the teacher. That I was trying to make them happy. When those feelings come up when I’m alone, I realize that there was never that external pressure. It’s me, and it’s always been me. I’m certainly not going to hurt the DVD’s feelings if I don’t do things perfectly! So while I do feel a little less militantly focused, I also feel a lot more relaxed and at peace…which is kinda the point, right?
What are you doing for your personal well-being?