It’s been a doozy of a month already.
- Major work projects, all on deadline. Two conferences on the docket where I’m a speaker, with slides due. An overflowing inbox.
- Pink eye for me and baby (on day one of vacation — what gives?). A lingering case of laryngitis. Worries about a close friend and colleague’s health.
- Loads of laundry to fold. Dinners that just don’t seem to cook themselves. Daycare transition (HOW CAN I HAVE A BABY IN THE 1-YEAR-OLD ROOM?).
- A triathlon that I’m woefully undertrained for. Two half marathons in the near future. Travel (for me and the man).
I definitely had a “poor me” moment today as I faced a night filled with computer work and chores. And then, something amazing happened.
I put it all aside…the deadlines and the sore throat and the unmopped floors…and I got on my bike.
(Inside, while baby napped, but a workout is a workout!)
I sweat it out. I literally sweat out the stress (and I hate the misuse of literally as much as anyone, so know that I actually think that the stress came out in every damp drop). With every push on the pedal and every spin of the wheel, I felt the control that had been slipping away somehow jump back into my body and nothing seemed impossible.
Lest you think this was some major aha moment after a century ride, or a hallucination due to dehydration…
…I only rode for 20 minutes. That’s all it took.
No matter what is happening in my life, I find my center in sweat. Even a bad workout makes me feel a sense of accomplishment. I can tune out everything else and focus only on the effort. It’s truly an incredible thing (and sure, there are days that I just don’t want to do it but as they say…”you never regret a workout.”).
Stressed out? Feeling overwhelmed? Think you’re about to lose it? Take a walk, or a run, or go to a dance class or get on the bike. It will change your outlook.
P.S. This will make you feel less stressed, too. Is she not the cutest thing EVER?