As with any ambitious, hard-charging career woman, my life requires moments where I adjust my balance. My success level has increased, but my work load at home has not, which means additional stress and fewer moments of free time. Previously enjoyable activities such as reading now take on work aspects as I study novels for craft, even if all I really want is to sink into the story.
Something has to give.
The first thing to go was housework. As opposed to the old days when I would clean to procrastinate, my love for what I do means that a tidy house is nearly my last priority. Cooking, too, has taken on an air of odiousness that it didn’t have before. I’ve learned to adjust, and my family doesn’t really seem to care. Makes me think that my insistence on daily cleaning chores was my idea, not theirs.
But that wasn’t enough. My stress level was super high, including panic attacks and trouble breathing. There was no way I could continue at that pace, without any means of alleviating the tension. So I gave up caffeine and started up with yoga.
I used to do yoga more consistently, as well as maintain an active exercise regimen. But you know how these things go. A conference here. A holiday there. Kids home for summer break. And things go a bit pear-shaped.
This time, however, I know this isn’t for weight loss or to get my body into a different shape, although I know that will happen if I keep with it. The goal is to reduce stress. To have moments in my day where the OMG whoa of holding a pose claims my full attention. I need those times, to balance the constant mental wear and tear of shoving my career one foot father along.
What about you, everyone? What do you do to blow off stress? Do you have a exercise routine that helps you unwind? I’m giving away a copy of my favorite yoga DVD, The Firm’s Power Yoga, to one random commenter. Best of luck!