I don’t know about you but I am DEEPLY affected by weather conditions. Some people think that is crazy. I am here to tell you that I do not believe it is crazy AT ALL!
This year I have been personally struggling.
On cold rainy days, I want nothing more than to crawl into my bed and wait it out. Had I done that though, I would still be hibernating between my sheets and we are halfway through May!
I have always been affected by weather. It is a REAL THING so please know you are not alone if you have these feelings in your body show up. Symptoms include: pain in low back and neck, pressure headaches, eyes aching, respiratory issues, aching all over, mood swings.
For many of you who know me, you may be thinking this is ridiculous that I am saying this happens to me as I come across as cheerful most of the time…I am not and experience all these symptoms quite regularly with our current weather system.
Honestly, there is really only one true Godsend that I have found that works for me……MOVEMENT and lots of it!
Movement has been imperative to my health and even more so with the long winter we have had this year.
I struggle most days to “want” to get up and move. The good news for me is, it is my career so not really a choice to say “ah, I will go tomorrow.” There are days I just feel my brain screaming “I do not want to do this today!” and everyday that these internal struggles show up, I know I have to go whether I like it or not and here is the best part….
It’s really juicy….EVERY TIME the music comes on, within 5 seconds of the first beat, everything begins to shift. It’s like coming up from holding your breathe under water for a long time. That first inhale is so refreshing…As the music and dance continues on, I can feel my WHOLE body and mind coming ALIVE as if I had been in a coma prior to that moment. By the end of 60 minutes, those pains, breathing, headache, mood swings…they are GONE!
I am AWAKE. I am ALIVE. I am ME AGAIN!
The hardest part in all of it is just getting myself to the location of a class. Once there, the whole world shifts.
In all my 42 years I have never found something that holds such a profound impact on not just my physical health but my mental and emotional health as well all at the same time.
I have spoke to many ladies recently who I am clear are dealing with the same thing. Many have commented on “I was going to come but I am just so tired right now.” Or “I was going to come but this weather has got me down.”
I want you to know I get it. I want you to know I experience it too.
I want you to know there is a way past all of that for you to FEEL GREAT even now, with the weather the way it is.
I cannot change Mother Nature, however, I can shift what I am doing to have my life working and positive no matter what Mother Nature decides to do, and YOU CAN TOO!
You are not alone.
Come out to a class and let’s MOVE together! 🙂
Life is not easy all the time and being human, we all deal with a certain amount of stress. It is just a fact of life.
Stress is something that will diminish your energy, cause anxiety through your body, leave you feeling like you either need to run away or stand up and fight.
It really does affect us all.
So what’s the solution?
I can only speak from what I know. What I know if that I spent MANY years being a prisoner of my stress. It would build up in my body until I felt paralyzed and couldn’t think of what a possible “next step” could even be!
One day while feeling super bummed out and wanting to hide, I heard a fun song on the radio that I knew. I could feel the corners of my mouth turning up. Soon I realized I was singing along. By the end of the song I was up and moving around cleaning up while doing a little dance.
I felt great. Like the cement blocks on my shoulders were starting to crumble.
I started to do this more often when feeling super stressed out.
It wasn’t until years later that I discovered Zumba…and then really…like no kidding…I DANCE OUT ALL MY STRESS every week and feel amazing…even to this day!!!
Zumba became my full-time stress reliever.
I discovered that rhythms and moving my body to rhythms allowed not only my physical body to “feel good” but it also rearranges molecules in my thinking and how I react to difficult situations.
Zumba became my solution to dealing with my stress. Maybe it could for you too!
Check out a class OR even start by just heading over to my videos and trying one song at home! 🙂
Seriously, this gets missed A LOT by MANY people!
Speaking from my own experience, I have a tendency to put everyone in my life’s needs before my own & by the end of the day, I am spent with no energy to give back to myself.
Recently, I have been switching it up.
Checking in with myself each MORNING & ensuring what I need from myself for the day, I get.
What this has shown me is that I am still able to be there & support others like I always did (if not even better now) & all my own personal needs are taken care of & I do not waiver from ensuring they are in a timely manner everyday!
So do what you need to do to take care of yourself FIRST & then watch how much easier it is to be there for others!
What is it that you need to take care of YOU?
There is something about starting a New Year that allows for all of what didn’t work the year before to be put behind me.
I begin to think about what it is that I want to accomplish in the New Year and looking at what it will take to do so.
I have made New Year’s resolutions before but quickly they fell out of existence…mainly because they were “great ideas” but I failed to put a plan of action to achieve them in place.
Now, in the first week of the New Year, I fill my calendar with actions. Actions that will propel what I want to accomplish and I do it in 3 month increments. I set out my schedule of what I know I already have to do. ie. Work, homework, accounting, etc. and then I add in my personal workouts (I schedule my fitness like I do work), meetings, phone calls, etc.
Yes. I teach fitness classes, however, I also do some personal fitness goals just for me as well as a mind, body, spirit regime of reading, meditating and more. Honestly, if I do not schedule this stuff in, it doesn’t happen and I had to get really straight with myself about that.
Left to my own devices, I could binge on Netflix or find 1000 other things to do before taking care of me. Yup. I am just as guilty as the next person!
Action plans create just that….ACTION!
Imagine yourself 3 months out from where you currently are and walk back from that point to what you had to do to get there and write it all down. Use a google calendar! Put a calendar app on your phone, or if you like to go ‘old school’ write it on a piece of paper and go to work!
Remember, do not beat yourself up if you miss an action. Just put it back in existence and look towards that future you are creating.
Be kind to yourself and be in action.
Make 2019 your BEST YEAR YET!
In a world of busy, it is important to remember whether you are in person OR on-line you have a choice in EVERY moment to show love and kindness.
So many times I see negativity being spread on social media and just the other day, I was at the gas station and witnessed a guy yelling at a woman because in his opinion, she was taking too long at the pump. Whenever I see this kind of behavior whether on-line or in person, I have to wonder how much energy all that negativity just sucked out of the person dishing it out and how much energy was taken away from the person who it got delivered on.
I know first-hand when I am being kind to someone in either situation, by the end I am lit up and so is the person I supported or spoke kindly to. It is like a little energy boost without doing a physical work out. It just feels great!
I assert that when we/you/I dump negativity on someone quite the opposite occurs and a loss of energy happens. This leaves us feeling drained, unhappy and many times ready to give up.
That being said, if you want to energize your day, spend the day doing kind deeds or saying kind things to others and see how your energy level boosts!
An attitude of gratitude and sprinkling kindness everywhere you go brings on Good Karma, abundance of energy and an awesome life!
Don’t just take my word for it….GET OUT THERE AND SPRINKLE KINDNESS EVERYWHERE! 🙂
As the Holidays fast approach, this can be a very difficult time for many. Between families coming together, presents being bought, missing those that are no longer with us or are unable to make it home for the holidays, days can seem hard and unpredictable.
When it comes to holidays, my family and I (my biological family) haven’t spent a holiday together in quite some time. The only reason why this doesn’t sadden me is that whenever I go home or my family comes to Ontario, we make it seem like a holiday is happening!
We have been known to give gifts in July and wish each other a Merry Christmas and we just have it be that the holiday is “whenever we are together”.
In the past few years, my family (here in Ontario) have experienced some big losses and while it was not easy for any of us, we have been able to come together and celebrate those who are no longer here and work on making new traditions while still keeping the original ones.
What I have learned this far in my 41 years of life, is that everything comes down to perspective and I get to say how I react to things that are happening in my life. That is sometimes really hard to see and I need the support of my loved one’s and friends to guide me in getting past what it is that has come up.
It is not a bad thing to ask for support. For someone to talk to, confide in and genuinely let them in to support you during this time…when we are truly in the giving spirit of the holidays, what there is to give is love.
Unconditional love. To all.