Monday Musings: Sweat off the Stress

 

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Happy Monday all! Hopefully you had a stress-free weekend. I didn’t, but it’s OK. It’s getting to be that time of year when stress and anxiety start to creep out of nowhere. Typically I’m pretty decent at managing it, but this year the Holidays are coming faster than I ever remember. For once work is so busy that I barely have time to think about anything else. And each day I look at the calendar, I start to get that inner panic. Running. Out. Of. Time. It doesn’t help when the ol’ Facebook feed was filled with friends getting ready for Christmas this past weekend, and the holly jolly commercials began on TV. Can’t we just enjoy November? It’s really pretty outside still, and we’re getting a Polar Vortex later this week! All happy things for us to enjoy! No? You don’t like winter? Too bad, it’s coming!

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Running, it’s cheaper than therapy”. I’ve never been a great runner, but I’ve always wanted to be one. I gaze longingly at those up and running before the sun rises, wishing I could have that kind of motivation. I’ve even tried picking myself up some cute running clothes, thinking my love of clothing would be that extra push I needed to get me out of the door or onto the treadmill. Turns out work out clothes make great sitting around on the couch, snuggling the pups and drinking wine clothes. True story.

The truth is running has always been so damn hard and challenging for me that I normally quit before I even give myself a chance to improve.  And while I can complain all day about how heavy my legs feel, how my endurance is for shit, how my feet get way too hot, the real answer is…it’s 100% mental for me. But when I do it. When I actually move the pups off of my lap, put down the glass of wine and get on the treadmill, it feels amazing. Not while I’m running. Running never feels good to me while I’m doing it. Let’s not kid ourselves here. It’s the after effects that bring me the most joy through the pain. And the combination of the perfect playlist and running, well….those mood lifting hormones start dancing and releasing all over the damn place. It’s the extra kick I need to mentally get through whatever it is that’s on my mind and bringing me anxiety. It’s pretty amazing how my mood can change just like that. My husband calls it the “bitch-reversal” effect. How I hate when he’s right.

So just for you this morning, as we start to roll closer to the Holidays and your stress levels start to rise –  a few links to get you through the morning and my most favorite playlist at the moment to get your ass in gear. I even took most of the hard rock and metal off just for you.  I did say “most”.  You all could use a little Volbeat in your life this time of year.  You could use some Slipknot too, but we’ll take things slow….see how you like it.

I Feel Prettiest When I Sweat: Carbon 38 carries some of the sickest work wear you ever did see. Think leopard print leggings, lots of mesh and sports bras that are way too pretty (and a tad bondagey) to be under wraps. Me likey.

You Need Some Cave Time: We hear a lot that self-care is the way to go when we’re stressed – but isn’t self-care just another to do list? Sometimes doing nothing at all is the answer.

It’s Wine O’ Clock: Great news red wine drinkers! A glass of wine is equivalent to an hour of exercise! Sorry white wine drinkers. You still need to move that ass. Or put on your big girl/boy pants and drink red.

 

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