Stop And Smell The RosesPosted: August 16, 2013
I’ve been kind of struggling with energy lately.
I wake up in the morning with little desire to get to the gym, and I have no motivation to do anything by the time I get out of work. I feel kind of tired during the day, and I’m pretty much ready for bed by the time 8pm rolls around. I’ve been wondering if it’s because I haven’t been getting enough sleep, or that I’ve been eating too much junk food, or anything else that would physically zap me of energy, but more than that, I think I’ve just been busy and I’m getting a little bit burned out.
I haven’t taken time off from the gym since at least the beginning of the summer, and I‘ve had a ton of stuff going on lately. There’s work, which keeps me busy, then there’s friends’ weddings coming up(which I’m totally pumped for), plus I’m moving, so there’s cleaning and packing and transporting and unpacking going on, and on top of that there’s the whole “make the most of the short, short summer” thing, so there’s been all kinds of outings and trips and family events and visits with friends and fun stuff to do… Oh yeah, and I’m getting my wisdom teeth out next week.
I’ve gotten through all the workouts this week, but I’m thankful that we’ve gone a little easier than normal. I haven’t really been going as hard as usual in the strength portions, and the WODs have kind of tapered off in intensity as we got to the end of the week. I’m probably going to continue to take it easy next week too, and then I’ll be forced to relax for a few days after my surgery, so I’m kind of (almost, sort of) looking forward to that (a little…).
I usually have a long list of things I want to/need to do after work and on weekends, and while the “need to” list hasn’t gotten any shorter, the “want to” list has dwindled a little bit this week. Sometimes I mistake my want to’s for need to’s (like getting a second workout in or shopping/baking/attending things that aren’t actually necessary), so I’ve tried to keep that to a minimum.
I’ve been getting done the things I truly need to, like finding an outfit and a gift for the bridal shower I’m headed to this weekend, and I’ve pushed off some of the things that can wait, like packing up my entire apartment three weeks before I actually need to be out. It’s definitely helped me relax a little and use my time a bit more wisely, and it’s been allowing me to enjoy this busy time a little bit more.
The weather has been beautiful this week, so I planned on going for a couple of after-work runs, but for the cherry on top, I have these shin splints that just won’t quit. At first, I thought my shins were just bruised from hitting them on the barbell or the box jump, but the bruises are getting worse… and I haven’t hit them in a while. I don’t want it turning into anything serious (like stress fractures, eek!), so my runs have turned into walks.
But wouldn’t you know – that turned out to be a really great thing.
Sometimes when I run, I miss things, and walking is seriously underrated. It’s a lot more peaceful (at least for me, since running is a challenge), and I’m much better able to take in the beauty around me. I’ve got all this wonderful nature right near my house, and although I love packing my schedule with fun things to do, sometimes it’s also important to stop and smell the roses.
I’m looking forward to all the stuff I’ve got coming up (well, except the wisdom teeth) so maintaining a level of sanity amidst the chaos is key to enjoying it. Long walks through scenes like those work wonders for bringing a calm moment into a busy time, and I’m excited to recharge and make the most of the summer we’ve got left.
Has your summer been crazy busy?
What do you do to stay sane in busy times?