Sometimes it feels like there are too many things I have to do every day to stay grounded, whole, and strong.
Exercise. Write. Meditate. Read. Spend time outside. Talk to family and friends. Connect with my community.
If I were to make a list of all the things I *need* to do every day to feel like my best self, the list would have between ten and twenty items on it, and it would require all the time and effort of a full-time job.
Now, if I could quit my job and spend each and every day devoted to self-care and self-love, I would do it. I would LOVE it.
But I can’t. And so, it gets overwhelming to think of everything I need to do to preserve my mental health.
The item most prevalent in my mind today is exercise. I’ve been feeling really up and down recently – some days just kinda out of it, some days pretty depressed – and my exercise routine has been suffering.
Today, while Teddy was napping and Tee was getting some work done, I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. It felt so good. I came home rejuvenated – got some writing done, read a few chapters in Buddhism Is Not What You Think (one of the seven books on my “Currently Reading” Goodreads shelf), and just felt like I was in an altogether better headspace.
I’m going to try to get myself to the gym early tomorrow morning, and I am contemplating running a race with Tee in June. (JUST CONTEMPLATING. Sometimes I get really stoked to run a race and then lose interest halfway through my training period. So I’m going to ponder the idea of running a race for a bit before I actually pay to register.) Cheers to a week of exercise, healthy food, and all-around wellness!