Hellooo…it’s Wednesday and I’m halfway through another crazy week. I want to talk about stress management…because I’m stressed.
Yesterday was a tough day for me. I have to often remind myself that I work an EXTREMELY high stress job, and as a naturally high stress person, sometimes it gets overwhelming. I’m lucky to work in a great school system, but my chosen profession has a relatively high turnover rate due to the high demand from students, families, administrators, etc. PLUS, I do like 3 trillion other things outside of school. OY!
Anyway, yesterday I got home from school after a particularly wild and crazy day and didn’t quite know what to do with myself. I had sort of planned to go to the gym, but my motivation was long gone. So, I put on my new favorite leggings, my new puffy vest from the little boys department (#boyshapedgirlproblems), and my sneaks and hit the pavement for a long walk before the sun set. Did you know that there are numerous studies about the benefits of walking vs. running? Some of these benefits include:
- Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels.
- Improve blood lipid profile.
- Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity.
- Enhance mental well being. (Source)
We all know that exercise can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, but did you know that walking can help decrease anxiety for hours afterward? Some people even practice “walking meditation“, which combines that practices of mindful meditation with walking to help be aware of your surroundings, body and emotions without judgement. Moderate exercise is an extremely important aspect of my therapy approach to anxiety, but walking is something that I tend to hold sacred for really stressful days. I always feel so much better after popping in my earbuds and wandering around my neighborhood. I come back with a new sense of ease and calmness…yesterday was no exception. I honestly felt so much better about my job, my life, and my current situation when I got back. Plus, I got to experience this gorgeous sunset over my super townie town:
And if walking it off doesn’t work…you could always try to Shake It off:
Have a fab day!