Week 41- Stand up
Take a stand from a more sedentary lifestyle.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this week’s challenge it is true that we ‘desk dwellers’ could move more….I even have an alarm on my watch that tells me when I have sat down too long.
Since starting Wake up I have definitely seen the benefits of getting up earlier and going outside, heading out just for forty minutes to get my head straight before work it’s one of the things I have kept in my daily routine.
For me standing still is a very difficult thing…. even in yoga the ‘Mountain’ pose is a tricky one for me. It’s a seemingly easy pose, standing tall, shoulders back, hands down by your side, feet planted on the floor, grounded, head up- pulled up with an invisible cord..clearing my mind is the most difficult bit, what are we having for tea …what meetings have I got tomorrow…. I need to phone the insurance…I need to pay that bill…I need to check in on my Mam, Sister ( fill in as applicable)… we all know how it is. We are all so ready to rush to the next thing on our to do list, even going for a walk is a to-do these days. Keeping fit, watching what we eat, being the best we can at everything.
This week’s experiment has fallen on a very challenging week for me. I started my Degree , so I work two days at my job and three days in Uni, after 16 years its quite tough being a newbie and being an oldie- newbie is quite a strange experience, I have felt many times over the week like an invisible being standing still in an ever flowing river of youth. On my second morning I had such a massive visit of self doubt I felt almost like I was suffocating and I have to be honest I was already thinking of throwing the towel in. New traffic to contend with, finding car park spaces, new rooms to find, timetable changes, cancelled lectures, new subjects and new language to contend with and most of all new people to meet and personalities to negotiate… I was so concerned that I would not be able to do everything required of me I have been unable to relax … and in turn had a poo weekend.
So I am turning this on its head and It just got me thinking … what about sitting down? Why do so many us feel we always have to be achieving. I for one find it difficult to relax just to sit out and chill. I feel the need to be productive at all times. My friend Rhi has taken up knitting, and she is producing the most gorgeous snoods for everyone (Including my dog Ted) at the most alarming rate and I think this is part of this need to be productive even when we are sitting. She posted this the other day so I know too she is struggling with this one.
So at what point during the day is it ok to just say I’m done?
I don’t have the answers but just interested in what the other ‘Wake-upers’ think?
Me, I’m not giving in just yet and I’m just going to put one foot after an other , until I stop feeling like a oldie-newbie.