Week 41- Stand up

Take a stand from a more sedentary lifestyle.

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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.

Fiona Dolben

Acupuncturist, holistic therapist, content creator., Hemp Holisitics

I'm a single parent of ONE lovely lanky teenager.. I live in deepest rural Wales . My 'proper' job is in marketing and events but I am also a trained reflexologist, masseur and reiki giver (go figure!) I also look after my Mum who is in her late 80's, my dog Ted, my cat Black and my hens and goldfish...my dream is to have a small holding and offer people holidays in my teepee and maybe the odd therapy ....so as you can see I am a mass of contradictions.... I like to walk, do yoga, eat salad and visit new places but I also like to drive fast, Feast ice lollies, vodka on Friday's with friends(, which leads to dancing in my kitchen) my coffee , and staying up late... I can be outgoing but also extremely shy so like the rest of you I am still trying to figure it out one day at a time...


Go to the profile of Jacqui
over 5 years ago
Keep going with uni! Like you said one day at a time and soon you will feel part of it all. I know what you mean about sitting quietly although I generally ending up doing this with a book in my hand! It's all one big balance isn't it? It's about thinking what's the best to do at that time in this situation. It sounds like you've got it pretty sussed. Lots of love and excitement for this new chapter!
Go to the profile of Vanessa
over 5 years ago
Hi Fi, I absolutely agree with you that (for some of us) dialling down the achievement drive sometimes is a really positive thing. Jacqui hit the nail on the head with reading, and I think it's what I was doing in Paris. Sometimes we need to just kick back in the way that works best for us and not worry about having something to show for that time because, honestly, that time being (instead of doing) is seriously productive in recharging our batteries. So pour a cuppa and have a sit down, Lovely; you're achieving huge amounts and the time to give yourself a break is whenever you feel you need it. No one who works as hard as you needs to worry about taking the p*ss (on any sort of cosmic report card...) when making that judgement!
Go to the profile of Chris Baréz-Brown
over 5 years ago
Fi, a wise post as always. You are totally right about listening to your body more and to stop trying to be productive all the time is something we struggle to do. Balance is a tough one. A duvet day sometimes is just what we need. Big love, Chris Xx
Go to the profile of Fiona Dolben
over 5 years ago
thank you for your warm comments... week two and its better already :) still working with that balance I think I always will.. looking forward to our meet soon x