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Despite some recent personal setbacks, I am determined to continue at the pursuit of slaying this game we call life. A week ago, I lost my four legged canine best friend Henry. This has been a rollercoaster that took a lot out of me, emotionally. Since Henry’s departure it’s been chaotic with lots of tears. It’ll be a little while before we get back to normal but life goes on.
On another personal note, since late last year I’ve been invested in my fitness with a lifestyle overhaul. Taking care of “me” in the midst of chaos is challenging. However, it is proven that exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. Physical exercise stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural mood enhancers. People ask me how am coping with the chaos, and my answer is to incorporate these three personal mantras.
1) SET REALISTIC GOALS
Last year I had an epiphany, I felt too tired all time and didn’t like the way my clothes fit me anymore. I set a goal of losing one dress size and improve eating habits, exercise 3 times a week and have quality sleep. This was the first tangible goal I feel I accomplished almost eight months later. I have another goal that I’ve set for my 44th birthday and am well on my way.
2) ALLOW DAYS OF REST AND REFLECTION
Losing Henry drained me. I had to take a few steps back and allow this moment of grief to enter, release and not feel ashamed for these feelings. Losing a pet is hard, and leaves us with a feeling of inexplicable sadness. I spent time reflecting on how much this little being meant to me and my family. This also meant I had to take a break and disconnect, and it was a good decision.
3) BE KIND TO YOUR BODY
One of my other epiphanies was being aware of how my diet was affecting my body, I made some adjustments and these have worked very well. I also gave my body a challenge in the form of exercise, not as punishment but as a way to improve the quality of life I was living. I sleep better and feel like myself, healthier, braver, stronger. Doing something for you is important, be kind to your body, trust me on this.
Since I took time off work, I started watching the series Queen of the South (Season 1) on Netflix. Season 2 will be airing on June 8th at 10/9C, on USA network. This series has a strong female character lead, determined to not let her personal obstacles deter her goals. This is a powerful story that I highly recommend, if you are looking for a new series to get into.
How do you stay sane amidst chaos? Tell me in the comments section.