21. September 2016 by swissfitchick
Life is light, if you take it lightly. Angels fly, because they take themselves lightly.
It’s an old one, but a good one – the impact life takes on you and your emotional condition, depends on your own chosen perspective. When I think back to the time when I was in the slums of Manila, I must say; I hadn`t and haven’t seen any happier people than the residents of these very poor cardboard cottages. Says sooo much.
I said it before and I`ll say it over and over again – me, plus the majority of people around me live a privileged life. There are not many reasons to whine and complain – yet we all do it at times, and yes, sometimes it’s a satisfying or even relieving thing to do. I`m not going to lie, my roadrage is outrageous (haha, intended pun) and I secretly wish that I`ll never have to drive with one of my teenagers in my car, because I`d be the worst role model on earth for them. I`ve no self control or regard for personal space for that matter when I`m sitting in my racing boneshacker. In the recess of what’s left of my brain, I at least am aware that my kind of behaviour isn’t very couth to put it mildly. Yelling obscenities at pretty much every chancer that crosses my driving path isn’t the smoothest thing to do. I swear though, in 80% of the cases, my cursing is justified. I swear.
Ok, let’s get to the point – I swear there is one!
This week’s been as crazy as box of frogs, 50% of my teammates are sick or on vacation, which means I`m working pretty much constantly. As you may have figured out in the meantime, I work in a home with teenagers who`re growing up without their families. I have 8-10 kids in my care, supporting them in all that life has in store for them. As such, it has some rough and tough moments to tackle and many, many interesting and challenging discussions with this smart bunch of young people.
Times like this ask for special self treatment – and as much as people say that in stressful times they cannot get anything done; I lay my focus specifically and exactly on things that help me get better through such crazy phases.
1.) Move. It is a matter of fact that I can not absolve the long and intense training sessions as I normally do when I am needed at work like this – clearly, I could get up at 4am to do so, but sleep is just as crucial to have a clear head among the kids, so no. No 4am wake up calls for moi. Still, I use an hour a day to go to CrossFit or for a run/swim to at least get rid of a good amount of energy and not lose my shit during all these nightshifts.
No matter what you do, I recommend taking even 30 minutes off in a day to break a sweat. It literally makes life better and the happy hormones don’t hurt either. I hope this last sentence also leaves you in a pool of sexual tension. Because it was totally intended.
2.) Make smart free time. The little time I have off, I try to use it for things that make me feel good and relaxed. This for sure isn’t my laundry, even though fresh laundry makes me feel good. Still – set the priorities right, focus on what is the first thing that makes your life better right at that moment. For me, this is spending time with my loved ones, being outdoors, training, writing or photographing. My downtime at home is blissful, but it’s a luxury good for less busy times. I seriously don’t worry if the floor in my room is covered with clothes or if cardboard is piling up on my balcony – I work hard, so my free time is reserved for fun and passion.
3.) Sleep, eat, drink – a lot, and of high quality. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to take care of that machine called body – it is the equipment that runs you through that crazy odyssey called life. If you do not care for it with all you got – ESPECIALLY in times of madness – it will show you sooner rather than later how pissed off it is. So, make sure to fuel it with a lot of water, healthy food (no, it’s not more difficult to prepare healthy food than junk) and get in all the sleep you can. Look who’s talking – I spend my weekend nights sipping on wine till late with my closest, but well, here I refer to the aforementioned priorities. Legit.
4.) Meditate. 10 minutes is enough in an emergency, but it makes ALL the difference. Meditation helps you to focus on that one thing you are doing at the moment, without letting your mind churning around everything you got on the plate. Meditation breaks the cycle of triggering thoughts and negative emotions, keeps you down to earth and sane. Do it. Just do it. Trust me on that one.
5.) Make Love. Trust me on that one too.