Exercise serves so many different purposes. Whether it be to stay healthy and fit, exercise is key to my sanity. Chowing down helps me curb stress in the short term, but I feel so much better when I substitute with a good workout. A few of my stress busting moments–the runner’s high, a good weightlift, jump roping super fast, dancing around my apartment, or just a really good sweaty workout (I know girls don’t sweat, right?).
While my workouts to beat stress have always been about high impact and speed, I’m also learning how to accomplish this with zen-like focus through yoga, pilates, meditation, or prayer. Tonight, for example, I chose to do a yoga video at home. I lit a lavender-scented calendar, laid out my yoga mat and went into a zone. Even though my day was not all that stressful, I knew it was important to focus my mind from wandering to all the projects I want to accomplish. I stayed in the moment by paying close attention to my breath and balance. As someone always on the go with a million goals to accomplish I am learning how to slow down and appreciate the moments in front of me. Yoga is helping me to get there. Ahhh…inner peace here I am.