As a busy mom, high-intensity interval workouts became my friend for good physical health. In 20 minutes or less, I could check off my exercise box and move on to the next task for the day. The only trouble is that I dreaded them. I always felt great afterward, but rushing through a workout really set the tone for my day. I was stressed and anxious and exhausted because I didn’t know how to shut down my mind for bedtime. I woke up (late) to kids asking for breakfast. My muscles were tight and I was cranky, behind schedule from the moment I started my day. I was exercising my body, but I wasn’t taking care of me – and I wasn’t taking care of my family very well either.
I’d always loved yoga for its relaxation (I get to lie down at the end???), but I never felt like it was much of a workout, and it took so long! I wasn’t strong enough to do the poses correctly, and I never practiced with any regularity to become good at it. I felt guilty going to a class when I had so many other things to do throughout the day. Still, whenever we went on vacation, yoga was the #1 activity on my list.
Over the past few months, I’ve really concentrated on finding what makes me happy (remember, emotionally, I was a mess). Yoga kept coming to mind. Still not ready to commit to a mid-day session outside of the house, I thought, what would happen if I got up early to do yoga at home?
Miracles – small miracles! I’ve realized that I can be strong and calm at the same time. I look forward to starting my morning in a quiet way before the rest of the house is awake. I take a few deep breaths, I do yoga, and I lie down for my favorite Corpse Pose Savasana at the end. It’s stretching, meditation, and strength training in one and a great way for me to ease into my day. I go to bed earlier because I look forward to waking up for yoga the next day. I am more patient with my kids and more organized than I’ve been in awhile. I even meditate before going to sleep (right now I’m following along with Deepak Chopra’s “Perfect Health” 21-day series). My mind is learning to be still, and my home is becoming more peaceful for it.
How do you find balance in your life? Leave a comment below.