The start to 2014 has been…let’s see what’s the best word….I guess…exhausting! I injured a muscle in my hip over two months ago. The pain has been excruciating at times. I have a new appreciation for those who live with constant pain. I had five doctor appointments and while it is MUCH better, the pain persists.
I am determined not to quit my weight training, so I continue on with a modified workout and new warm up and cool down stretches particularly for the hip. And, let me be clear, it was not injured during a weight workout. But, I did stop the in-between cardio workouts and have been highly discouraged that I had to slow down.
When I add pain management to a myriad of negative voices around me, it is a battle to maintain positivity…but a battle I am determined to win. The voices hail from many changes occurring at the private school where I teach…living with two college students…living with a CPA during a stressful tax season…living down the block from a daughter learning to raise a toddler…and, as a journalism teacher, living with the dark side of the news.
This is why, a quite morning in my backyard was much appreciated. No sounds, but the birds and a breeze. No complaining…lamenting…arguing…or whining from any plants or the sun. Just peaceful, glorious beauty and quiet.
I love my family, my job, my students, my profession and the fact that I have a group of friends to share a trainer with each week. But, for one morning, the peace of a backyard and the hope given us from Easter celebrations…were exactly what this lady needed.
Stress Management keeps us young…and we should face it head on when we feel the heaviness setting in. How do you handle your stress?