I often use the word, overwhelmed to describe how I feel. The opposite of overwhelmed, might be prepared.
I went through this exercise where the facilitator said to think of a time when you feel overwhelmed. Think about your emotions, your breath, every cell in your body – how does that feel, describe it, remember it.
Now, think about a time or a memory when you felt prepared, how did you feel? What were your emotions? How did your body feel? What was different? Remember this image and remember this moment.
He said when you feel overwhelmed, to think back to the moment when you felt prepared, conjure up that image and feel those thoughts, feel those emotions and think about how your body felt, down to each individual cell.
This imagery will help you overcome your feelings of overwhelmed.
When I thought about my moments of how and when I felt prepared – it was actually very physical. I felt physically strong when climbing Mt. Whitney. Below is a photo after the second time I biked across the US when I felt capable. The correlation might be that to feel prepared, I might need to be strong.
And so, I’ve joined a gym to get back into a routine of being strong. I can’t get to the gym on my own free will, so I’m joined an expensive gym. The workouts are different every day and you’ll never do the same workout twice. I don’t have to come up with a play list, a workout routine, and someone is pushing me harder than I might be willingly to go myself. Someone is holding me accountable for showing up.
I sign up for a class ahead of time and someone tells me what to do for 50 minutes or so. They use heart rate monitors and even if I can’t quite see the details of the screen, I can see the colors. They tell me I should always be in the red or orange colors. Green or grey means I am not working hard enough.
If I cancel a class, I need to do it 8 hours in advance, otherwise, I am charged $12. I wonder who thought of this pain point. I’m ok with $5, maybe on a bad day $10, but $12 is past my limit of an acceptable waste of money.
When I signed my membership, the coach made sure to sign me up for 4 more classes this week. Going from zero fitness to 4 – might be a little aggressive, but I need all the help I can get since I can’t motivate myself in this area of my life right now.
If I could have a personal coach for every area of my life, I would, but for now, here’s to losing the nursing freshman 15, and getting back to routine – of being strong and prepared.