Hey, Dragons! I’ve been pretty down lately. My commutes have been consistently 2 hours or more, I’ve been completely swamped at work, and the election is generating a consistent buzz of anger and negativity. So it has hard to stay motivated and on track with my fitness goals. The biggest problem I’ve found is trying to stay positive and I’ve noticed that setbacks have been completely derailing me lately.
My most urgent goal right now is to push through the lows I’ve been experiencing. I’m attacking it in 2 ways. I’m trying to keep myself moving. I’m finding excuses to take short walks, and the Pokémon Go Halloween event gave me the motivation to get up and moving. I’m taking walks at lunch again, and I am trying to find excuses to move around more. Even small things like parking further away from the entrance to the grocery store helps. Anything I can do to move is a positive step in the right direction.
I’m also taking a look at the environment I’m creating for myself. Surrounding myself with positive people is important. We all have a limited amount of control over who we come in contact with on a daily basis, but when we do have the control, we need to use it. If that co-worker that walks around with a rain cloud over their head everyday needs to talk to you, handle the business you need to cover and then politely excuse yourself from the conversation. You may have to interact with people, but you don’t always have to make yourself available for their negativity.
I know that when I get into a funk, it’s important to make sure that the input I’m taking in from my environment is as positive as possible. While I only have limited control over the people around me, I can control the way I interact with them. I’ve started unfollowing, blocking or even unfriending people on my social media feeds that are generating negativity, drama, and stress. There’s no reason I can’t add them back into my life (or at least my social media feeds) once I’m in a better place, but only if that adds something positive back into my life.
I’m also finding people willing to help me “fake it until I make it.” One student who wants to be more positive now joins me in a “positivity check.” Any time we make eye contact, we have to give each other 2 thumbs up and a huge smile whether we mean it or not. Sometimes, you just have to force the positivity. Not only are we reminding each other to smile, but we’re also reminding each other that we’re not alone.
I’m also monitoring the type of media I’m consuming right now. I’m skipping some of the negative podcasts in my queue and trying to focus on the more positive ones. If you want a positive and inspirational podcast to listen to right now, go check out The Geek Fitness Podcast by Beej of the Geek to Geek Network. The positivity he’s been generating these past few weeks is truly inspirational.
I’m not only limiting the podcasts I listen too, but I’m also avoiding bigger media as well. I haven’t watched The Walking Dead at all this season (though it was already spoiled for me), and my husband and I are holding off on watching How to Get Away with Murder until I’m in a better mindset. I love both of these shows, but with so much negativity in the world right now, I have a hard time categorizing that as entertainment. It doesn’t destroy my love for the shows and it doesn’t mean I won’t catch up on them down the road. They just may be a little bit more appropriate for after the holidays.
I might just be in a bit of a fall funk, but it’s not something I’m willing to let go unaddressed. I can’t control everything, but being able to identify the things I can control is essential to me being able to survive as we push into the stress of the holiday season. My goal is to make sure that what I’m putting out and what I’m taking in is as positive as possible.
What are your goals for this week? Let me know! If you want to follow me on a more regular basis, if you need someone to be accountable to, or if you want to share your own journey, you can reply to this post or you can follow me on twitter @EpicGrays. Until next time, remember to #WorkOutNerdOut!