I’m sure the times are a bit stressful for a lot of you out there. I know they are for me! There are many worries in the world, not the least that this pandemic is getting worse as the autumn continues. So, how do we relieve stress?
Walking often helps me quite a bit, particularly walking in the woods without the dogs ;) Last week, though,it wasn’t enough. But I did find the trick – I just did my normal exercise routine. It all just evaporated. The next day, my normal run took care of any stress that had built up.
This has been an odd year, and one of the odd things (to me) is that I have, for the most part, kept up with my exercise routines! I try to do do weight/strength exercise at least twice a week and run at least three times a week. I’ve been doing a pretty good job, and I can feel it. October and the first half of November were the worse times this year, and I was luck to get one run or one weight exercise a week in. By the beginning of November, I was feeling it. But I have gotten back on track and, wow, it does make a huge difference! My mood has greatly improved and I feel much, much better all around.
So that is my smile for the week, getting back into my exercise routine and all of the benefits it has brought.
What made you smile?
Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week. Why don’t you share it? I hope you can join in!
Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas. If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity. Don’t smile about the misfortune of others. Don’t smile in a way to excludes others. Make sure a 12 year old can read it.
To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile. Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ). You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me). Next week I will compile all of the Smiles and do a separate post of them on Monday morning just before the smile. (I will shoot for around 7 AM EST).