So… how do you keep your calm, when it seems much of the world is frustrated, snappy and anxious? Well in truth, maybe like me, you don’t, 100% of the time. But you keep choosing the calm path and continue to take choices that cherish, rather than rubbish, this strange Corona time. For me that has been a commitment to exercise and to be pushed, in every way to take up running… Still very much a beginner (beyond running for a train), but determined to control the things I can – including running – and accept those that I can’t.
So, it’s been another busy week…
During which I couldn’t honestly claim to be the perfect person who radiated constant calm… Yes, I’ll admit that in amongst the smiles and seriousness, I’ve snapped and sulked…
People all around me (at a safe social distance) are also manifesting stress in an myriad of ways. I choose to recognise that for what it is – namely their response to what is going on and most likely nothing to do with me. I also choose not to judge myself or anyone else for frayed tempers, tantrums and tears.
And while I’m at it, I’m going to add to my Conscious Choice List:
- Firstly I’m making every effort not to take out my own frustrations on others.
- I think constantly about what I can positively bring to ‘the party’ both at work and with all those people I care about – my circle of family and friends.
- I’m making sure that I take care of myself, which includes eating healthily and exercising… I’m still allowed treats though!
- I check in with myself – deciding to be aware of what’s going on for me, so I can change direction if necessary. I’m also honest with those around me about where I am emotionally, so they understand and so that together we can either accept or find a way forward.
As I say though, I’m not perfect and still very much a magnificent ‘work in progress‘, which means that it is more important than ever that I celebrate life’s little wins…
Once such was when when I woke up in the Spring sunlight a couple of mornings ago, with my brain rattling through its latest list of anxieties. Instinctively I decided that before I did anything else, it was time for a run…
As with many such things I first went through a procrastination phase. This included browsing online shops for the latest and best running gear, including shoes and headphones. However, I had most of these things already, so the only piece of new gear I actually ended up purchasing – to spur me on in my jogging journey – was an armband – so I could easily plug into my running app (‘Couch to 5K’) and fill my head with motivational music.
So on the morning in question, before anything else, I strapped it on over my running gear and stepped outside.
Not many people were out and about that early, but everyone I met (and kept a caring distance from), returned my wheezy / breezy ‘Good morning’.
And the running was tough at times, but I did it. All of it.
And here is a picture of me post run – pink-faced but happy I’d started the day the right way.
And that was what I choose on that day – equanimity – for me.
Wishing you conscious choice too.
Sandra – Runner and Writer.