Fecha de registro: 17 mar 2022

Handling Stress

Trying to fit in time to take care of yourself can seem impossible at times.

This year, I made a decision to do a better job of this, even if it meant I had to do it at the expense of other activities. In the past, I had enjoyed running as a way to stay fit and active, to clear my head and to spend some much-needed time outdoors getting fresh air. I even ran a half marathon. But life got busy, other things seemed more important, and then I got an injury – and that was that. No more running.


I started to feel the effects pretty quickly, and by this past December, my fitness level had denigrated badly. I knew I needed to carve out time in my day to attend to this – and to treat it as a thing of high importance on my long list of daily to-dos. In truth, it was dog-guilt that spurned me into action; I was starting to feel like my beloved pooches weren’t getting the exercise they needed and deserved. So, in January, I pulled out the old running gear, crossed my fingers that the time off had allowed my injury to heal, snapped on the leashes and quickly found myself being encouraged to pick up the pace by two very happy dogs.

Gracie and Jaida. Jaida only has three legs and is still faster than me.

It’s been two months now. The mutts and I are putting in about 30-40 kms of jogging every week. We’re all enjoying the fresh air and exercise. I’m enjoying the brain-calm, meditative state (breathe, breathe, breathe) that only running seems to create for me, and the dogs find new and exciting things to sniff and pee on every time we go out. We’re not smashing any speed or distance records, but it’s a Good Thing.

This takes about an hour of my day, about 5 days a week. According to at first it bothered me and I felt like it was taking me away from Important Time During Which I Should Be Doing Important Work. But something strange has happened. I find I’m sleeping better, eating better, and feeling better, both physically and mentally. I find that my focus and clarity of thought have improved (and this is a lot for me, a person with an attention span of about five seco — oh, something shiny! – wait, what was I saying?) – leading to an improvement in my productivity and how I feel about the work I get finished in a day. And, to top it all off, these guys are pretty happy too.

Jaida takes over my job as “dog-walker”

It’s easy to forget what a positive influence self-care can have on all other aspects of your life, even the huge list of Very Important Grad School Things You Need to Get Finished Today. I’ve been reminded how important it is, and I hope I have the sense to keep this up for the long haul. According to studydaddy become a tutor service suggestion: find something that’s Good For You, and do it. I suspect you’ll be glad you made the time.

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