Today at Crossfit was a lot of fun. It was a WoD that mostly played to my strengths and I beat Will’s time by 3 minutes-ish, so I was pretty pleased with myself on that front. I really like weights, so most of the WoDs involving weights are going to be ones I like, as was the case today. After last week being difficult, it was nice to know I hadn’t lost my Crossfit mojo.
Mondays are my day off. I have a pretty flexible schedule as a freelance writer and as a tarot reader (I have like 50 jobs currently). I realized early on that I needed to set aside one day for myself where I didn’t deal with work. I still sometimes end up conducting interviews, checking emails, making appointments and other things here and there on a Monday, but fundamentally it is my day off. Downtime.
Sometimes I deal well with downtime, and sometimes my free floating anxiety attaches to whatever it can and makes for a miserable day. Today has been when one of those days where my brain is spinning out on me, worried about things that either do not matter or are out of my control. I’ve meditated, I’ve tried reading, and I’ve tried a few other tricks I know, but to no avail. The worst thing for me is having to wait to move on things. There are a lot of things I could do, but most of them have to be done tomorrow. I need to have something to think about, something to do. I finally decided to bug Will with it – his own fault, he asked me what I was up to and I was currently up to making myself anxious over trifles. He suggested we go for a run.
Well, yeah. Duh. I think this is part of why I need him around (don’t tell him that, though, it will merely feed his rather large ego). He thinks of things that are obvious and good solutions, but that I would not come up with myself as I am sitting in the throes of anxious-over-nothing. Do I know that doing something physical will help me? Yes. Is it one of the things I try to do when I am dealing with a misbehaving brain? No. The exercise thing is still too new a concept for me to apply it to my daily life readily.
That is going to change.
We didn’t run far. Basically we did a loop around the half block here, so not very far at all, however the anxiety is gone. Will kept pace with me, walked when I walked (although I did run over half of it), and generally had me laughing by the time we got back home. Running around the block has been his go-to exercise for a few weeks now for when he is sleepy, bored, annoyed, or whatever other unpleasant emotion is plaguing him. I think that I am done talking about maybe joining sometime (I could make that vaguer, right?) and at the point where I am just going to go with him when he goes. It does not take long to run (or run/walk) around the block. Also, I will be able to chart my progress as I know our block very well. If I do this often enough, maybe running won’t be such a huge ordeal. Today it was kind of fun. First the half block, then the whole block, and as I get one section down to running nonstop, I can add more.
Depression and anxiety are two things I am very familiar with dealing with as I have had both since high school, maybe longer. I have a made the conscious effort to do Crossfit three times a week and yoga twice a week because that is a good pre-emptive strike at depression and anxiety. On days where I do physical activity that is strenuous, I tend to be happy and less prone to anxiety. Considering today was a Crossfit day, I should not technically even be having the anxiety issues, but there are always exceptions. I have a whole bag of tricks that I use to nullify their influence in my life, but I just realized that most of those tricks are sedentary in nature. Exercise is a new trick that works really well and almost instantaneously. I just need to remember exercise and use it more often.