Running to beat the stress
Thursday, September 01, 2011
One thing I have found since I started exercising and running - for the first time ever in my life - a few years ago, is that it's a darn good stress reliever. It's hard to hold on to worry or stressful feelings when you are pounding down the pavement and trying to breathe properly, or working on an exercise machine - or for that matter, trying to keep up with a crazy Zumba step!
This week, it has sure been helpful. Oh nothing major - but as a first class worrier and stress holder, I've been surely tested this week. Monday morning, my baby boy - who can't possibly be 13 (almost 14), started high school. Jake has some learning challenges which he has been working hard at, and is extremely shy - and was pretty scared to be starting high school. So I took the day off (parents were welcomed on the first day as it was only grade 9's on Monday). I had left it up to him if he wanted me there - as I have been trying very hard to let him gain some much needed independence. At the last minute he decided that he would accept a drive there (it's about a 40 minute walk), but that he didn't want me to come in. As I dropped him off and was wishing him well and ensuring him that it would be a great day - my heart was just catching in my throat. I actually had to stop babbling to him as I could feel the tears coming (and that would not have added to my happy, positive Mom facade). He headed off on his own, found a couple of boys he knew and headed in.
Me - I headed to the gym and ran around the track until I was suitably de-stressed.
Jake had a great day and I could breathe a bit easier that night.
Yesterday...my formerly baby girl - turned 20. What? How the heck did that happen. It was bad enough that she is only home for another week before heading back to University, but that she is now an "adult" , which means, that I have an adult child. Well, that is just kookoo. At about 1:15 in the afternoon I realized that 20 years ago to that exact minute, I was writing down my contraction times. Phew. That brought a tear to my eye.
So, before her birthday dinner, I stopped at the gym and hit the track. After a great run and work out, I was ready to face the rest of the day.
Tonight all is good - but I will be trying to run off the KFC we had for Kaitlin's birthday dinner!!