Ever heard the phrase “Stay in your head, you’re dead”?
That’s been me over the past week. Totally in my head. Consumed with thoughts, contradictory arguments, to-ing and fro-ing, too many tabs open of things I need to do but don’t seem to ever DO any of them. Overthinking that leads nowhere but a downward spiral of my mood. It's not a winning formula.
But here’s the thing. We each have the ability to change our mood, change our thoughts and change our approach in less that 30 seconds. But you have to get out of your head and into your body.
Yoga, running, cycling, lifting weights, walking. There are all referred to as some kind of “therapy” for someone depending on the individual. Essentially they help lift your mood, not just because of the endorphins pumping through your body, but it all gets you out of your head, and grounded back into your physical body.
I tried this in my HIIT class last week, and most people thought I was crazy. But I’m going to ask you to humour me and for each of you to try it now:
Stand up in a staggered pose, one foot back, one foot forward, like you are about to start a sprint race from the blocks. Have your arms in position as if you are about to start running. When I say GO, pump your arms (only your arms) up and down as fast as you can as if you are running. Keep your feet static. Do this for 30 secs.
READY? Stand up then. READY? Get into position. SET? 3-2-1 GO!!!!!!!!
By now, your heart should be pumping, your breathing should be faster and heavier, maybe you are even smiling, and you are out of your head. For that 30 secs, you forgot what you were worrying about or distracted by before this email. Because when you move, you land back in your body, and your busy mind goes quiet.
Today I shook myself off even though I didn’t feel like it, I put on some loud music, put on some flashing disco lights, danced around my kitchen and smashed out a 45 minute weight session to get into my body and out of my head.
Stay in your head, you’re dead.
I promise you if you move today ESPECIALLY if you don’t feel like it, you will feel better, you will feel stronger, you will feel like you can tackle anything the world throws at you.
I am here to support you and to help keep you moving, so let me know if you need to chat!