Like many busy people, my mind races all day.
As an owner of a personal training studio, my mind is always “on” as I work with my clients and grow my business. I am coordinating, planning, strategizing, and analyzing most of the day. The hours can be long, which means I sometimes short-change taking care of myself. And while I have worked on staying on top of my game physically, I have often forgot about the importance of resting my mind (and my brain).
Our brain, like any other muscle, needs rest. If you are like me, I don’t often think about taking a timeout to rest my brain. I figure it gets its rest when I am sleeping. But I have found that sleep has not been enough lately. I don’t feel refreshed mentally when I wake up. I have had to really push myself to wake up and get geared up for the day. I do not like that feeling. I feel like I have lost my sense of being grounded and centered. And I have lost the sense of peace and well-being that enables me to thrive.
At the beginning of this year, I enrolled in a class to earn my yoga certification. I really didn’t feel like going, but I figured it has been on my bucket list for years – so why not? It ended up being a huge reawakening for me! It put me back in touch with my love of yoga and why I am compelled to practice it. The stillness! The stillness that creates a deep sense of peace. That’s what I was missing. That is what my mind have been yearning for.
When our brain is in over-drive for long periods of time, it becomes stressed. As a result, we lose access to important functions that enable us to sustain a feeling of control over our thoughts and our actions. We can end up feeling like that little silver ball in a pinball machine, arbitrarily being sent in a different direction with a mere push of a button. In our over-stimulated world, we are (our brains are) craving more stillness.
Creating stillness comes from training our attention and separately ourselves from our thoughts. Most typically it comes from practices such as yoga, Tai Chi, and meditation. It can also come from simply taking time out of our day to sit and focus on our breathing, giving our minds the chance to be calm and silent. And when we create these moments of stillness more often, we create a state of peace and well-being for our minds and our lives.
Pam Strand’s personal training career began with a desire to bring more health and well-being into her own life and help others do the same. Learn more about her story by clicking here.
Strand Fitness is a personal training studio in Downtown Wheaton, serving Glen Ellyn, Carol Stream, Winfield, and Chicago Western Suburbs.