26 Weeks to Half Marathon
My goal is to run the Valley Harvest Half Marathon, on Sunday, October 11th, 2020 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 21.1km.
Everything About This Week Was Out-of-Sorts
This blog won’t follow my usual format of writing about my weekly exercise progress, getting to October and running the Valley Harvest Half Marathon. I did manage to get some exercise in!
Stress & Anxiety – How it Affects the Body
Everyone deals with stress in their own way. I used to turn to alcohol. Now I live a clean life, no alcohol or any mind altering substances. Exercise has become my go-to to maintain my mental health, as well as my physical health. I am still not able to run, but have adapted to a 40 minute high cardio, low impact exercise video on Youtube, as well as cycling.
However, there came a point this week that I started to feel overwhelmed with the level of stress I was experiencing in my personal life. This level of stress had nothing to do with my not being able to run or how I have had to adapt to changes in how I exercise. This stress was life stress. I had an anxiety attack and my very rare arrhythmia became much more regular.
The arrhythmia continued into the following week. My level of stress had increased to the point of my arrhythmia becoming aggressive, and I had to go to the hospital. It was here that doctors confirmed my heart is healthy and that stress was indeed the trigger.
Helping the Mind to Help the Body
The good news is that my body and heart are healthy. Moving forward, I will continue with my commitment to aerobic exercise videos and cycling. But, to help relieve my body of the effects of stress, I’ve upped my self-care game. For my mental and emotional health, I added the scaffolding of counseling and I’ve started using the app Calm for a daily meditation practice and to improve my sleep. There is only one thing in this world I can control – and that is me. I can control my anxiety, my stress level by taking care of my body, my thoughts, my emotions and my very spirit and soul.
Today is a new day. Today I will focus on what I can control to take better care of myself and let go of the rest.