Life

My 2-Steps Destress Routine

The blog was very quiet a few weeks back. If you’re following me on Twitter (username: @famtaqblog) you might have an idea why. And if you’re not then let me just tell you myself. I had actually exhausted myself beyond repair. This is nothing uncommon for me. I do that often.

I have a fascination span of a three year old which means anything new and exciting attracts me instantly, and that’s how I end up getting into doing way many things that humanly possible. The problem is my attention span is that of a gold fish. I get bored very easily with a task and once I am bored with something I cannot complete it unless my interest in it sparks again. This is how I start losing focus and get behind my deadlines and my stress levels shoot up. Let me just add here that I SUCK at handling stress. I would have a complete melt down or in some rare cases I would become superwoman somehow and rescue myself.

I had a dozen of deadlines to complete in November. I did finish them all – in the nick of time – and such superb time management left me burnt out. I couldn’t do anything after that and I knew it was time to take a break from everything and just relax for a while.

I was looking for some stress free options to rejuvenate my system but trust me with me nothing is stress free, not even reading a book, which I came to realize is the only hobby I have, and so I didn’t know where to turn to. I tried to look for a thing that interested me in the past and that’s when two things happened.

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Clear Out

I am one of the most cluttered people I know in every category. Be it my room, my bookshelf, my computer or phone, you will always find a multitude of items. From a few years I have got into the habit of letting go of things that serve me no purpose and I must confess – I love a good ol’ clear out.

I am doing pretty well at it right now but I am also doing a good job at accumulating more stuff. It’s all under control for now but somehow I am still not satisfied. I feel like clearing out is something that needs to happen on a regular basis and for someone who collects a lot, I don’t do it that often. Anyhow, the one in November gave me some peace of mind so thumbs up to the process. It always helps.

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Headspace

While I was doing my earlier mentioned clear out on the phone I came across an app I download a while back that I liked a lot. I don’t know how many of you know about Headspace but if you don’t, give me the pleasure of introducing it to you.

Headspace is a guided meditating app. It’s available on Play Store and App Store for free but once you’re done with the first ten sessions, you have to pay for the rest. The free sessions are of 10 minutes each where the voiceover ‘Andy’ guides you throughout. I find his voice very calming and hypnotic too lol.

Once done with the free 10 sessions, you are introduced to their subscription which are quite inexpensive and give you access to a variety of categories; Foundation, Health, Relationships, Performance and Headspace Pro. I am linking the website for you to check out. I personally will suggest you to download the app on your mobile and give it a go. Even if you don’t want to subscribe to them you can always make use of those free sessions anytime you want so that’s a plus.

This app has been a superb help in calming my stress levels. It has also made me aware of my breathing in a whole different light. Highly recommending!

Link: Headspace Website

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That’s my 2 cents in dealing with stress when you burn yourself out. Tell me in the comments below how do you work your way through stress and let’s get some ideas rollin’ in here. 😀

Much love xx

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Fitness

FITNESS ~ A Little Background of My Injury

Injury Post (famtaq.com)

I doubt I have spoken about it here but I thought let’s give it a go. Round about this time last year I was in a gym filling their forms and paying for a membership for 6 months. I was nervous and excited at the same time because I believed joining a gym would help me get back into my fitness routine. Fast forward three months, I was working full time, barely made it to gym three times a week and losing whatever fitness I had left.

I decided to take up drastic measures and started working out at home early in the morning and later in the gym in the evenings if I made it in time. My gym’s closing time was 9pm and I would leave work around 7pm or sometimes 8pm so I would mostly not go. The morning workouts were always rushed as I would leave for work around 6:30am so I was at my desk at sharp 7am. During one such rushed workout session in February I ended up injuring a back muscle on my left side. The pain was horrible. I couldn’t move, walk, sit, lie down proper or do pretty much anything. My doctor instructed me complete bed rest.

Fast forward to July; the pain was still there even if it had lessened a bit in magnitude. I would get bouts of it quite frequently. If I put just a little pressure on my left side, I’d be in tremendous pain within half hour. Three months later the pain was gone but I would still get fits occasionally.  This rendered me from exercising completely and all I could really do was lying in bed most of the time. Every time I would exercise the next day I would not be able to move. The most recent fit I got was in the middle of October. I woke up one day and I could hardly stand up. It took me three to four days to recover. All this time Panadol and hot bottle were my best friends.

In November I got sick of this injury taking over my life and ruining my health. I became so inactive and unhealthy I could hardly keep up my breath. In November I took the plunge and got back into working out. I started off with walking on my treadmill for 30 to 45 minutes. I would do it at least 3 times a week. By the end of November I got more serious about setting a proper routine and wanted to get started with exercising.

We are in second week of December. I have been walking at least 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes now. Today I did my first round of exercise and I am so happy about it and extremely breathless. I haven’t felt any major pain in my back yet and I am hoping it doesn’t start again. *fingers crossed*

The reason I am writing this post is to share with you guys that I couldn’t exercise for a complete year and it had made me very unhappy. But it made me realize that unconsciously I was always a fitness enthusiast. I always thought that exercise was something I would do just to lose some fat but now I realize that I actually love working out. The other thing I wanted you guys to know was that a lot of us are suffering from some kind of injury or health issue and its okay to lie down for a while till you’re not okay. Your internal system would let you know when it’s enough and you need to stop making your injury into an excuse and get your shit together. I believe that’s what happened with me. 9 months after my injury I started thinking that maybe my injury was not as horrible as I believed it in my head and I needed to start looking after my fitness and health again. I took it really slow because I didn’t want to go back to bed rest and I believe that was/is the best approach when you start working out again post injury.

I really hope I stay on track and get back to being well and fit again.

Thanks a lot for reading! 🙂

Love,

Fam xx

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