I am so less irritable and handle stress so much better and with action more than ever before. You really find a moment of Zen in all the physical activity at the gym.
Simply getting to the gym can be so challenging. But if you can find time to go for an hour of intense training then you can do anything.
Learning your capabilities are somethings people like myself still haven't met the boundaries of and you can and have the power to do so SO much more than you may think. But back to that "Zen moment"......like say when you are twenty minutes in to the workout and you are so winded, you are breaking down in strength and feel like laying down and just falling asleep right there in the middle of the gym in front of everybody like "who cares"........ But you have to reach deep.
Can You Finish the Workout? What About Your Art?
You have to face yourself and ask: "Am I going to suck it up and finish what I started or am I going to throw it all away?" In all the inferno pain your body goes through you have a mental state of awareness. It's generally this laser focus I feel when creating art creeps in to my thoughts.
This time it is typically accompanied by physical pain so I wouldn't exactly call it “laser focus” but there is this autopilot feeling that kicks in and starts pushing the inner you. It truly is a strange and wonderful thing. It is not anything I have mastered but I do have this realization that I have learned to find the same strength in when creating art as I do in the work outs at the gym in really stressful moments, physically or mentally. You have to remain fully conscious of yourself. If you grind through it until the bitter end it will get easier with time.
Life is consistently challenging and things will arise, but in the end, the result will build you up like bricks to a wall that help create the fortress you call your body, mind, and soul… if you push through.
No it doesn't happen overnight. But over time, you develop the ability to look at something like work with a lot more ease. In the same way I would handle a big workout I would apply that to the task that gave me anxiety and literally take it one step at a time until finished. But when all is said and done with any workout at the gym, I think to myself; if I can handle that, I can pretty much handle any load of work I have for the day too.
Anxiety isn't magically turned off or anything but you tend to feel less and less of it. And find the fun instead!
How CrossFit Helps with Stress Relief While Running a Custom Shirt Rochester Business
Sasa Woodruff of NPR News reported "A New Prescription For Depression: Join A Team and Get Sweaty" where she breaks down the affects and correlation of exercise in social settings to the anxiety control and stress relief it creates.
The journal from a recent study from the Lancet Psychiatry took data from The Center of Disease and control Prevention of 1.2 million people across age, gender and education. The study shows that those who exercise regularly experienced less bad days mentally than those who didn't. Interestingly to me is also it shows that those in team environments with more social activity even suffered less mentally bad days. Social activity is so important. And as an artist, I have to take a lot of time to do my work and it means being alone a lot. I’ve come to find it can be a very interesting thing to be alone for days at a time. But thanks to going to the gym 3 days a week for just about 7 years now, I have been less stressed than ever in my life. Yes I have moments still when I wonder about my business and finances but I know that I can make a lot of situations work so I have more of a foundation when it comes to following the path I set before me.
If you’d like to know more about how CrossFit helps with art, creativity, and owning a Rochester custom t-shirt business, check it out, or ask me sometime!