So, life has been a little crazy recently. Since getting engaged, I’ve been moving out of my apartment and into Will’s place. It has been a long, drawn out undertaking – because I have SO many things to move, donate or throw away. While it is nice that I have been able to slowly move things over a few weekends and I have Will helping me, life can feel a little discombobulated when your belongings are split between two locations.
On top of that, we have started searching for wedding venues, work has been busy and I’ve also been studying up on how to take my blog to the next level (woohoo!). Don’t get me wrong. Life is good. I don’t have much to complain about, and I feel fulfilled in so many ways. But, I can’t help but feel stressed that so many things are happening at the same time. It makes me wonder – can we be stressed from good things? And is that ok?
I wanted to share my thoughts to let you know — if you are feeling a little stressed out, even if it’s for all good reasons, you’re not alone! It can be helpful to remind yourself when the stress is coming from positive things that there are wonderful things happening in your life. It is ok to admit to your stress, but I have found that turning my stress into gratitude and reasons to be thankful makes me feel much happier and content with a stressful period in my life. A little stress here and there can also be normal even if it’s from things you are so happy about. The key is checking yourself, accepting the stress, leaning into it and creating some moments of peace or relief throughout the stressful time.
I find peace and confidence to work through the stress when I workout. My go-to stress reliever has been running and working out (which I shared with you in February), and it has continued to be a healthy outlet for me recently. A couple months ago, I created my own HIIT (high intensity, interval training) workout for the treadmill and I have really enjoyed it on a few recent rainy (or super-pollen-ated!) days. The great thing is, I can modify it for the eliptical if my knees are bothering me or even increase the speeds and inclines if I’m feeling extra energetic.
HIIT workouts are my favorite because they get my heart rate going quickly, and I enjoy breaking a sweat when I workout. I typically start with a HIIT run for about 30 minutes and follow it with 20 minutes of body weight resistance exercises, like jump squats, planks, mountain climbers and push ups. HIIT training is thought to help burn more calories, strengthen your heart and even help you loose weight faster. Personally, I have found HIIT has allowed me to gain strength and endurance.
Have you tried HIIT workouts? I’d love to hear if you’ve experiences some good things in your life that have stressed you out, and how you worked through it.
P.S. Here are a few of my favorite running shoes. 🙂