As athletes, runners, cyclists, fitness enthusiasts, we thrive off adrenaline. Each week we hammer away at our workouts, seek to master a long run or ride, and chase after that endorphin “high.”
With this feeling comes a sense of being invincible. To continue to PUSH through, do more, lift more, BE MORE in our everyday lives. And before we know it, we’ve run on that adrenaline week after week without any rest. Our quest for endurance has gone too far and our bodies (and minds) are left somewhat confused at why we are doing what we are doing. Sound familiar?
Last week I set out for a regular hour run on the trails and lasted all of three minutes. Now don’t get me wrong, my body was not tired and I am confident that I could have convinced it to ENDURE the rest of the run, but my mind had other plans. It decided it no longer wanted to endure what was not needed. Thankfully, I live with the one smart triathlete, and he has taught me that pushing through the miles just for the sake of it is a waste of energy. A rather poor excuse for an adrenaline rush. So I walked and let my mind UN-endure what it had persevered through days and weeks before.
Where am I going with this?
Can one be addicted to the adrenaline rush of stress? Sadly, I think so.
“When we come into contact with stress, our natural response is to push through.
We don’t want to be in need or fail to meet others’ expectations, especially our own.” – Bonnie Gray
So maybe we need to stop creating these habits and start breaking them instead! Breaking the habit of taking on (enduring) more “stuff” week after week. You know, that adrenaline junkie habit of working more and busying more, which leaves us UNDOING more.
How do we replace endurance filled weeks with more purposeful LESS is MORE living?
- We recognize that this adrenaline feeling is not sustainable. Even the elite cannot push through back to back weeks. They need rest and recovery.
- We learn to recognize and LISTEN to the angel on our shoulder. The one that says get out of the rat race. It’s a trick! Speeding through life doesn’t bring any victory.
- We talk it out. Whether it be to friends, family, or spouses. We get real, because I guarantee you someone else can relate or has been in your shoes before.
- We stop focusing on just getting through the day, the week, the month, and we start cherishing the moment we are in. Get good at it! Take a walk break and disconnect.
- We nourish. I think one of the best ways for me to back off the “high” of go go go weeks is to cook a meal. I mean really slow down and prepare a meal from scratch. I think spending time in the kitchen can almost bring me back to homeostasis.
The only thing that is REALLY worth enduring (to me) is following God’s plan for us. With HIS strength, we can sustain that weekly RUSH of the journey.
ENDURE less and ENJOY more –> MARVELOUS!
I may have used “we” throughout the post, but do realize I am preachin to the choir here (ME).
What are your thoughts?
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p.s. I think many of you will find this article about Modern Day stress a great read!