Here is my monthly review for February. If you want to read January’s, check it out here.
1. What went well this month?
- Scaling back my workouts. In February, I started attending an 8-week program on Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. The class meets once a week for three hours but assigns a lot (a lot) of practice time. It was starting to overwhelm me and my body was plateauing a few different lifts, so I decided to switch to two lifting workouts a week. Bench & deadlifts one day and back squat & push press the other. It’s been amazing.
- Going on vacation. I spent a week hiking in Saguaro National Park. It was nice and really gave me a national park buzz. I didn’t check my work email once (over nine days) and honestly a lot of the vacation was…boring. There wasn’t that much to do in town and we got sick of driving after a while. It was nice to both take time off and take enough space to feel excited about coming home.
2. What didn’t go so well this month?
- My energy level. All month, I have felt very low energy. I think this is because the MBSR class shifted my schedule just enough that I got about an hour less of sleep every day. I just felt drained and exhausted a lot of the month.
3. What did I work on last month and how did it go?
- Injury prevention. This went well. I was able to shift my workouts towards something that fits better into my life at the moment and have been stretching every day.
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction. Well, I have certainly been doing this. I have noticed it is easier for me to be mindful and not resist unpleasant experiences so much. But it’s been challenging in others ways as well.
- Creating more art. I did not do this at all, mostly because I felt too low energy all month.
4. What am I working toward?
- Focus. MBSR has made me want to be more intentional around focusing — when I’m at work, when I’m at home — really, with whatever I am doing.
- Self-compassion. For whatever reason, this has been a slightly mentally and physically challenging time period for me. It’s been nice when I’ve been able to be less rigid and identify what I really need and do that.