Do you ever get that feeling that you are constantly running somewhere, doing things with little to no time for yourself? I had that feeling and managed to get rid of it by running.
Yes, it sounds ludicrous doesn’t it? But stay with me.
Nowadays we live our lives in the fast lane. Eat, drink, study, work, sleep. Repeat. The time for relaxation is limited, be it chilling with a book and a glass of vine, training at the gym while listening to your favorite music or just walking your dog in the nature. I too was feeling stressed and fatigued from constant running around finishing different tasks in the 24h time constraint.
So one day (Friday after work – complete cliché) I was sitting and chatting with a good friend of mine in a bar. The topic of our conversation was similar to this article, what to do to get out of life routine and start feeling better.
Then my friend said something that changed my perspective. He said “Remember that stupid movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Running man? That’s the world we live in now.” So let me remind you what’s it about:
“In the year 2017, the world economy has collapsed. The great freedoms of the United States are no longer, as the once great nation has sealed off its borders and become a militarized police state, censoring all film, art, literature, and communications. Even so, a small resistance force led by two revolutionaries manages to fight the oppression. With full control over the media, the government attempts to quell the nation's yearning for freedom by broadcasting a number of game shows on which convicted criminals fight for their lives. The most popular and sadistic of these programs is "The Running Man," hosted by Damon Killian.” Source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093894/
We giggled a bit. World economy had a breakdown, every TV station has a reality program. Yes, we are living in the world of the Running man.
“You know what,” I told my friend, “I am going to start running.”
He laughed. He was certain it was just another bar promise but it wasn’t.
Next day I bought my first pair of running shoes and started running. It was very, VERY hard at the beginning. Today I run almost every day for one hour. I don’t feel the physical load anymore, legs just march on and the brain relaxes. It doesn’t matter how tired I was when I start running, at the end I feel invigorated. This has become my zen zone, a way to relax and runaway from everyday pressure.
I advise you to find something similar, something that will remove that pressure of modern living be it running, yoga or reading a book.