Some people really love the holidays. Some struggle with depression, isolation and a multitude of mental and emotional stresses.
Each year it is our culture to put ourselves on hold through the holiday season, make new resolutions at the beginning of the year and then fall away from our goals and then repeat the same pattern again.
This pattern becomes ingrained in us and enters our habits throughout the year. I will run into gym members out in the community when I haven’t seen them in the gym in awhile. Pretty much every time they tell a story of being overcome with stress and so they stop coming into the gym. They know that the gym could help them, but something puts them into shutdown mode and keeps them away. They will eat more processed food, sometimes drink more alcohol and sleep less.
I get it. It’s harder to face feelings and feel uncomfortable. It’s hard to show up, train, allow your feelings to surface and express themselves because when you leave the gym, while you feel better, when you leave, the feelings are still there.
If you don’t go to the gym. You can use all the numbing techniques available….the drinking, overeating, excessive sleeping, whatever your favorite combination of avoidance.
It’s easy to get lost in your head, to spin into different realities, to get further from your physical, mental and emotional goals.
When you are ready, the gym is here, ready to take on your expression, your sweat, your challenges and ready to celebrate in your successes. All the coaches have their own experiences and can support your efforts with a lot of empathy.