As I sit at my desk drinking some rooibos tea from Trader Joe’s and staring at my laptop screen, I realized that this is the first time all week I have had peace and quiet. Last weekend was jam packed with the CrossFit L1 certification. On Saturday, we began at 8:30 am and went to 6 pm. Afterwards, we decided to head over to our gym since they were hosting a competition that weekend and we wanted to support our friends who were competing. We didn’t get home until 8:30 pm that night and then it was back to the certification at 9 am on Sunday until 5 pm. Sunday night was a scramble to make dinner, do some laundry, and get a start on programming for the week. And before I knew it, it was Monday morning.
For an introvert, a high stimulus weekend with no devoted time to quiet and being alone is really difficult. My anxiety levels have been much higher, my creativity took a dump, and my mood has been solemn all week. My weekends are usually very low key because I spend my days training at a gym with loud music and lots of people. I am required to bring lots of energy and by the time Saturday comes around, I am very drained. The last thing I want to do is be around a lot of people, with lots of noise, and no time to be alone. The past weekend reminded me just how important down time is for my overall health and if I don’t stay on top of it, it is incredibly detrimental to me in all realms of life.
I say all these things today because it’s Friday and we are on the verge of a weekend. These two days are for us to check in with ourselves and figure out what we are really in need of. Does it look like not setting an alarm? Does it look like going to bed early? Does it look like connecting with friends over brunch? Does it look like spending the whole weekend alone? Does it look like saying no to an offer because it simply fills you with dread rather than joy? Take a bit of time this morning to imagine what you want your weekend to look like. Whatever it is for you, I hope you have the opportunity to do exactly what your soul needs.