Well its just over three months since the big Earthquake hit us here in Japan, and life is settling down back to as normal as it can be under the circumstances of having life in Tokyo being turned upside down. With everyone trying to conserve electricity, it will truly be a long hot Summer this year. Roll on October….!
As you can imagine, it has been hard to maintain regular anything with increased workloads at the office and real life responsibilities being the priority. Personal maintenance becomes secondary as a consequence. On top of that, when the stress levels go up as in times like this, the energy levels just aren’t
there to “push the envelope” so to speak, so I had to put my plans for a second hard training cycle on hold till my body told me it was ready to go again.
That time has come. My body feels good and rested, and my constant light maintenance training has kept me prepared for some hard work to come. So back to the grunt work again…..
In all things, this year has been a learning experience.
I realized in vivid detail that whether you want it to or not, as you get older, stress plays a
greater and greater part of your life and consciousness. The last few months have illustrated to me in great detail just how harmful stress is to your psyche and well being.
It affects everything; work, relationships, free time, your habits. It saps that extra vitality
that we rely upon to get through the grind, whether that be at work or play, or just spending time with your significant other. Naturally, we start looking for crutches when we cant switch it off, and that’s where the danger lies.
Balance is the key, knowing when to step away from situations and unrealistic expectations and acknowledge that you are under a lot of pressure, thus allowing you to seek solutions and if necessary, help.
But how do you do that when the world around you is out of balance? And everyone you know is freaking out?
And herein lies the lesson. I am still learning.
Back to work for me.