In my last post I discussed a bit of my stress about having so much grad school projects and assignments to do along with having a part time job. The stress hasn’t necessarily gone away but it has greatly decreased thank to me taking on a new hobby: exercise.
Exercise. An interesting activity for me to take up considering how physically inactive I usually am.
I started going to the nearby gym after my classes and work initially to work off the grad student 25 that no one tells you about (probably because it doesn’t exist and it’s just something in my mind that I made up). But something interesting happened. After my first week, it became something I wanted to do every day and something I wanted to commit to.
As student affairs professionals and graduate students, we put in a lot of time, effort and production into the work we have to do and the work that we want to do. This could lead to burnout and days of feeling helpless especially when the work load seems like it is too much to bear. It’s important that we find a hobby or an activity that could take us away from our work and current stressors.
It’s like the wise Elle Woods from Legally Blonde said “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.” When I work out, I am happy. When I work out, I actually feel like I get more energy and feel more ready to get back into my work. I think I need those extra endorphins to get me through and not see an assignment as something to dread, but rather something to accomplish.
What could push you? Packing a separate bag with your gear. I started bringing 2 bags with me to school as a reminder to my commitment to exercise, self care, and overall wellness. It’s a symbol of perseverance and courage and it helps me stay motivated through my graduate school journey overall.
For those who are looking to add exercise back into their schedule, find some free time during your work week and weekend. At most you’ll need an hour to an hour and a half and you can decide for yourself how often a week you can or would like to exercise. I prefer exercising after my day of class and work because by the end of my day I’ll have something to sweat off.
For all of the fellow #sagrads, ask yourself:
What do I do for myself to relieve stress?
Am I striving for a healthy life?
Am I stressed out more times than not?
What is something that I love to do outside of work? How can I incorporate that into my life more often?
Stay tuned until next month!
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Podcast With Lisa Endersby on Assessment in Student Affairs