Blog Post (9/27/2018) Meditation and Exercise—a.k.a Stop Saying Nasty Things to Yourself (Self-Care and Writing Part II)

I didn’t expect to make a part two to my self-care series but there have been some cool results that I wanted to share. One day it just hit me while I was waking up, why not try meditating and exercising before work too? I already had my self-care routine, so why not add a half an hour of meditation and exercise when I wake up. I hadn’t expected it to make such a positive change in my life already.

Meditation is strangely enlightening—okay, not that strange because it’s been proven to help. I’ve learned a lot of things about myself in the fifteen minutes I take every day to reset my brain. It’s a powerful thing giving yourself time to think. Also, for me, it’s a great self esteem exercise. I don’t give myself enough credit for anything that I do. In meditation, I give myself compliments and positive affirmations. It’s not something I typically do in my day to day. With it, I noticed how hard I am on myself. This especially the case with little things about myself that I feel I’m not good at. Meditation has given me the tools to confront those feelings and talk about them to myself. In a way, it gave me the tools to let go of everything I naturally bottle up (which is a lot of things). This gave me the mindfulness that I needed to work on my creative endeavors more.

The exercise helps as well. It’s never anything big; 5×4 pushups, 5×4 squats, 5×5 bicep curls with 5-pound weights. This gets my now rested mind into action while also helping me feel better about myself. I’m slowly adding more and more sets to my exercises to get myself accustomed to the work. People already noticed the difference and it’s only been a month or so.

I feel like for me, I needed to get out of my own head for a while. It’s something my older brother has been saying for a while. I’ve started to use meditation and exercise to help me with that. I’m so used to pushing myself harder that I forgot that I am a person from time to time. As a result, this new regime that I created for myself has helped me get closer in touch with my creative self. Work is becoming easier and I can enjoy the times that I have when I’m not working.

So, if you’re pushing yourself too hard or you aren’t in the head space to work like you want, try this out. Meditate for a while. Exercise for a while. Take care of yourself for a while. Don’t let your creativity and your drive to succeed take over your life. You’ll be surprised on what will change if you do.

Also, be nice to yourself. There’re enough people that are going to tell you what you can and cannot do. Say nice things about yourself both aloud and in your head. When you read something you wrote, don’t just find what you think its wrong, give yourself a compliment. If you’re mean to yourself, people are going to notice. You’re going to notice (hint: you’re going to feel like crap.).  Stop self-bullying. You’re great. I like you, you should like you. If you don’t like yourself, take steps in that direction.

See you folks later,

Deston “D.J.” Munden