It’s been about 7 months since Valerie retired. And WHOA is in her vocabulary!!! She had no idea it was going to be the way it is. Just to summarize that she did work in law enforcement for 26 years and also wore many hats on top of that. She studied singing, dance, started a blog and is also raising a responsible teen. So needless to say prior to retirement she was on a fast paced treadmill. And was able to run quite fast. Did she get tired? Hell yeah but she just kept pushing herself because after all that’s the way she was trained. No Pain, no gain.
Fast forward to retirement and now she finally gets a chance to rest and relax. Umm not exactly. She designed her retired life to keep herself on that treadmill. How and why did she do that? Well she got a puppy, kept up with all of my hobbies and realized that she was really exhausted. But she kept pushing herself anyway. Now instead of stressing about deadlines at work, she was stressing about getting the dishes done and doing laundry. Seriously? How the hell did that happen?
She realized that people get so programmed to go at such a high rate of speed that it is difficult to slow down. Imagine when you are on a tread mill and you get off suddenly, well your heart keeps racing and it takes a little while for it to slow down. Well that’s exactly what happens when you retire. It takes a minute to slow down. Except it’s a rude reality check to realize that you never got off the treadmill. The treadmill just changed from the treadmill to “Plogging.”
The realization that one seriously just needed to rest. Stopping all work just isn’t possible as a mom, your on call 24/7. Especially with a puppy. (counting respiration rates, taking temperatures of a puppy and trying to find her pulse,trips back and forth to UC Davis etc.)
How the heck do you slow down anyway? The answer is to take time to rest. Maybe watching TV is not a waste of time. I usually watch an interesting movie but you really need that downtime.
If you allow yourself to rest you will find that one will start to feel more calm and sleep better at night. Work still occurs but now just take more breaks and don’t worry about anything. Valerie is recovering from all of those years of over work. Her favorite thing is when plans are made and the plans fall through. She stopped putting on make up as much. Started doing yoga everyday. Basically getting back to basics. Valerie realized that “Yoga Teacher heal thyself.” has real meaning. Getting back on the yoga mat and just let go of the past and the future. Allow yourself the time to rest and heal.
What was the result? Well She feels way better. She is more calm and relaxed.
Everyone is different in their experience. And by the way what works for you might not work for everyone or maybe you want the freedom to explore your own options. It’s called Freedom of Choice. So please do what your heart desires.
Remember even cell phones get a chance to charge themselves.
Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach and a Yoga Instructor/dancer and singer. She recently retired and is redesigning her life. Life is a journey and it has many ups and downs. Find the pathway that serves you. This is a belly dance inspired movement. She also gives a talk at the end about diet.