Sweat it out: the stress, the overwhelm, the mind chatter.
I know that 20-40 minute sweat session + meditation a few days each week is therapeutic for my soul. I have less anxiety and tension sitting in my body and I just function better. Also, it kicks those endorphins into gear. Woohoo! I sent a good part of my twenties running lots (and lots) of miles. I'd get up at the crack of dawn and get in a long run before the workday. These days I grasp any extra sleep I can get, so a workout under an hour a few days a week fits just right.
Routines are hardest to start, but eventually it becomes a habit, and then part of your wellness.
Last year I discovered Kait Hurley (on a podcast) and fell in love with her workouts. Coming out of a particularly awful period with the vestibular stuff, I needed to get my mind in a different place and I longed to feel the 'high' from working out. Running didn't feel right, but her move + meditate workouts make my soul so damn happy. And it was not easy at first and I felt entirely ungrounded and unstable, but over weeks and months of consistently getting in a move + meditate session, I started to really feeling amazing. Also, as a total bonus my body was leaner and stronger. I had started the workouts for mental support and to fight migraines, and in turn they helped my entire wellbeing.
Also, when I did get back into runner I was stronger and faster than I'd ever been. I'd spent so many years just running and it turns out adding in some restorative and high intensity workouts were just what my body was craving. I can't say enough good things about her workouts and if you follow me on Instagram you've probably noticed my love for them.
If you're sort of in a funk with working out right now, then I'd say getting into a routine is probably your biggest challenge. But man when you're in the rhythm, it feels fantastic. So just start, ok? Go for a walk and breathe that fresh air or go for a run and enjoy feeling out of breathe and your body working for you. Take a yoga class or hop over to one0eight (online classes) and pick one that caters to you. I'm a full-time working mom with two preschoolers, so while they watch their show, I get 20-30 minutes to workout. That's how I make it happen. Once I'm in the groove, I crave a good workout but even if it feels 'bad' in the moment, afterwards I feel that bliss from doing it.
The gym is not my high vibe type of place, so I stick to working out in my home, an occasionally yoga studio session, or just getting outdoors. You do what fuels your soul because in order to make it happen you've got to be feeling good from it.