Do you know about stress?
It might be from the holidays or the kids, the work load, illness or a difficult relationship, it might be because of money, or lack of it.
It kind of creeps up on you until you feel that ache in your stomach and tension in your neck.
Then what do you do?
I have to admit, I’ve been feeling pretty stressed the last few weeks. For lots of reasons but what’s saved me is…well, let me tell you a little story.
A year ago I fell madly in love. It was a brand new passion.
It was kind of surprising, unexpected, almost embarrassing; from one day to the next I was completely obsessed.
Every time was the same, pure joy – I would spend the whole time with a huge grin on my face, my mind completely immersed in the physicality; I’d finish exhausted, sweaty and completely spent.
At first I thought the passion was about feeling young again and enjoying how my body was getting stronger and fitter. I was learning to move parts of me that I had forgotten all about. I was ecstatic.
But then I realized it was something else. It is how it completely clears my mind. And in those moments of a clarity and focus, I am really happy.
You may be asking, what is this crazy passion? Where did it come from? Who’s the guy?
Well, it’s no guy. It’s Zumba – a wonderful exercise/dance class to Latin music with a wild beat and crazy energy. It only took one class for me to fall in love!
There are lots of ways to relieve stress. But it’s the passion that drew me in, the fun and the fitness. What do you do when you feel stress?
When I think about passion I know that Zumba is not my first love. It is my most recent! My first love was stories. It’s been true love for me, lasted a lifetime.
So, I wonder what’s your passion? What the thing that gets you out of the stress funk? What do you do to ease the tension?
© Copyright 2011 Lisa Bloom