Some days you just know from the minute you get up that it’s going to be a challenge to just make it through. Today was that day for me. In the end I got through it, kept a positive attitude (most of the time) and ended up having a pretty decent day. What is interesting about this is that if you would have asked me a few hours ago how my day was, I don’t think I would have had such a positive reflection on the day. So, what changed? Just one little thing…
…I went for a run.
I don’t know if anyone else has found this true, but getting in a workout can change your whole perspective on the day. It’s amazing how exercise – whether its running, lifting weights, or doing something else physical – can totally shift your mindset from negative to positive. From depressed to exuberant. Flips the switch from autopilot to jet pilot. Today was a prime example of that for me. As I noted above, I kind of slogged through the work day, not feeling bad – just not feeling, well, alive or engaged. Once I got home, things were more challenging – the kids were a little insane and I was moderately grumpy, never a good combination. There was yelling. I do that sometimes, I don’t like it – but it happens. At any rate, thanks to my loving and patient wife we all got through dinner and the kids eventually went to bed.
And then I ran.
And I felt better.
Reflections on the day seemed brighter and the future seems more exciting. All of this because I hauled myself to the gym, hopped on the treadmill and ran 2 miles. Yep, that was all it took to flip the switch – 2 miles, less than 20 minutes. I feel like a different, new, better, me. Call it ‘runners high’, blame it on the endorphin’s, I don’t really care – I’m just glad to end the day happy, healthy, and looking forward to doing it all again tomorrow.