Aly’s Angle on Stretching and Affirmation (Week 4) I Hate (okay hate is a strong word, I dislike) Stretching:
I find stretching extremely difficult for multiple reasons. Tops on the list are: 1) I am bad at it and 2) I get bored. When I talk to people about my anxiety and inability to touch my toes, everyone says, “You need to try yoga; you will love it.” Well, I tried yoga, and I didn’t like it. It was too focused and still. I couldn’t contain my brain enough to sit through the 50-minute class.
It bothers me that I can’t quiet my body and my soul enough to appreciate such a reverent practice. In theory, the concept of doing yoga on the beach while the sun rises is very attractive, but in practice it’s similar to how I feel when I listen to classical music. Neither is calming at all; in fact, they’re the opposite. Both make me want to get up and sprint around with my arms in the air, while yelling.
So now that I’ve vulnerably disclosed my lack of zen, I’m making a commitment to patiently practice stretching this week with the Be BETTER community. I no longer want to be my high school self, who would ignore the warm-up, jump right into playing the sport and ignore the cool down to hop into the car.
This week my Be BETTER stretching goal is be able – finally – to touch my toes. I will commit to stretching at least five minutes a day, mostly while unwinding after my shower or while watching my select TV shows.
Recognizing positive affirmations within ourselves is something we need to practice consistently. “I am beautiful. I am smart. I am caring. I am ambitious. I am generous.” Just typing these words is uncomfortable because we rarely say them out loud even if that is how we feel. But the acknowledgment and reminders are critical. When I say these words, I want to become the true meaning of the word. You truly become what you tell yourself you are —good or bad. When working with high school girls, I see the need for affirmations on a daily basis. The reverse is true, as well. If you tell yourself, “I am always so forgetful,” you own that trait, and it becomes you. If you say instead, “I have been having forgetful moments,” then it becomes about the moment, not yourself. Two very different thought processes. This week with Be BETTER, I am going to write four affirmations on Post-it notes and place them in areas where I will see them often. My first Post-it will read, “I am PATIENT.”
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