How Exercising Helped Me Reconnect With Myself

Going to the gym is a workout for the body and the mind.

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So, something weird happened last week that has been my mind.

I went to the gym for the first time in awhile. I was feeling overwhelmed about a bunch of life stuff at the time.

I wasn’t feeling very confident that day. I got to the gym and was convinced I wasn’t going to last very long on the stair climber. The stress and heavy thoughts I was carrying with me made me think I wouldn’t be able to keep my legs moving.

Well, I ended up doing pretty well (by my standards anyway). I followed my normal routine, took a shower, and started my drive to work.

As I was driving, it hit me. The entire time I was at the gym, I wasn’t thinking about anything. There is no other way to describe it, other than my mind was blank.

Any and all of the thoughts that were nagging me before I left that morning disappeared during my workout. There was no drama of the day that entered into my brain. I was just one with my body as I was struggling to breathe on the stair climber.

Ok, struggling to breathe might be a little dramatic. But I was definitely feeling it.

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As I drove to work, I reflected on my time at the gym. And how wonderful I felt.

It can be argued that we need to be present at all times. Not being present causes us to miss whatever might be going on around us.

However, I will argue that the half hour of blank bliss I experienced, was my way of being present. Just not in the conventional sense.

I wasn’t thinking about anything except for how my body was feeling. I focused on keeping myself moving and adjusting my speed to accommodate my aching legs.

I call it blank bliss because all I was focused on was my body. I wasn’t thinking about the day ahead at my job, or what needed to be done at the house. I was focused on my body and what it needed to feel great.

I was giving my body exactly what it needed. And at the time, I didn’t notice it but, I was giving my mind what it needed too.

During this time, my mind was able to relax. It was not spinning with thoughts of what happen that day, or 10 years down the road. It was getting a nice break.

Most of us spend our days in a whirlwind of mental activity and exhaustion. We are always thinking 10 steps ahead and planning for multiple scenarios at any given moment.

If we aren’t careful, we will get sucked into the black hole of life and struggle to connect with ourselves and our mind.

And now that I have experienced this precious moment where my brain was silent, I now crave it. It is my goal to experience this feeling at least once or twice a week. I think it is a crucial way to re-connect with ourselves and make sure we are focused on the important things.

To be connected with ourselves, we need to experience moments where we are just existing. It is in those moments where we realize what we need to be focusing on.

Let me know what you do to slow down and reconnect with yourself. I would love to hear!

Writing about all kinds of life stuff. Sharing my experiences to help and inspire others. ashleymattice.com

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