BY CRISTIN VAN HORN, EDGEWATER STUDIO COORDINATOR
April Showers Bring May Flowers, but the fact is, the rain can slow us down, make us tired, unmotivated, and even emotional. This April, instead of letting life’s little rain storms weigh you down, we challenge you to play in the puddles and remind yourself that flowers need the rain in order to grow. There is no way around the storm once it hits, but here are some tips on how to get you through it.
- Get by with a little help from your friends
Surrounding yourself with a support system of loving friends and family members is amazingly helpful during difficult times (and even more amazing once the rain has lifted!) If you are going through something you don’t want the whole world knowing, try to find at least one close friend that you can talk to openly. Venting really does help!
2. Give yourself the gift of self-love
Self love and self care go a LONG way when you’re feeling gloomy. Get a manicure, a new haircut, or try that new spring style you’ve been eyeing (white booties anyone?). Take a day off and go to the spa, or just stay in and give yourself a face mask, bubble bath, and big ass glass of wine. Taking time for yourself is an important part of recuperation, and after the clouds lift, your hair, skin, and wardrobe will thank you!
3. Pop some uppers
No we don’t mean drugs, EXERCISE is hugely important when you are braving life’s little storms! It helps to increase blood flow, oxygen, and all those feel good endorphins! Jumping around and breaking a sweat not only lifts your mood and boosts your outlook, but according to the National Cancer Institute, higher levels of exercise are linked to lower levels of multiple kinds of cancer! And if you train with other Janes, you’ll also be hanging out with some cool supportive women while you’re at it! WIN WIN.
4. Mind the important stuff
When life throws rain clouds your way, it is really easy to get wrapped up in negativity. Try to practice mindfulness in order to keep the important stuff in perspective. Finding gratitude in even the smallest things can help us get through the tough times and practicing mindfulness helps us stay present in the moment, a universally useful tool. Try to remember the things that are good in your life, even if they seem few and far between: like PIZZA and WINE! Finding joy in little things will help lighten the load when the going gets tough.
5. This too shall pass
I try to remember this during Train Jane with Jacey- 30 more seconds of hell, then I can breathe!! Problems are like that too- you just have to get through 30 more seconds (then maybe a few more rounds) until eventually you will be able to breathe again. After it, you are stronger because of it. Try to remember that whatever storm you are currently braving will not last forever. Everything passes: the good, the bad, and the ugly will eventually be over. Unfortunately, no matter how much we wish and hope, we can’t hang on to things once they’ve passed and we can’t rush the things that aren’t yet ready to. So don’t worry after the rain passes, the sun will be back in no time!