Yeah, me too. A lot.
I know I’m not alone when I say I have lots of days where I just feel completely exhausted, constantly on the verge of tears, where the world just expects too much of me. Days where all I see is that I will fail to deliver.
- Confidence shattered.
- Strength evaporated.
- Optimism all but blown to the wind.
But I’ll be damned if I’ll let those feelings ever get the better of me. Don’t you dare let them either. Reality is that we all need to go a little mad sometimes – the trick is doing so without having a total meltdown and making yourself ill.
I’ve found that when mind over matter let’s me down, a little free-of-charge DIY Zumba session at home, with an added hint of rock chick impersonation, gives me the kick up the butt I need.
I’m sure my neighbours think me crazy, as a I hurl myself around the conservatory doing my Lady Gaga impressions and singing my head off. But boy does it lift my spirits and give me that mental energy boost I inevitably and quite often need. Especially when it dawns on me how crazy I must look, but even so I carry on regardless.
It’s something I’ve done for years (especially when cleaning – I mean why not make cleaning fun huh?), but even more so of late (I’m going through a tough separation). Pink’s So What post-relationship breakdown anthem is particularly uplifting in my circumstances, although as a mad Pink fan any of her rockier songs work for me.
Lady Gaga’s good too because, well, she’s one crazy but very talented lady and seriously … you throw yourself into doing an impression of her in the video to Telephone (featuring Beyonce) and you tell me it doesn’t make you laugh and feel heaps better!
Whatever your situation, I’d highly recommend a mad sing and dance session at home as a healthy form of exercise, both mental and physical. And for God’s sake don’t hold back.
Put on whatever music really floats your boat and let yourself go. Really, really, let yourself go. Find your inner Pink, Gaga, or whoever you like and just let it all out. Trust me you will feel better.
It is fast becoming a regular part of my daily routine, even if just as a little five minute pick-me-up when starting to feel tired of an evening. And it’s so true what they say: If you don’t laugh, you cry. So if you can, I’d go for laughter.
Trust me nothing makes you laugh harder or louder than making an idiot of yourself quite happily. Indeed embrace it and take pride. Cry with laughter and kill two birds with one stone.
Yes, it’s exhausting, but at the end of the day and despite the oft-recurring doubts that come into my mind as I over analyse every aspect of my life right now, I always know in my heart I have done the right thing.
And with Pink, Lady Gaga and an assortment of others always there to help me cleanse my soul and rejuvenate my spirits, I have no doubt I’ll come out the other end with a new zest for life and a beaming smile on my face … a fitter, leaner body too if I’m lucky (I can wish can’t I?!!).
So go on, stick your self-consciousness on the shelf, get your music system cranked up and go give it a whirl! Once you have, you’ll know in that instant that …
- YOU CAN CONQUER ANY FEAR
- YOU CAN OVERCOME ANY CHALLENGE
- YOU CAN ABSOLUTELY FULFIL ANY DREAM YOU EVER HAD
FEEL IT. BELIEVE IT. DO IT.
PS. I wrote this back in July 2010, just a month or so after my separation from my partner, but I only just had the confidence to post it. Yes, it all still holds true and yes, I do indeed still hurl myself around the conservatory like a crazy fool. My current favourite song of choice is Jennifer Lopez’s song On The Floor (my little dog Ozzie and I had a great time to that last night – yes I dance with the dog! What’s the problem?). And Chipmunk’s song Champion (featuring Chris Brown) is a real air-puncher make-you-feel-strong song for sure. Love it!
And you know what? I have more good days than bad now and trust me, so will you!
What’s more, a neighbour of mine recently confessed to giving it a go instead of signing up to a local Zumba class. More reserved than myself, she closes her lounge curtains every afternoon for a 15 minute DIY Zumba session, much to the dismay of her little dog I’m told. She agrees, singing her head off and dancing around like crazy works, both in lifting her spirits and helping her get fit. Yeah, I have one convert to my mad ways at last. So again, I urge you, give it a whirl.
I must admit though I’m mighty tempted by the whole Zumba craze … the name alone makes me smile so who knows what an actual proper Zumba session could unleash? Anyway, have fun and whatever … never give up people OK!