exercise in the plane
10 minutes every 2 hours
$ 0 (once you get your ticket)
For this self-care, I thought I’d have the choice between having a long shaking body cry and exercising in the plane. Both of them are self-care.
Crying out all the tears you have is a formidable tension reliever and exercising in the plane helps you get through a long haul flight with minimum physical inconvenience.
Problem is the shaking body cry I was expecting didn’t come.
This year, my new experiement -the denial attitude- worked.
I chose not to say good-bye but rather, “see you later”.
Now it worked so well that I’m scared I have a boomerang effect in a couple days when I realize I’m gone for a year.
But no need to worry for something that doesn’t exist yet. What was real on the other hand was me with the two little ones in a plane for an 8-hour flight, with very little room to move.
So yesterday, every 2 hours, I walked and stretched in the corridor, trying to ease tension on my muscles and joints.
Hardest part? Forget that people in the plane were watching me.
I dealt with this discomfort after a small conversation with myself:
- Mimi, I don’t feel comfortable stretching in the corridor with people looking at me.
- It’s fine Mimi. You know, you’re being good to yourself.
- I know but still, people are looking at me.
- You’re right, but what? What if people are looking at you? What do you think they’re thinking?
- I don’t know, that I’m stretching in the corridor.
- Yes, exactly ! And what are you doing?
- Well, I’m stretching in the corridor.
- So what’s the problem then?
This little and simple conversation with myself was very useful.
First, it helped me overcome my discomfort.
Second, it reminded me that discomfort is a feeling that can be taken care of by dissecting it. It’s usually much bigger than its real implications in life.
Exercise in the plane: a physical and educational self-care
Good bye dear friends from Morocco. I’ll miss you a lot.
And much love to all.
WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Exercising in a long haul flight will help you prevent back pain, muscles spams and blood clots.
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