A former boss used to open staff meetings with everyone sharing a high and a low of their week. The idea was that as a team, we could celebrate the high and offer advice (or support) for the low. It was fun and therapeutic, and after all those meetings, now I have this funny tendency to think of things in highs and lows. This past weekend’s time change is no different, and of course I have to give it a little bit of the fitness treatment.
High: More Time for Outdoor Activities
I’ll start with the obvious. It’s so nice to have extra time in the evenings after work for a tennis match, an outdoor run, hike or quick trip to the beach with Enzo. After a day in the office, a little sunshine and exercise really helps to purge built-up stress and is a great way to reflect on the day.
High: Opportunity for a Reset
I love goal and resolution setting, and Daylight Savings brings to mind spring, which gets me thinking about rejuvenation and re-birth. It’s a chance to assess and mix up my routine. This spring, I’m looking forward to re-establishing a regular yoga routine and jumping back into my tennis game. I will also (again) attempt to meditate regularly — I sometimes have “monkey mind” and I can’t ignore the evidence that meditation can help calm the inner chaos.
Low: End of my Favorite Season
My low isn’t that we lose an hour of sleep. It’s that daylight savings signals the end of winter. Winter means skiing, spending time outside in the peaceful snow and not sweating. This year, it takes on special meaning because the end of this winter also signals the end of my sabbatical and impending return to “real life.” Every longer day will be a reminder that this magical time in the mountains is soon coming to a close (insert sad face).
High: Back to San Francisco
Although my low is the end of winter and all that it signifies, at the same time it also means soon returning to San Francisco, seeing friends and family and starting down a new career path. Being back in San Francisco also means access to all of the fitness and sports-related stuff that I love and have missed. Tennis! Barry’s Bootcamp! Yoga studios on every corner! Scenic hikes! Runs along the Bay! All of these exclamation points are genuine … I love it all and I’m excited to get back to it.