Having recently finished my Masters degree I’ve been thrown head first into a world of confusion — one that’s 100% my own making may I add.
What do I want to do with my life?
Do I want to stick with what I studied?
What do I really want out of a career?
These are just a few of the questions swirling around my brain on a daily basis, and the more I try to solve them, the harder it seems to get. We’ve got so much around us (I’m looking at you, social media) that makes it feel as if we need to have everything held together and perfectly planned out at all time… but that’s just not life. To remind me of this simple (yet oh-so often overlooked) fact I’ve re-committed myself to a regular yoga practise, and here’s how it’s helping me to realise it really is ok not to have it all figured out:
1. It brings me back to the moment
Now this one may seem obvious, but I honestly forget how much being mindful of my breath and body can provide an outside perspective on my stress. We all get it- those moments when you’re so lost in worries that everything snowballs and it feels like there’s no way out. Turns out yoga is the way out of my snowball! To slow it down and realise I’ve got this.
2. It allows a space for everything not to be ok
I’m one of those people who becomes frustrated at my own feelings, despite being able to give my friends and family clear advice and empathy when they’re in the same position (sound familiar?!). So those moments when I’m on my mat and I just allow myself to feel what I’m feeling… they mean a hell of a lot.
3. It reminds me I’m stronger than I think
I recently managed to hold crow pose for… wait for it… a whole 10 seconds! It may not sound like much, but I’ve been working on (and occasionally giving up on) crow pose for ages. It helps to have a reminder that perseverance really does pay off, even if the road is a little bumpy on the way.
4. It forces me to take that leap of faith
Just like pushing off into warrior 3, theres times when you just aren’t sure what’s going to happen. Am I going to fall? Am I about to make an idiot of myself? But now and again you just have to go for it. If you fall on your face? Get up and go again! It turns out falling down really isn’t the end of the world… who knew?!
So I think its about time I gave myself a break. After all, no one really has everything completely figured out, right? We’re all just swimming along in life trying to make the most of it, pretending that we know what we’re doing.
For now I’ll take a deep breath in, a deep breath out and maybe stay in savasana a little longer before I have to get back to that job search…
How about you, yogis? How does yoga help you cope with life (and work) off the mat?