It takes just 21 days to break a habit
On that basis I decided late in 2015 to try something I have wanted to do for a very long time, get physically fit and take better care of myself.
My motivation for this was not just to look and feel better (which is the bonus of regular exercise) but to stabilize my ever increasing blood pressure and be around for a few more years, hopefully decades. Now for some context to this impulsive behavior.
For the last 14 years I had been working in customer services, in a team leadership role on the front line of customer service, the complaints department. Yes, I was the guy you asked to speak to when the sometimes repetitive scripted reply to your complaint just wasn’t enough, or if you just wanted a rant at somebody else…I’ve had all types of escalated calls in this role, including a job offer from a Bishop in England while trying to defuse the scandal caused by BBC2 airing of Jerry Springer the Opera.
Fast forward to 2015 and it was apparent to me at least that work was taking its toll on my health and wellbeing. A daily mix of stress, anti-depressants and hypertension (high blood pressure) was too much to take and it was time to take serious stock of my life and where it was heading. While I enjoyed the social aspects of the job, leading and being part of a team, I needed to find a way to cope with the stresses and strains of it.
I began a full time course of study in Sports and Recreation, given my love of all things sports related, and was intrigued to find one of the modules included 8 weeks of meditation or Mindfulness. This is just what I needed, the path to a better, fitter and optimistic was laid out in front of me.