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Waking up and hitting the snooze button. Continually feeling tired throughout the day. There’s no spark, excitement, or passion, because quite honestly, every day feels like a homework assignment you don’t have the energy to do. You constantly feel behind—not just in your performance at work—but also in your relationships and connection to self. And then there’s stress.
Stress prevents you from being as productive as you once were, which often results in incomplete projects and an ever-growing to-do list. As hard as you try, it can sometimes feel like you just can't climb out from under the pile. This is what burnout can look like for many, and this growing epidemic is a thief that robs the world of passionate change agents, influencers, leaders, teachers, artists, and innovators.
The term “burnout” was coined in the 1970s by psychologist Herbert Freudenberger to describe severe stress and high ideals. Burnout has a wide range of symptoms—apathy and a sense of hopelessness being the #1 killer of joy. There’s this sense that nothing is going right or nothing matters. As the symptoms worsen, these feelings may become immobilizing, making it seems like "what's the point?"
If this sounds like you, you might feel perplexed, as you’ve done everything the experts say you should do. You tried sleeping longer hours, improving diet, taking time for yoga, and writing in a journal. You even seek refuge outside the city when you can to pick up the pieces of your own sanity. Yet, even after all the wishing and hoping (and a few too many cups of coffee) nothing seems to budge you to move forward in life.
I know first hand how exhausting it can be trying to move beyond the cycles of burnout. But why? I spent years as an entrepreneur feeling on top of the world when I was staying busy and getting things done. In hindsight, pushing hard all the time caused me to move from a state of lack. Somewhere in me was a strong belief that I am not enough. What I love has always been tangled up in my profession, so it became a blind spot. Until I was bumping up against burnout, it was hard to see my relationship with myself and work was the issue.
Hustling is aggressive, forceful, and most importantly, it’s a hurried approach to reach a goal or offer a service. Anytime you feel hurried you tend to be slightly out of alignment, no longer experiencing joy in the moment.
As I started to witness this in myself and shift away from the hustle, I was able to see that my days looked like a squirrel munching and hoarding acorns. However, every time I believed that I was breaking up with the hustle mentality, I found myself back at it again. Logic unconvinced that doing less or having faith was a step towards accomplishment.
I noticed many of the high achievers I've worked with have this strong belief that for one to be successful in life, you have to fill up your time with pushing through, constantly. Our brain works like a computer—programming gets inputted in from experiences, other individuals or society, and we start to identify as the software. We can live in logic, powering through and being practical, or on the other side of the spectrum wishful, waiting around hoping things will come to you. I’m here to tell you there is a place in between.
This middle path helps to make a change to occur in conformity with will. Our will is our most powerful tool which gives us the freedom to make choices. The human condition spins counter-clockwise, against the will of nature which causes us to feel negative and supports our inner dialogue that life is a struggle. Burnout is a result of the thoughts we are thinking, the forces behind our why. Do you stay busy to feel needed and special?
We can adopt as many affirmations and Jedi mind tricks as we’d like, but at the core of this epidemic lies our issue with self-worth. As I continue to discover this greater worthiness, the emotional charge to fight or deny fades. There is a way to serve others while meeting my own needs and living an abundant life. I just needed to get out of my own way first. Energetic healing and training handed down through ancient mystery school tradition has been the strongest catalyst to achieve this state in my life. Tools to shift perception supported me in seeing motivations and blocks I was previously unaware of.
Like any pattern or program wired in us, it takes time to break down a system and implement a new version. This world can be our playground to learn, grow, and try new things if we allow ourselves time to stop constantly striving.
Waking up and for once, preemptively turning off the snooze button. Continually feeling a lightness at work, in a flow state– tinges of spark, excitement, and passion bubbling through, just because. You feel in the right place at the right time, and the right amount of pressure empowers you to trust the middle path.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.