The infamous wall sit marks the halfway point in G MOVES boot camp. We hold and we shake. We tell stories to distract from the intense discomfort. A few sets later? We exhale with pride as we’ve conquered the wall like strong warriors, and proceed to head off to the next challenge. In life we come up against many “walls” that test our inner strength. With the tips below, you’ll be scaling up and crashing through those walls like nobody’s business.
Take deep breaths. If you’re overwhelmed with the task at hand, take a few deep, deliberate breaths, which have been shown to calm the mind and reduce stress. Sometimes all you need is some fresh oxygen (bonus if you’re in the great outdoors) to reset and re-engage. I combat periodic anxiety - typically over stuff outta my control - by closing my eyes and breathing deeply while rolling my shoulders. My personal breathing rhythm: Inhale for a count of seven, hold for a count of three, and exhale for a count of nine.
Count down from five. One of my fave speakers, Mel Robbins, touts the five-second rule. Next time you’re in the thick of that intense ab crunch set or work deliverable, take five seconds to push hard before you take a break (since you can do anything for five seconds). Do a quick body shake to loosen up tension, then dive back into the task.
Talk it out. Talking through struggles works wonders. That’s one reason I ask people how they feel when they’re working through a difficult set at boot camp. The same applies to any life challenge. Having someone say, “You’re pushing through something hard, and you’ve got this” can be just the hit of positive energy you need to keep going. Plus, when said out loud, the big hairy challenge can seem a little less formidable.
Focus on the positive. Positive energy rules. It’s the “secret sauce” I strive to add to any situation that tests my emotional or physical strength. It’s spinning a situation to focus on the good stuff. During race training, if I felt like giving up I’d switch my mind to the satisfaction of completing my session and relaxing under a steaming hot shower. Or, during an extremely stressful year-long work project, I focused on building my career portfolio and expanding my skillset and network. So, next time you’re faced with a seemingly insurmountable challenge, focus on the satisfaction of getting over that wall and how great you’ll feel when you’ve done it. Basically, try to look on the bright side.
Challenges are a part of our growth and development. During times when these challenges push us to the brink, it’s important to keep a toolkit of tactics that can lift us up toward victory. Let’s keep crushing those walls, both during and after boot camp!