Mind-Over-Matter

IJennifer Lingle recently started going back to Crossfit after taking a long break from that particular type of workout. It’s so great to be back at it. If you have never heard of Crossfit, it’s defined as constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. I personally think of it as the most insane, butt-kicking workout that leaves me feeling energized, inspired, and absolutely exhausted all at the same time.

I will not deny that there are some mornings that I absolutely do not feel like going. Especially now that it is starting to get a bit cooler in the mornings, sometimes I want to just stay in bed. However, once I am there, I never regret it. And, after every single workout, I have the same thought, Wow! I did it!

One of the things I love best about Crossfit is that I am often faced with obstacles and situations where I have to mentally and physically leap over hurdles. Whether it’s continuing to run even though I feel like collapsing, or jumping on top of a box even though I feel like sitting, it is always mind over matter.

The reason I wanted to share this part of my life with you is because I know that you often feel this way on a daily basis. Sometimes you just want to stay in bed because you know that you are about to face some severe meltdowns head on. Perhaps you are experiencing challenges with your child’s school, and you just don’t feel like dealing with another battle. Or maybe you are feeling at a loss as to how to handle your child’s sensory and behavioral challenges.

Whatever the case may be, sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and push on. Mind over matter. You need to believe in yourself, before you can even think about making things happen. It all starts with the thought, “I’ve got this!”

My Crossfit experiences also make me think of my sweet clients who are constantly learning strategies to handle the world around them. They are learning to tune out sensory stimuli when the environment is overwhelming, converse with others even though they might prefer to cuddle under a weighted blanket, and control their behavior to help them “fit in” to society. They are mastering tricks and strategies (in their mind) so they can handle the environment (matter). Again, mind over matter.

So, families and teachers, today I propose a challenge, or in Crossfit speak, a Workout of the Day. What challenge are you going to overcome? What are you going to do when life presents you with a 24” box that you need to jump on top of?

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