Whole Different Year

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What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, we were preparing the marriage of our oldest daughter, Savanna, June 29, 2019.  Passionate prep and planning didn’t miss a beat for 11 straight months.  You know what goes into wedding planning.  You also know that you never know if all the hard work you put in will “play out” as planned?  2020 is a whole different year indeed.

We are shaking our heads at the differences between ‘19 and ‘20.  Unreal.

Unexpected physical and psychological adjustments popped up here and there for the past six months.  Namely a decrease in physical activity resulting in a need for psychological pliancy. I’m guessing you know what I’m talking about? 

Did you find staying home and only going out for essential items easy or psychologically taxing?  Was it a pseudo vacation for you, or down-right depressing?  Was the physical adjustment or the psychological adjustment more difficult? The fact that physical activity is good for health and that it helps alleviate depression put both adjustments in tandem for most of us.

“Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.” (Depression and Anxiety – Exercise Eases Symptoms), Mayo Clinic)

During lockdown, we could all get out and walk or run but it wasn’t the same as the exercise routines that we put on hold.  Did you about go crazy?  I did.  We all put a lot of hard work into staving off depression and staying in shape by altering our regimen.  — I mean, walking the dog double-time is okay, but endorphins rarely release with all the stop and go.  

Now that clubs, fitness centers, and yoga studios have reopened it appears that we’ll build our muscle back up in the nic of time.  With help from God and having our favorite endorphin-producing activities back in business, sacrifices that went into locking down will [hopefully] pay off.  Somewhat akin to angst and hope that goes into wedding planning paying off.

What a difference a year makes.

Thank you for reading.

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