Amanda – Washington, D.C.

Contributor on ‘2020 – A Year’s Worth of Ruminations’

January 31, 2020

One aspect of my routine that I would like to change now is allowing myself more time to exercise. Last year, I was very consistent in my workout routine as activities like running and yoga bring so much joy to me. I’m the type of person that always needs to be moving, so without daily exercise, I feel lost! I typically work out in the mornings, but since I’m now studying in the mornings, I’m trying to find a balance between studying and exercising. Without maintaining the same exercise schedule, I can definitely feel myself feeling less focused. Exercise was that grounding force in my life (outside of friends and family) and I didn’t realize how reliant I was on it until this year when I traded my running in the mornings for studying.

As I move into a new month, I would like to find the right balance between running and studying. Maybe half of my mornings can be spent studying, and the other half running. Only thing is that on days when I run in the morning, that means I’ll need to study after work which is difficult given that things have been pretty busy at work so I’m not able to get out of the office until 6:30/7:00. I recognize that the studying is temporary, and in a few months (after I take the exam), I’ll have my mornings back.