I think I am reaching the end of the days when working at home all week was great. When people asked me how on earth I managed to work from home, I always thought they were crazy for not seeing the long list of benefits.
Now I am finding the endless juggling of home and work exhausting.
When Winter comes, even a scented candle on the desk can’t quite make me feel that glow I used to feel. I need to shake up my routine before I go quietly downhill…
One thing that makes a difference is my weekly swim at Virgin Active. I have been and used the gym and done some classes, but if I am brutally honest the real attraction is the pool for me.
It’s stainless steel and shiny, it’s built into the space where the trains would have run into the station, which now houses Virgin Active. It’s just such a great place to take a dip.
It’s warm, calm and quiet and the lighting is low, a far cry from the local pool we go to as a family.
As I swim my mind unknots the things that were driving me to distraction at home. After a few lengths I poke my head under water and begin to swim properly. That’s when the real untangling happens.
All the petty things that have crowded my brain via email and social media wash away, to drown somewhere silently in my wake. My brain begins to dive for more exciting things to think about.
Without realising it, problems are solved, connections are made, negative emotions dissolve. When I am swimming my brain churns through things without me asking it to.
Just five minutes in the sauna and I feel the glow again, a stretch in the steam room and I feel energised and ready to tackle the day again.
I don’t think I realised how much of an impact a decent
swimming pool could have on my wellbeing.
More on my experiences at Virgin Active here, I’ve been given 3 month’s membership in exchange for sharing my views. Opinions and editorial remain my own.