This month, RYU is raising awareness in support of making mental health care a reality around the world. Through the #RYUOneMoreRep movement, our aim is to demystify the stigma and elevate the conversation surrounding mental health. Throughout the month of November, we’ll be sharing personal stories from individuals within our community to keep the discussion going.
YOU CAN’T DO IT ALL AND THAT’S OKAY
Winter is almost here and by the sounds of it we’re in for a long one. The days are shorter and the rain is on its way (or if you’re in Vancouver, it’s already here). It’s dark outside when you wake up and when you get home from work. ‘Tis the season to maximize on the (infrequent) sunny days, but don’t forget about the habits and routines that will take you where you want to go. For me, finding balance between the two has been difficult, especially this last year.
Just over a year ago, my little sister passed away. She was a beacon of light, a magnet and giver of happiness. Through six years of brain surgeries, multiple rounds of chemo and radiation, she knew how to live life to the fullest. She didn’t let cancer slow her down or define how she lived her life. Learning from the best, with Riv on my shoulders, you can bet that I like to make the most of my days. The issue with this is that I have a hard time saying no.
SLOWLY BUT SURELY
With the pressure of winter looming, the desire to get the most out of every day becomes even more heightened. If you’re not careful, you’ll place yourself on a trajectory headed straight for a crash – physically and emotionally.
The slip doesn’t happen all at once, but things start to accumulate over time. It starts with laundry piling up, not having enough time to grab groceries and hoarding a mountain of coffee cups in your car. When I have to spend more time making these things right, it means I’m missing out on the things I enjoy the most like listening to music, reading and taking my dog for hikes.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN DECREASE STRESS, STAY BALANCED AND SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS:
FAIL TO PLAN OR PLAN TO FAIL
- Start your day off right by preparing the night before
- Set aside your workout gear, make your lunch and anything else you need to do to make the next day flow seamlessly
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
- Allow for some flexibility – life happens and so does human error
- Don’t let a setback get to you – roll with the punches and keep your eyes on the prize
MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS YOU ENJOY
- Just like you schedule appointments, make sure you schedule in time for you
- Whether you prefer to hike, hit the gym, get a massage or just chill at home, it’s important to make yourself a priority
THINK BIG PICTURE AND STAY INTENTIONAL
- Set the intention to do what most aligns with your goals and stick with it
- Live life to the fullest, but don’t be afraid to say no
RYU Connector in BC
Liam is the owner of MVMT Academy, found in North Vancouver, BC. With community at its core, egos are left at the door and you’re invited to explore different forms of movement to help withstand whatever life throws at you. For Liam, respect means putting aside preconceived notions and biases and allowing yourself to fully accept, understand and admire someone or something for their true being.
The goal of the #RYUOneMoreRep initiative is to elevate the conversation, raise awareness of the issues and demystify the stigma surrounding mental health. How are we as a collective going to do this? We’re glad you asked.
Throughout the month of November, we’ll be tallying up your reps – every swing helps! There is strength in numbers and we’re counting on you and the rest of our community to come together for this great cause.