Vika's Victories | Ain't No Thing But A Chicken Wing

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For those of you who know me very personally, you know that this past week has been insane and trying — but also very healing.

While I don’t think I can properly articulate my thoughts in a well-written narrative like I usually do for this series, I thought I’d leave you all with a few bullet points of things I’ve learned along the way this week…

  • Often times, the moments that you dread aren’t so scary at all. Hold your head high, shoulders back and walk with confidence. This is something my high performance planner has taught me over the weeks. Each day, it asks for “a situation that might stress [you] out or trip [you] up today could be… and the way that [your] best self would deal with that is…” It sounds minute, but being forced (essentially) to pinpoint something each day has been invaluable.

  • Never underestimate the power of yoga, deep breathing and power posing. My favorite yoga instructor (shoutout to Rodolfo) often says, “If you can get through this pose, you can get through anything.” He’ll often relate yoga to life, which usually made me giggle or roll my eyes during the actual class — but it’s funny how these thoughts pop into your mind and allow to to take control of your emotions in the moment.

  • Let. Yourself. Rest. This is something I have struggled with over the past few months — being on a vigorous exercise regime, balancing a full time and part time job and trying to squeeze in time to recuperate... Let yourself take a day off from work. You don’t have to be ill to do so (some might argue, but I believe mental health days are just as important as anything). You can’t pour from an empty cup. Heck, you can’t perform if your body is not being given the rest it needs and deserves. Call out sick — you deserve it ;)

  • If you want to listen to the same song 27 times in a row, listen to the same song 27 times in a row. If you want to cry, cry. Let yourself experience emotions as they come. We chase happiness so often and forget that there are a million other emotions on the little chart from elementary school to choose from.

  • Lastly, find a good wing place. Because chicken is delicious. And nothing beats wing night.

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Ushvani Jagdeo