It is now March 1st, which means I have now been successful in doing Taoist Tai Chi every day for an entire month, and my body has rarely felt better. At the same time however, the lack of success in my job hunt has me worn down, and emotionally stress is very high as the deadline for finding a job if I wish to remain in Guelph draws nearer. While on a walk this fine evening, it occurred to me that though I am starting to follow the pattern of the semester in terms of stress progression, I am not bound by the same constraints as I would be were I in school. With this in mind, I have thus come up with a strategy aimed at turning around the current progression of stress and aiding and abetting my search for a job. It is essentially a twofold plan.
Part 1: Starting tomorrow, I am going to set my alarm for 10 am every day regardless of whether I have to get up or not. I have tried this during school semesters before without success. I am attempting it again now because I have a foundation of Taoist Tai Chi exercises built up over a month so my stamina is considerably higher, and because I do not have classes distracting me. I would be foolish to rely on this alone however, so I’ve added a twist. Using the wonderful tool that is Itunes, I have created a Wake Up Playlist. What this is essentially, is a very short playlist of songs with enough energy that I feel that they would help me start the day off right. The first song on the list is New Day Dawning by Celtic Thunder, and it is this song that has inspired such a move. The advantage of getting up early first off is that it gives me more hours in a day to do things like job hunt, and I have discovered that one of the advantages of regular Tai Chi practices is my customary naps are becoming shorter and less frequent and hopefully this trend continues. An advantage of setting the arbitrary time at 10, rather than 11 as I also considered is that 10 is early enough that my stomach will be grumbling and I am hopeful I may get into the habit of having breakfast–and since the Christmas break I’ve had a large container of oatmeal flakes sitting in my cupboard waiting to be used, and I’d say it’s high time that such nutritious food was added to my diet. So between my customary morning shower, the Wake Up playlist, and oatmeal for breakfast, I am hopeful that I can indeed get into the habit of getting up at 10 each morning, and that this will in turn improve the quality of my day.
Part 2: This part of the plan is slightly more ambitious. Quite simply, having succeeded at doing my Taoist Tai Chi exercises once daily for a month, I am now going to attempt to increase that to twice daily. One practice will be earlier in the day, and one will be later. It is impractical to set a regular time but ideally the early practice would be close to when I wake up, so morning or early afternoon, and the second practice would be late afternoon or evening or just before bed. This part of the plan is of course dependent on the first part as it requires more hours in my day, but I’m hoping that part 2 will reinforce part 1 and vice versa. And when I think of all the practitioners of Taoist Tai Chi I’ve known, the ones who have seen the most benefit are the ones who have multiple practices throughout the day. Part of this has been due to seniority and the demands placed on the body, but part of it has also been an acknowledgement that you don’t realize the maximum potential of Tai Chi without multiple exercises per day. So I’m going to attempt it, and with God’s blessing, succeed.
So that’s my two-part plan, starting tomorrow. With any luck, it shall succeed.