An Aaptiv Wellness Journey: One Frenzied Editor's 3-Day Attempt to Survive the Hectic Holidays
Audible For Business editor Rachael Xerri gamely said yes to sharing her personal test-drive of Aaptiv's suite of free wellness offerings. She never imagined how well it'd work out for her.By Rachael XerriDec 21, 2018 12:01 PM
Day 1: 1:03 pm
I may have bitten off more than I can chew when I told my fellow Audible editor, Abby, that yes, I could definitely write an article this week. Out of all the weeks.
Here's the truth folks: My holiday shopping is half-done. There are little flecks of glitter all over my apartment from some tissue paper I bought. My deadlines to wrap up projects for the year are steadfastly approaching. As I write this, there are forty-two tabs in my browser, six excel sheets open, and the little pop-up notification has gotten so tired of alerting me to new emails that it now displays, "There are new emails in your inbox" instead of a specific number.
I convince myself that this journey will be a good thing--a way to get a head start on my New Year's Resolution before the New Year. This will be fun! I declare enthusiastically. And so, I begin my Aaptiv journey by downloading all of the trainings--they are free after all. The ones that most catch my eye most are Quick Workouts for Busy People, 21 Days of Meditation, and Sleep Better. They speak to me. I decide to feel good about this. I set an intention to become a fitter, more relaxed, better rested me--oh, and meet my deadlines. Back to work.
Day 1: 8:46 pm
The day was somehow even busier than I expected. After a less-than-stellar commute involving being stuck in traffic on a bus sitting between someone wearing way too much perfume, and someone who isn't wearing enough deodorant, I finally make it home. There's a pile of empty boxes sitting in the hall and it's my turn to take out the recycling. I break down cardboard for what feels like an eternity and eat a sort-of-soggy leftover burrito for dinner. Yum. I manage to order the rest of the gifts I need to buy--thank goodness for 2-day prime shipping. I take a shower, get dressed, and crawl into bed. I remember that I made a commitment to listen to something tonight. It's definitely not going to be a workout, after all, I had two servings of dessert at lunch so like, what's the point? I choose Day 1 of 21 Days of Meditation. Meditation expert, Jess Ray, starts talking.
"...lie down..." Awesome. I'm already doing that.
"...close your eyes..." Sweet, I'm already doing that, too.
I'm not sure if I'm actually doing this meditation thing right--are the thoughts entering through my head also passing through my head? Am I letting go enough? I'm pretty sure I fall into nap mode. It's glorious. The twelve minutes end and I realize that I now have something to look forward to each day that doesn't actually take any work. Whether I did it right or not, I do feel calmer than I did before the meditation. Cool beans.
Day 2: 8:05 am
I pressed snooze ten times this morning. That's not an exaggeration There's no way I'm sneaking in a workout--those are for busy people not late people.
Day 2: 6:45 pm
I made it through the day. It was, "busy, but good" (something I've gotten used to saying lately). It's the truth, though. I made significant headway on three of my pressing projects and even made it through an impromptu presentation. My stomach growls but opening the fridge in this moment feels like too much of an effort. I curl into the fetal position on the couch and reach for my phone. I'm genuinely looking forward to Day 2 of 21 Days of Meditation. It's titled Hold Tight. I add, "to your sanity" and chuckle. I have a dark sense of humor.
A few minutes in and I'm repeating "I am not this body. I am not this mind." Which, I would normally find hysterical if it wasn't for how into the mantra I've become. I try to picture what it would look like to be some disembodied consciousness hovering above myself. Is this what people mean when they talk about "having an out-of-body experience?" The meditation ends and I manage to wrap up a few more gifts that had arrived earlier. There's even more glitter in my apartment now than there was yesterday. Tis the season.
Day 2: 10:47 pm
After wrapping presents and sneaking in a bit more work while watching an episode of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I start listening to Better Sleep. I agree with some of the customer reviews that Jade Alexis's narration is a bit fast--at least for my personal comprehension abilities post-work day. Easy fix. I change the speed to .75x and focus on the advice.
"Write a to-do list before bed." I decide that I'm tired of staring at screens and grab a notebook and pen, hit pause, and write it out. Once it's in black-and-white I realize that there are maybe only three items that are actionable and they'll take a few minutes to accomplish. I hit play again.
"If there's anything you need to do before bed, press pause and go do it." Noted. I press pause. I put the day's clothes in the hamper, hang my coat up, and pick out the next day's clothes and throw out that glittery tissue paper that's been wreaking havoc on my sanity. I come back to bed. There are three pieces of glitter stuck to my hand. I flick them off like the pests that they are. I press play. Next step? Breathe. Check. I'm asleep in no time.
Day 3, 7:00 am
I wake up and don't press snooze. I feel more rested than usual. I could get used to this meditation thing. Oh, is the due date for this blog post today already? Time to tackle Quick Workouts for Busy People.
Day 3, 7:20 am
After brushing my teeth, I put on a sports bra under my PJs and strap on a pair of sneakers because, let's face it, those are basically the only differences between my nighttime wardrobe and my exercise wardrobe. I decide that I'm going to skip workout 1, Up and Energized: Outdoor Running because it's 29 degrees outside and I'm not about to freeze my toes off. Workout 2 is Efficient Ellip--perfect excuse for me to drag mine out of the closet...and to start referring to my elliptical as an ellip. Who has time to say full words? Brilliant.
I press play. The music is upbeat. The word of the workout is "efficient." I internalize it. I add resistance to my workout. I increase my speed. I start to sweat. The twenty minutes breeze by. I drink some water. Eat a banana. Shower. Put on work clothes, a swish of mascara and eyeliner. Grab some coffee. Get out the door. The air hurts my face but I smile anyway--I did it. I made it through hump day, meditated three times, survived a presentation and countless meetings, wrapped a pile of gifts, got a workout in, wrote a blog post, and as promised, had some fun doing it. Even though I'm free of my writing commitment now, I think I'll listen to the rest of my Aaptiv workouts--just, probably not Outdoor Running anytime soon.