I realized that every single hour of the day until I basically went to sleep, I was “on.” And that was a problem.
Welcome to “How I Stay Sane,” a weekly column where real dads talk about the things they do for themselves that help them keep grounded in all the other areas of their life. It’s easy to feel strung-out, and unless you regularly take care of yourself, the parenting part of your life will get a lot harder. The benefits of having that one “thing” are enormous. For Vivek Jain, a 40-year-old father of two, a business owner, and an all around over-scheduled guy, the off-the-cuff choice to keep his phone away from the gym helped him truly de-stress.
I started working out regularly about two years ago. In the beginning, I’d take my phone into the gym with me. I’d start getting calls while on the floor. My mind would start wandering off and I’d check emails, texts — all that stuff. At some point, I realized I was just “on” all day until I went to bed. I began to wonder where I could get time just to clear my head.
The physical side of going to the gym was great. I’d go and work until I dropped. I felt that, physically. But mentally, there was no opportunity for me to unplug. I realized at some point that the only time for me to potentially do that —…
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