#530 – What to Do at the Beach When You Have RA #2

Maybe you don't like to be in the water (gasp!), but you can be on the water. You may want to give kayaking a go. If the sit-in kayaks are too difficult for you, you may wish to try the sit-on type, like I recently did.

Initially, I had to be helped to be lowered down onto the kayak then pushed away from the shore. I discovered that I could do it myself by pushing the kayak into thigh-deep water. I then sat on the edge and reached for the far side with one hand, while pivoting onto the seat. Yes, I did get a wet bum but then, that's part of the fun!

I noticed a change with a few days of paddling. My shorts were looser in the waist and my core felt stronger. I wan't doing hours of paddling, either. I'd consider buying one if I didn't have to put it on the roof in order to transport it. That's beyond my capabilities. I need to win that lottery (I rarely buy tickets for) in order to have beach-front property! *Dreaming*

Which brings me to an important stress addressing tip. Recall the feelings you had while doing experiences you love (like kayaking on a beautiful lake), in order to bring about a change in your stress level. Notice what happens while you relive your joy/excitement/love.

If you'd like to dive deeper into the techniques to transform your stress, I offer coaching programs.

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Kayaking doesn't have to be a solitary activity. My sister and I enjoyed a few "Race you!" times, as well as some float-and-chat times. A fine combination, indeed.

As always, stay safe. Know your limits and capabilities. Watch the weather.

5 Replies to “#530 – What to Do at the Beach When You Have RA #2”

  1. I adore the great pictures and remember the many days I used to spend on the lake as a boy.

    Ok, I also liked watching the girls who were also paddling on the lake. I might like one more than the other.

  2. Hello Marianna,

    Yes (gasp!) I don’t like to be in the water, but paddling could be calling. ๐Ÿ›ถ ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Here’s an excerpt from “The Song My Paddle Sings” by the Canadian Emily Pauline Johnson:

    “For soft is the song my paddle sings.
    August is laughing across the sky,
    Laughing while paddle, canoe and I,
    Drift, drift …”

    As you read further into the poem, you’ll see she actually has quite the adventure.

    Have a relaxing rest of the summer!

    Jackie Yun

  3. Marianna, I am humming along…

    ๐ŸŽผ “My paddle’s keen and bright
    Flashing with silver…

    Blue lake and rocky shore
    I will return once more
    boomdidi yada – boomdidi yada – boomdidi yada deeeeee” ๐ŸŽผ

    Lovely songs, thank you for sharing.

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