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Finding harmony at boot camp
Motherhood kindled Jana Thayer’s wellness journey. She discovered that making time for wellness gave her balance at work and home.
I started my BeWell journey about four years ago after the birth of my second child. ARCAS had just been built and I felt drained of energy and life, cycling between work life and family life.
I wanted to be able to keep up with my kids, so I decided to sign up for Boot Camp. It was the best decision I could have made. I learned how to plank, burpee, and turkish get-up, and I also learned that even a few minutes of exercise per day could turn into something bigger and bring me better health, clarity of mind, and a sense of community. I was surprised by the last one: I met other people who were on their own wellness journey and we encouraged and supported each other.
Today, I exercise just about every day, sometimes only for a few minutes, but you can fit a wall sit and stretch into just about any daily routine. I run 5Ks and turn cartwheels with my kids and I feel great. BeWell gives me the tools I need to continue on my path to self-improvement. It isn’t easy, and it takes a long time to change a lifetime worth of bad habits, but BeWell offers classes, workshops, seminars, encouragement, and a community of people to help you along and nudge you in the right direction.
I’m grateful for Stanford’s commitment to wellness because it’s helping me to work making better choices into an already full schedule. I still have a long way to go, but I feel supported by a whole community of wonderful people. The rest will come in time, I’m sure. With wellness, as with kids, it pays to be patient, use your words, and try to make better choices.
Jana B. Thayer – SLAC