For the last year or two (honesly I have lost track) I have been on the struggle bus and not taking responsibility for my health. Once upon a time eating healthy and working out came extremely easy to me. It was just what I did. 2 kids later (21 months apart nonetheless) life changed. Stressors increased, time was limited, and I put myself on the back burner. This past year I’ve tried really hard to take responsibility for my health, but it’s been HARD. Oh so hard. I have excuses galore. My job is stressful, my kids stress me out, there is too much to do, eating healthy doesn’t taste as good as binging on ice cream and candy, etc… I would spend so much time making all these plans and timelines only to push it out another day, day after day. Then one day I had a call with my mastermind coach and she had mentioned a tool for me to use since my anxiety often gets the best of me. Take responsibility in what you do. I have all these goals, but the only way I can meet them is if I begin to take responsibility for my health.
The Trickle Effect
My main goal right now is improving my health. After assessing my goals and time allotment it was very clear to me my number one focus right now needs to be my health. When I exercise daily I am a better human. In order to feel good with my workouts I need to eat healthy. In order to have any interest in eating healthy, I need to sleep well. I am 100% certain I am a better wife, mom, and friend when I prioritize my health above everything else. Do I want to binge eat ice cream, candy, and pizza every night? Yup! But does that align with my goals? Unfortunately no. I allow room in my diet for these treats however binge eating sugary treats in bed alone is not in order to enjoy food, but rather a mask of whatever emotions I may be feeling.
My entire life I have had very high “me time” needs. I am a homebody, and love being alone at home. Obviously having a husband and two little kids I need to parent makes this quite difficul. I have finally accepted the fact that I need to carve alone time, otherwise I get extremely overwhelmed with life. “Alone time” inlcudes: waking up before everyone in the house, my commute to work, and lunchbreaks on work days.
Divide and Conquer With Your Spouse
My husband and I split a majority of the home/parenting tasks. More often than not he will take the kids out so I can get an hour or two to complete meal prep and tidy up the house. This is a huge game changer in my mental wellbeing. Having things done early in the day allows me to enjoy time with my family, epecifically on the weekends.
Question for you! How are you taking responsibility for your health?