For those of you that know me, know I have worked really hard at stepping off the “Busy Treadmill” for most of the past few years. After my return from Nepal this past April, I hit the ground running have not stopped.
The by-product of choosing to take on more work, sell our home, buy a new (old) home, gut it and renovate—all good things, mind you—have taken their toll on me. I have misplaced my daily routine of hiking in nature, clearing my mind, eating healthier choices and enjoying my wine too many days of the week.
That being said, I find myself dealing with anxiety almost daily, gaining back a few pounds that I have worked so hard to lose, listening to the voice in my head that is very hard on me.
All of this has compounded into what I call “the dominos effect” (depression and anxiety). So with all that in mind, I wanted to reflect on how I will get back on my “better living” wagon come this September.
Are you with me? My top tips for getting back into the swing of things when it comes to getting your health back.
Don’t overdo it – approach kindly
Just because I feel I need to lose some weight, I am not going to go out and buy a new treadmill (or even dust off the one I already own), buy the latest active wear, join a gym and start a new diet. My body is going to fight me on all of these things, so I need to introduce them one at a time.
Find what motivates you
Are you an audio, visual or kinaesthetic person? Do you need to listen to a podcast or song to get motivated? Do you need to see written affirmations all over your home? Do you need to write down your goals each day? Or just “do” what needs to get done? An accountability buddy is always a good option, someone who is not going to listen to your excuses (and there will be plenty) when stuff needs to get done.
Just start somewhere
You don’t have to get going with everything you want to do. A small start like adding 10 minutes of exercise to your day, or saying ‘no’ once a day to “a treat” is a good place to start.
This is a non-negotiable. We all need quality sleep if we want to operate at our best. So start with a 3-day commitment and be in bed 10 minutes to 10pm. NO TV-watching or phone-checking. Just allow yourself to fall into the restorative part of your night’s sleep. If you give yourself about a week of this, your body will start to wake up when you are actually rested.
Change your mindset
When you are reaching for the cupcake, extra glass of wine or the spoonful of sugar in your coffee, think “How is this nourishing my body and giving it the long-lasting energy it needs?” At the very least, become way more curious (not judgemental) as to why you are reaching for these things in the first place. Stay Curious.
If you want this to last, you have to remember that this is a process, sometimes a long one, and not to beat yourself up if you slip. We all have those days where we cheat. Just don’t turn them into weeks or months. Tell yourself that was fun, then move on back to the good stuff. And it really is the good stuff. The kind of stuff which gives you even more energy to get through all the “busyness” with a smile on your face. Your loved ones will be happier too, as you may not be so cranky or moody because you are coming down from a sugar high!
When it comes to looking after ourselves, it should ALWAYS take priority. People will always argue this. They may feel that they are not worthy or don’t have the time.
You are and you do.
Sometimes you just need someone to remind you of this. I hope I have done just that.
Here’s to doing some radical self-care this fall. Let me know your favourite Self-Care activity in the comments below.
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