Isn't it crazy how one of the hardest things to remember to do is to care for ourselves?
When time's get tough or time management isn't at it's peak, the first thing to go out of the window is the act of caring for our minds and our bodies. What the heck is that about!?
Now that I am in the transition from day job to entrepreneurial life, I find myself forgetting to take time to do things that are good for my body. Healthy food choices and yoga are normally the first things that I give up.
While that is already crappy enough, what leads is even worse.
Have you ever paid attention to what happens when you stop giving your body nutrient rich food and stop being as active as you should be? You start feeling shitty. Really, really shitty.
At least this is how I definitely feel when I drop what is good for me.
How can I expect myself to perform fully when I'm not giving my body what it is craving most? In turn, affecting what my mind needs most!
The importance of scheduling time for yourself.
Like I said before, self-care is normally the first thing to go when you're trying to make room for all of the new things you're doing trying to prepare for the shift. If I told you that this could be severely hindering your growth towards your passion, would you believe me?
You might believe me but choose to ignore me. Do not ignore me. I repeat, do not ignore me! This is not a drill!
The time you put into your mental and physical health needs to be thought of as sacred. There is no giving it up. You need this practice in order to succeed at whatever it is you're putting your mind towards.
If you're not feeling up to par, you will not achieve all that is possible. You may still be floating by, but you are capable of so much more if you take care of yourself the way that you should be. The only way to achieve your best, is to feel your best. And by caring for yourself and loving yourself, you will definitely be living your best life.
Trust me, I know it is easier said than done. It seems a lot easier to pick up that take out and skip that workout as a means of making more time for other activities. Don't do it. Your body will be so much happier if you get your ass to exercising and eat with intention.
Compromising without quitting on yourself.
This weird, limbo time is hard. There is going to be a ton of compromise, but you need to stick to it. Do not let yourself convince your other self that it is, "just this one time" or "better to start next week/month/year/etc." No.
You need to take care of yourself at all times, regardless.
Compromising and finding middle ground will be your saving grace in this new life of doing what's best for you. Figure out a way to get in what is important, without giving it up completely.
-If you had some elaborate nighttime routine before this new journey, but you're just not able to fit it in anymore - fine! Shorten the routine by getting in the most crucial parts and keep it moving. Make sure these parts are still enjoyable to you. If you fill your night with things that make you cringe a little, you'll end up right back where you are at now. Be mindful when you're alone with your thoughts at night.
-Not finding time to make it to the gym? Fine. Start practicing your favorite exercise styles at home. Go for a walk on your lunch break at work. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and go for a quick jog. Do squats while you brush your teeth and shampoo your hair. Do what you need to do to stay active and not give in to the lack of exercise during this journey. Your body needs movement now more than ever! You will be setting yourself up for success if you keep your body and your mind active.
-Fast food is delicious, right? Wrong. Well not really wrong, but you need to retrain your brain on this one. It is very easy to grab food instead of taking the time to cook at home. Trust me, I know! But you really need to take it up a notch here. What is the one thing that will prevent you from falling prey to the fast food trap? Always having food ready in your house. Always.
Take an hour or two each week and meal prep your ass off. Make sure you've got all of your bases covered. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, sweet treats. Do it all. Or I can promise you, I will find you in that Del Taco drive thru! GET OUT OF THAT DRIVE THRU, DAMMIT!
Treat yourself like your most important appointment.
Sometimes life really gets crazy in this transition. The best way to absolutely make sure you have time for yourself is to literally pencil yourself into your calendar. Block off some time each day to make sure you're taking the necessary steps towards caring for yourself. Even if it's just 30 minutes, you need to write this down.
You are your most important appointment of every single day. You deserve more time for yourself than anyone around you does. If you aren't properly taken care of, you can not be there fully for the important things that will come up during this shift into a more balanced lifestyle.
Take care of yourself, woman! You're all that you've got on this journey.
Our bodies and our minds are sacred. They need to feel taken care of consistently. Have you ever noticed what happens when you push yourself too hard and don't give yourself the time for self-love? You feel overwhelmed, sick, tired, etc.
It's time to take back the control of your life. You are important. You do matter. Your life wouldn't even be a thing if it weren't for you. I challenge you to put yourself first. Stop wandering your way to the back burner and really take center stage here for a change. Do it.
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